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, explores the difficult choices that arise when life and love lead in different directions.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If you enjoy stories about young love that are sweet with a twist—John Green fans, we’re looking at you—you’ll savor American author Jennifer E. Smith’s Hello, Goodbye, And Everything in Between. We get to tag along as high school sweethearts Clare and Aidan spend their last night together before heading off to colleges on opposite sides of the country. Both of them are in agreement that what they have is beautiful and rare, but Clare is convinced they should break up to avoid the pitfalls of long-distance love. Like The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and The Geography of You and Me, Smith’s new novel expertly blends romantic and funny with sad and true-to-life.
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.
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Love love love
I absolutely adore this book. Aiden & Clare seem very real and complex. The story was well written and the characters were complex and relatable.
A sweet, poignant love story.
Received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
HELLO, GOODBYE, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN by Jennifer E. Smith is a sweet, poignant story about two high school sweethearts spending their last night before college together.
Although the pacing was pretty slow (particularly for such a short read), I ultimately enjoyed the journey these two characters took. I like the way Smith manages to weave a subtle emotional current throughout her entire story. The action slowly, gradually builds to something quite satisfying.
Not my favorite of her books, but still worth a read on a lazy afternoon.