ARC Review: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith

23369370Title: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between

Author: Jennifer E. Smith

Publication date: September 1, 2015

Publisher: Poppy

Pages: 256

Source: ARC from the publisher (Thank you, The NOVL!)

Purchase the book: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository / Fully Booked / National Book Store


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.

*Photo and synopsis from Goodreads

My review:

One of the things I love about reading a Jennifer E. Smith book is getting this hopeful, magical feeling inside me every time. This year, the remarkable author gives readers another YA contemporary rich in thought and emotions that will surely leave a lasting impression in their hearts.

Wrapped in a sincere and nostalgic undertone, Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between is a story is about love and the difficult decisions we make in life. It follows Clare and Aidan, a couple on their last night before leaving for college. Both are contemplating whether they should break up or keep their relationship intact. Clare and Aidan go on a trip to memory lane—back to where their love story began—hoping to find something that will help resolve their dilemma. Now who wouldn’t be keen on reading a story as unique as this?

Raw and realistic, Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between is a well-conceptualized novel that fascinated me. The idea of revisiting your past in a span of twelve hours was indeed refreshing and exciting. I’m consistently on the lookout for books with ingenious and attention-grabbing concepts. I’m happy to say that Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between falls under the classifications I mentioned. The story makes you realize a lot of things! Oh, and the feels are so spot on! They punch holes in your heart one moving scene after the other. Mind you, most of my sticky notes have “Awwww”, “Oh my heart!” and “The feels!” written on them.

The characters are genuine and easy to associate with. Clare and Aidan’s relationship is a delight to behold! I enjoyed visiting their past with them and seeing their relationship unfold. I also liked Scotty and Stella! They are downright cute and entertaining! I wish there would be a book about them. 🙂

As always, Jennifer E. Smith writes beautiful and authentic stories that readers don’t want to end. Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between is definitely one of them! I will always look forward to reading Jennifer E. Smith’s books!

Instilled with surprising discoveries and hopeful beginnings, Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between is brilliance and heart in one exceptional novel.



4.5/5 stars



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