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

“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?”

-Synopsis taken from Goodreads

Hey guys! Meaghan here again! So I always find it really nice to break up some more intense series and books by throwing a book by Jennifer E. Smith in there every once in a while, and it ended up being exactly what I needed now too!

“The only thing harder than leaving is being left behind.”

Stars (Out of 10): 10/10 Stars

Overall Thoughts: This book really hit hard, since I’m in a long-distance relationship myself. I related to the deciding, and while it was never as open conversation wise as here, I remember talking about it and figuring out how to work around the problems. I was the Aidan in the beginning, wanting to try without thinking of the consequences, so I actually thought his character was pretty accurate in that thinking. This book was also extremely realistic in all aspects of it, which I won’t go into detail of here due to spoilers. A great, yet very emotional, read.

SPOILERS BEGIN HERE

The Good: I loved how realistic it was. The night didn’t end in a happily ever after, even as it seemed to be heading that way. There was tension between Clare and Aidan, tension built up due to the incoming pain and stress of having to leave each other. While I didn’t necessarily relate to the characters personally, the way it was written still made me able to feel for them, and understand where they were coming from in each situation.

The Bad: There wasn’t much to put in this column actually. It was short, yes, but it didn’t need to be longer to tell the story better. It may have been simple, but that’s all this plot called for, just simply emotion and how it was dealt with.

The Characters: I liked that the book still focused on the main couple, but still had some scenes with their best friends and such, making them seem a bit more well-rounded friendship wise. I also liked how the only conflict wasn’t Aidan and Clare and their decision, but also dealing with Scotty being left behind, and Stella in general. Goodbyes are tough in all aspects, not just relationships, so I’m glad Smith touched on all aspects.

The Plot: This was mainly touched on in the character section, but once again I liked how this was well-rounded. We saw all sides of the hardships of leaving, family, romance, and friends. I also liked how we got an insight into their past, rather than just being thrown into the present, somehow expected to wish for a couple’s happy ending that we know no history about.

The Favorite Character: Aidan

Buy it, Borrow it, or Bin it: Buy it!

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