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

Synopsis

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.

Review

MY POOR HEART. This book was so emotional. There were happy, snappy, jubilant moments. There were fun ones, but they were all tinged with a sense of nostalgia and melancholy. There was anger, indecision, and most importantly, love. I cried in the middle (was that the climax?) and at the end.

I don’t know if I regret never having a high school relationship; that classic idea of a “first love.” It’s like Strangers, Again — when you first get together, and it’s serious, do you realize that the only options are to stay together, get married, live happily ever after… or break up? Love is so, so complicated.

I’m not sure I agreed with all of their decisions. Why not take it like their dear best friends? Why did they have to “set each other free”?

Jennifer E. Smith is a master at sharing these one-day romances. There’s nothing more heady and romantic than one moment, one day, one night. I wish the best for these characters. They make me want to believe in that fairytale love story.

Related Reading

  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight – Jennifer E. Smith
  • The Geography of You and Me – Jennifer E. Smith
  • The Summer After You and Me – Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
  • Roomies – Sara Zarr, Tara Altebrando

Rating: 5/5

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