Title: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Recommended for: 9th Grade and Up
Call Number/Link: Teen Fiction Smith, J.
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?
Review: Smith has been one of my favorite authors since The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and did not disappoint with Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between. This plot is a bit different than some of her others as it’s not about falling in love, but knowing that you love each other and deciding it’s wise to stay together when you’re going to be on the opposite sides of the country. It’s very bittersweet as you can tell the characters have a lot of history and have to decide if they want to follow logic or their hearts. Will going into college being attached to someone really hold them back? Will they find themselves waiting around for a phone call when they should be out having fun? Clare is def. the more hardcore logically one about it while Aidan is doing everything he can to convince her that they can make it. She’s got her reasons and while they’re a bit shaky at time it’s hard to fault her for the logic even if you want to shout that she should follow her heart. After all, long distance relationships are hard for adults let alone 18 year olds experiencing their first time away from home. Sometimes it’s all about timing and that can often overrule the love you have for each other.
While I think any teen can enjoy this one, I do think it will resonate the most with seniors as I’m sure some may be facing the very same situation soon.