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?
Charming, bittersweet, and full of wisdom and heart, this new 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.
Firstly, let me thank Frances Gough of Headline Books for sending me a review copy.
I absolutely love books by Jennifer E. Smith. She is the one author that one of my closest friends (shout out to Suaad) and I rave about and swoon over (in a non-romantic way) because her novels have an uncanny way of reminding us what it was like to be young and in love. Jennifer E. Smith has a skill, a wonderful talent of making not only loveable protagonists and heroes but also an amazing way of making you a part of their love story. For me, there is not much more that I want from a writer.
Reading Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith is like reading a romance novel in reverse. It is bittersweet but strangely hopeful and uplifting. It makes you want to revisit your memories of your high school college crush – just the good parts mind though.
The story focuses on Clare and Aiden; teenagers who have been going out for two years but have to make the difficult decision as to whether to keep their relationship alive even though they are both heading to different colleges that are two thousand miles apart. Should they be practical or follow their hearts.
In a somewhat novel twist, Smith has usurped what I would have thought the natural roles. She has made Clare the pragmatist and Aiden the hopeless romantic. What is particularly special about Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between is that you feel like you are living out the drama with Clare and Aiden and you can see both sides of the argument. You feel as discombobulated as the two main characters. Now that is good writing.
For those among you who love a good romance novel that fills you with the warm and fuzzies then you must read Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith (and indeed her other works) because the woman just nails it. Every. Damn Time.
Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith is available now.
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