Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith
Published by Poppy on September 1st 2015
Genres: YA Contemporary
On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan have only 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.
I picked up an ARC of this book at Book Expo American 2015.
I was surprised by now much I ended up enjoying this book. I went into it with very low expectations, expecting only fluff, and got so much more from this.
Clare and Aiden as characters felt very real to me. Their story is one that is echoed around the world by many different couples as they decide what to do about their relationship as they go down different paths after high school. Although not every couple has the dramatic last minute “road trip of our relationship” night, that is what made this book fun. And the night was still not all together unrealistic!
Clare and Aiden’s problems rang true. There were moments that both made me nostalgic and made my stomach drop because I either experienced something similar or knew someone else that did during that crucial crossroads moment after high school. My only complaint was that the side characters were a bit two dimensional. There was potential there for them to be fleshed out more. But I went into this book knowing it was going to be completely about the relationship, so I didn’t mind much.
I also found the ending to be very satisfying. With books set around this time in a teenagers life, it can be common to have a vague outcome. This book tied up all the loose ends, which I was grateful for.
Overall, I think this is a very underrated contemporary that will ring true to a lot of people who have experienced the confusing and exciting time between high school and college.