Friday, 28 August 2015

REVIEW: HELLO, GOODBYE AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN - JENNIFER E. SMITH

THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO ME BY THE PUBLISHER IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW, THANK YOU! THIS DOES NOT EFFECT MY OPINION IN ANY WAY.
TITLE: Hello, goodbye and everything in between
AUTHOR: Jennifer E. Smith
PUBLISHER: Headline books
RELEASE DATE: 1st September 2015
SOURCE: ARC from publisher 
GOODREADS: x
MY RATING: 4/5 stars

SYNOPSIS:
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.


MY THOUGHTS:I'll be honest, I had no idea what this book was about before I started it. I knew it had an adorable cover, and I knew I liked Jennifer E. Smith's writing style in This is what happy looks like, but aside from that I had no idea what to expect.
Luckily, I ended up really enjoying it. 

Hello, goodbye and everything in between has a great of bitter and sweet, and this made it seem so much more realistic than other YA contemporaries I've read in the past. Even though there are some really sweet romantic moments Clare and Aidan don't have a perfect relationship and they face a lot of the problems teens go through at this point in their lives. I feel like leaving for college is never talked about in YA books (which is weird seeing as most people in the YA age range are going to experience it) and I really liked that Jennifer E. Smith handled this topic in such a relatable way. 

Jennifer E. Smith's writing is very simple and fast paced, but this works really well with the kind of stories that she writes. I think she's really good at creating a compelling story and realistic characters without using a ton of fancy which is something I really appreciated, especially after reading a bunch of fantasy books. It's not a long book, and it's only set over one night, but somehow that was all I need to grow attached to the characters and invested in the story.

I liked that all the characters were realistically flawed, but that didn't stop them getting on my nerves a lot of the time. Honestly, there were times when I just wanted to punch everyone in the face. That's my biggest criticism of the book- it could just be so frustrating at times! Luckily everybody redeemed themselves in the long run and I was rooting for them all to have a happy ending, and overall I thought the characters were relatable and largely likable.

I know Jennifer E. Smith's books just don't work for some people, and if that's the case you're probably not going to like this one either. I think you can probably tell from the synopsis if this story appeals to you or not. Personally I really like a quick contemporary read, and this definitely fits into that category. It's not necessarily one that stands out from other books I've read, but I enjoyed it for what it is.

IN CONCLUSION:
Hello, goodbye and everything in between is a bittersweet and realistic look at an event that the majority of teenagers experience, with a cute love story and relatable-but-frustrating characters, I don't think it'll work for everyone, but I really enjoyed it and thought it was a great book to end the summer with!









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