Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith
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 am 36 years old, and I read a lot of young adult fiction. I usually have no problem putting myself back in the mindset of being a teenager. I love the angst. I don’t mind the drama. And I especially love stories of young love. But for some reason, I couldn’t get into this book.
Clare and Aidan have been dating for two years, and because they’re going to college on opposite sides of the country at the end of the summer, they’re trying to decide whether they should break up. Aidan wants to stay together. They love each other, he thinks, so they can make it work. Clare is afraid of missing out of the college experience, so she thinks they should break up. After all, their relationship won’t last forever anyway, she reasons.
On their last night together, everything comes back to this one argument, and it drove me crazy! I could not stand the indecisiveness. And as a grown woman, the whole “leaving for college” thing that seems like a big deal at the time, just didn’t seem like a big deal to me now as an adult. My sister even went through this experience with her college boyfriend before she moved to Alaska for a year in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, and still I couldn’t stomach this story.
Also, the writing style was weird. It was completely written in third person, but because it was always told from Clare’s POV, it seemed really awkward to me.
One great thing…the friends! Clare and Aidan each have a best friend, and they’re a little foursome gang, and I loved their interactions. The friends are both really down to Earth (and I cannot remember their names…oops), but they made parts of this book really enjoyable.
This story is cute, and if you like the final hooray type stories, then you will probably really enjoy this book. It just wasn’t for me.
My Rating: 3 Stars
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