Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between
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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 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 leads them to family and friends, 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?
Charming, bittersweet, and full of wisdom and heart, this irresistible novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and Field Notes on Love, explores the difficult choices that arise when life and love lead in different directions.
The day before going off to separate colleges on opposite sides of the country, Clare and Aidan have an important decision to make: are they going to break up or attempt a long-distance romance? They might be at the end of the road, as Clare believes, but there is also a chance that they're just beginning, as more idealistic Aiden hopes. Over a 12 -hour period, the couple revisits sites marking significant moments in their time together. They collect keepsakes, visit mutual friends, and ponder the next and perhaps final step of their relationship. Told from Clare's point of view, Smith's (The Geography of You and Me) novel persuasively evokes her roller-coaster emotions as hours pass and waves of exhaustion, longing, and regret come and go. Although Aidan's thoughts aren't explicitly stated, his words, gestures, and reactions clearly express what's in his heart. Readers especially those whose own time has come to leave the nest will strongly feel the tug of war between growing up and clinging to the familiar. Ages 12 up.