Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Quick Pick: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between, by Jennifer E. Smith

  • Opening lines: When Aidan opens the door, Clare rises onto her tiptoes to kiss him, and for a moment, it feels like any other night.
  • Reason I picked up the book: I read and reviewed The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by the same author, as well as The Geography of You and Me, and adored both.
  • And what's this book about?
  • 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.
  • Favorite paragraph:
  • Clare blinks at him, feeling leaden straight down to her toes. However prepared she thought she'd been to break up with him tonight, she realizes now that she hadn't really expected it to happen. At least not like this. Not in the way that most couples break up: fighting and scrabbling, dredging up long-dormant arguments and lobbing them at each other like grenades. If it had to end, she'd imagined it would be poignant and inevitable: a single tear, a sorrowful hug, a brave goodbye.

    But Aiden is already in the car, the engine humming to life, and there's nothing for her to do but hurry around to the other side and get in, too, worried that he might actually leave without her. 
  • Recommended for: Anyone who likes a good story or a quick YA read. Also for anyone that's ever been in that "neither here, nor there" space as Aidan and Clare are here; done with high school, and about to leave for college (two separate ones on opposite coasts; Dartmouth and UCLA).
  • Something to know: This book comes to stores on September 1, 2015. 
  • What I would have changed: Nothing. I especially loved the ending; it was perfect, and perfectly written, too. 
  • Overall rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
  • Where can I find this book? Click here to preorder.

*Disclosure: I received an e-ARC of this book from NetGalley for reviewing purposes. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.


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