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Book Review: Hello, Goodbye & Everything In Between – Jennifer E. Smith

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Hello, Goodbye & Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith
Pages: 246 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Poppy, September 2015


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Overall Rating: 3.5/5


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.


1. Plot

It was a very good idea, this kind of “transition” phase, coming of age type of plot. Personally, I don’t feel like I’ve seen many books that carry this specific plot or a similar one. Although it is a very typical YA romance, I feel like the issues that were brought into play were unique in their own way. This plot definitely has a lot of potential.

2. Characters

Okay, I had a hate love relationship with the characters. I loved them because they were so… normal. But I hated them because they were so indecisive.


1. Writing Style

Again, I really want to like Smith’s writing style, but it felt average for me. I feel like she has so much potential with the plots, but either slow pacing or rushed endings etc. makes it difficult for me to love her writing.


Plot: 4/5

Characters: 3.5/5

Writing Style: 3/5

Overall: 3.5/5

Final Thoughts
When I first started to read this book, I felt like this would be a pretty good book. However, the plot eventually became too slow for my liking. I personally think this would have made a great short story, instead of a full length book (even if it was only a little over 200 pages). Overall, this book was just okay. I would only recommend this book to you if you are very intrigued by the plot or you are a huge fan of Smith’s writing.

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