Monday, September 21, 2015
Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between
Jennifer E. Smith
Audience: All Teens
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?
Wow, I didn’t read the description of this book before I started it. That is totally my fault. However, when I think of Jennifer E. Smith’s teen books, I think of cute, complicated, uplifting romances that I can finish quickly. This was about a cute, complicated decision on whether or not to break up. Throughout the book, splitting seems inevitable, so much so that I was wondering why I was reading it. Everything seemed to drag on and on. Part of the problem may have been that when I was headed to college, I didn’t constantly think, “Oh, this is the last time we’ll do this!” I wasn’t attached to high school in any way. So maybe that’s why I was so disappointed in this book. If you liked high school and don’t mind goodbyes, you’ll probably enjoy this book better than I did.