I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith
on September 1st 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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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'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.
Clare and Aidan decide to wait until the last minute to figure out if they should stay together or break up. They are about to leave for college on opposite sides of the country and the only logical thing left to do is to retrace the steps of their relationship and see if there’s something to salvage in the first place. So, will they break up? Will they do the long-distance thing? Will you even care about any of this by the time they make a decision?
I read somewhere that the author wanted to write a long goodbye rather than a “hello” story and I was immediately drawn to the idea. I thought it had a lot of potential and it could be a nice change of pace. I’ve been reading the same stories for so long that I was craving something different so my expectations were sky-high. Even though I liked the concept, I did not enjoy the final product. This novel is less than 260 pages long but it took me ages to read. I was bored out of my mind and I wanted nothing more than for them to make up their minds so I could move on with my life. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen but all they did was whine and go around in circles and whine some more. It is possible that I’m just bitter but this maybe-breakup was a thousand times more dramatic than it needed to be.
I think the main reason I had such a hard time putting up with this story is that the main characters are awful. Clare and Aidan are bland, flat, and incredibly boring. I didn’t like them so I didn’t care about their relationship status at all. And since I didn’t care about their relationship then everything felt like a huge waste of time. The one thing that made this mess tolerable was every other character besides Clare and Aidan. Their friends are entertaining and quickly became my favorite aspect of the novel. I kept pretending like the story was about them instead so I could put up with the other two (while secretly wondering why awesome people would put up with so much unnecessary drama).
Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between is very hit-or-miss. I can see people liking this story but it wasn’t for me. I have to confess that I cared a tiny bit about the story at the very end but maybe I was just relieved that it was over.