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

September 14, 2015 Review 30 ★★★

ARC Review: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith
Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith
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Publisher: Poppy
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 256
Release Date: September 1st 2015
Genres: Dating & Sex, Friendship, Love & Romance, Social Issues, 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?

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.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

alise

I have read a good portion of Jennifer E. Smith’s Young Adult novels and although HELLO, GOODBYE, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN won’t be my all time favorite work by her, it is still a memorable story about change and finding our own way I think we all can relate to.

Like most of her books, this one ends with a strong conclusion (more on that later), but getting there was a little bit of a challenge. This story is extremely character-driven, and while I usually don’t have an issue with such novels, the pacing of this one could drag at times.

Since the story does take place over the course of twelve hours, there is a challenge to not only get to know the characters, but to learn to want to root for them and feel for their situation. I think Smith did a pretty good job with this, although, like I mentioned, it does lead to some pacing issues as most of the story is mostly back and forth dialogue.

The characters themselves are relatively ordinary but you could argue that is what makes the story hit closer to home-these characters could be you or me. I ended up liking them, but it took me about half of the book to truly care about them.

“Over the past twelve hours, they’ve spent all their words-generously, riotously, fully-like a couple of gamblers throwing down every last chip without a single thought for tomorrow.”

Only Jennifer E. Smith can write open endings that I am truly content with, they are always full of hope and promise, and most of all-heart. I’m pretty sure each of her last chapters take a little piece of my soul. She wraps her character’s stories up in a way that leaves you feeling fulfilled, but still leaving them open enough to imagine what the future might bring for those characters. HELLO, GOODBYE, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN left me with a smile on my face.

Quotes are from an ARC and may be changed.

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Rating Report
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Overall: 3

30 Responses to “ARC Review: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith”

  1. Vane J.

    The story takes place in twelve hours? Now you’ve got me intrigued, haha. If the author managed to make you care about the characters in such a short time span, then it must be a good book! Unfortunately, I’m not in the mood for romance right now, so… Still, great review, Alise!
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    • Alise

      It took a good portion of the book but by the end, I was definitely rooting for them. Yeah, this one revolves around the romance so xD Thank you!

  2. Amanda @ Nellie and Co.

    I’ve heard a lot of people rating this middle of the road, but for that reason, I know I’m going to love it because the Smith works that people are iffy about, I adore, it’s like a sign. I love the sound of this novel and your review Alise makes me even more excited than I always was. It ha the feel of Statistical, and that was my very first Smith novel, so I’m eager to read this! :D
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    • Alise

      That’s interesting! This one is definitely unique, especially due to the time constraint. Statistical was my first as well, love it :) Hope you enjoy!

    • Alise

      I feel you. They are cute and fun reads but lack that memorability sometimes. It was definitely tough but it did happen. Sure! :)

  3. Mallory @ The Leaning Tower of Tomes

    I read Jennifer’s Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and thought it was cute enough but not very memorable. That book also takes place over just the course of a day, so I found it hard to like and care about the characters. I don’t know if I’ll be picking up any more of her books. They’re quick reads and fluffy, but since I barely read contemporary anyway I usually go for the more serious books in the genre, or ones everybody is raving about.
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    • Alise

      Statistical is probably my favorite work by her although it did lack something special other than the time frame. I feel you, totally understandable!

  4. Wattle

    12 hours seems like such a short timeframe, although I guess really 12 hours is adequate time for many things to happen! I like when books start with the end (because then it’s difficult for me to flip to the end and for it to make sense haha), will definitely keep this author on my radar :)
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    • Alise

      At least the characters already have a developed relationship, could you imagine trying to sell the readers on their romance in 12 hours D: Ahaha, I always have that urge.

  5. Kirsty-Marie

    Oh man, I’m a little scared about this one now, I mean, I love her books, and I love that they are mostly character driven, and I’ve liked the characters, but…I’m worried about that pacing issue, and taking so long to actually care and connect to them. :(
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    • Alise

      If you liked her other works I think you will enjoy this one as I did, although I have to say it’s not her strongest, in my opinion.

  6. Faye la Patata

    That’s really so beautiful, the fact that these are ordinary characters, but that’s what makes them so relatable at the same time because it could be US. That’s why I want more ordinary heroes and heroines and less perfect, ideal ones. Happy to know that this one is a promising book~ I’ve yet to try her other stuff, but I know from friends she’s a solid writer!
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    • Alise

      Exactly! I’d also much rather have an imperfect relatable protagonist than a perfect special snowflake. Her novels are always a fun time, I would recommend her early work if you want to try her stuff!

  7. Romi

    Oh neat! This is a fairly positive review and I kind of feel like that’s the way it tends to be with Jennifer E. Smith’s books. I’ve only read one, Stat Prob, and enjoyed it quite a lot- they’re fairly easy going, definitely character driven, and are just… enjoyable. Although I guess I can’t compare them to any of the others if I’ve only read one. The reviews I’ve read for the other books do tend to paint them in a similar way, though.
    I’m a little (or possibly more than that) bugged by the cover typography. It’s frustrating me!
    Glad this was a fairly happy read, Alise. xx
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    • Alise

      Yeah, exactly. That’s definitely how I would describe them. They are similar but different enough the story isn’t repetitive. Unfortunately there just isn’t a WHOLE lot of meaning to them.

      All her books have that type haha, I kinda like it :P
      Thanks!

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