Title: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Date Started: November 24
Date Finished: November 25
Format: Hardcover from local library
A lot can happen in twelve hours. Aidan and Clare have been together most of high school and on their last night together before they leave for college they need to figure out whether or not they’re going to stay together. He’s going to UCLA, she’s going Dartmouth. And even though they knew this day has been coming and have discussed it endlessly, they still haven’t come up with a decision. So Clare, plans a ‘scavenger hunt’ of all the places that have meant something to both of them over the years. But like with everything in life, it doesn’t go according to plan.
Jennifer E. Smith is another one of those authors who’s up there with Susane Colasanti and Sarah Dessen. She writes these beautiful books that don’t fluff around with too much detail. You get to the point right away and you enjoy every page. Hello, might have been only 248 pages but it was an amazing 248 pages. Clare and Aidan jump off the page right away. You can tell that there is a good reason for them debating whether or not to end their relationship before they go off to college. They work together, but at the same time both are really afraid that if they stay in this relationship the other is going to miss out on things in college. Even their best friends – Stella and Scotty – who don’t have a lot of page time are actually quite the characters. I think I would have liked to see them more in the book, maybe a spin off?
I will admit that after a while, the whole back and forth of their discussion did get kind of bothersome until finally they both realize that they’re calling it off. But even after that – in a fist fight of all things – they still continue on and talk. I actually thought that they were going to stick it out there for a while.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Enjoyable read, that somewhat got bothersome with the constant back and forth of will they or won’t they. Still curious with that ending though. What happened over the last eight months? I demand a sequel!
Bookshelf worthy? Oh where, oh where, has my shelf space gone. Oh where, oh where has it gone?