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

cover59802-mediumAuthor: Jennifer E. Smith
Genre: Young Adult
Publication: Little, Brown Books for Young Adults
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Pages: 256
Spoilers: I don’t think so!
Special: YABC Staff Review (e-ARC)
Rating: 4.0 Stars (4.0 / 5)



Thank you so much YABC and Little, Brown Books for Young Adults for giving me the opportunity to read this lovely book! I really enjoyed the e-ARC and I’m sure I’ll be reading more of Jennifer E. Smith in the (near) future! 

When I got the book, I was excited to read it, but didn’t expect TOO much of it. To me it sounded a bit shallow, but I adored the cover, so I gave it a shot. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed reading the book and I think more readers will experience this.

“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?” [goodreads]


The novel introduces the problem of Clare and Aidan pretty fast: they are both going to study far away from their home town, even further away from each other. They’re in a great relationship, but have decided to break up the list night they’re in town. On the one hand, this sounded strange to me: if you love each other, you won’t let a little distance break up your relationship, will you? But at the other hand, Clare and Aidan are both teens, so going to college will mean making new friends and having the chance to ge into new realtionships. From the beginning you will start wondering about how they’re going to fix this problem.

It got very clear after a couple of pages that Clare and Aidan don’t really want to break up, but really have to any way. Clare thinks of a way to do this: she makes a list of things she wants to do the last night they’re in town. It includes places she’s been with Aidan, and sometimes their friends join them too. You will sucked into something that you could call a local road trip and you even go down memory lane while Clare and Aidan are trying to break up throughout the whole evening.

The things they go through that night are just utterly funny. They laugh, they cry, this kiss, they break up, they make up and break up again. It’s an emotional rollercoaster, and the book covers just ONE NIGHT in their lifes, which is amazing. It takes a whole book to describe that one night, flash backs included ofcourse. I think Jennifer did an amazing job describing all the events and their feelings for each other.

There were two things that I thought could’ve been better. Stella feels a bit shallow to me. I think she could’ve been ellaborated more. I wanted to know more about her, why she does certain things and why she says certain things. And the second thing is that the story really makes the ‘break-up-problem’ very very big. Every story needs a problem, a dilemma, that has to be solved. And that’s what happened in the novel, of course, but to me, it was a bit dramatic.

I really was surprised by how much I liked the book, the story, the world and the characters. They become a live very quickly and make you feel as if you’re one of their friends, just as involved as they are. I think Jennifer put them down really realistically. Clare can’t make up her mind, which I think is really something that all teens struggle with, especially when it comes to love.

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between is a hilarious, adorable and realistic story about two teens trying to figure out how to break up properly while they are still madly in love with eachtother. I’d recommend this book to anybody who loves Gayle Forman or John Green.


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