Book: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between
Date Published: September 1st, 2015
Date Started: September 16th, 2015
Date Finished: September 22nd, 2015
Other books reviewed: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, This is What Happy Looks Life, The Geography of You and Me
On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they’ll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night will lead them to friends and family, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?
This new must-read novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that must be made when life and love lead in different directions.
I love Jennifer E. Smith’s books. Plain and simple. They always cheer me up if I’m ever in a bad mood. They are the perfect mixture of light and fluffy with a hint of drama and complexity. MY all time favorite was the Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight because of the London setting, the instant connection with a stranger (A Brit to boot!), etc.
So what about Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between? I think this one fell a little flat for me. I was expecting to read this book in one sitting, like I did with the other books, but I didn’t It actually took me almost a week to finish this book. I know that’s not a long time to read a book, but I was expecting to just fall in love with this book and get sucked up into it. To sum it all up, it just wasn’t hooking me in.
One reason I was so excited about this book was the fact that it deals with something that many teenagers face before leaving for college. A lot of people are faced with that decision to stay in a relationship or break it off. It’s a really difficult decision sometimes because you want to stick with the familiar, stick with something good in your life. On the other hand, you want to be able to face new challenges with nothing holding you back. I think this book captured this dilemma perfectly. The characters were always going back and forth, struggling to make a final decision and actually stick with it.
But that’s just the thing. I found myself unsure of which way I wanted them to go. In the end, I don’t think I cared as much as I should have. Whichever way they went was fine with me. That’s when I knew that I wasn’t really into this book. If I don’t care for the characters, then I won’t care for the story.
This was a nice short little story, but it just fell a little flat for me. I recommend this book for that summer night before college, whether you have some decisions to make yourself or not.