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ARC Review: Hello, Goodbye, And Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith

Review: Hello, Goodbye, And Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith

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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?

Charming, bittersweet, and full of wisdom and heart, this new 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.

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Jennifer E. Smith probably has the most inviting and intriguing book covers than any other YA author I know. No matter what her books are about, I buy them because the covers are just too dang hard to resist. I have read 2 previous books by her and I really enjoyed them a lot.

Unfortunately, This book did nothing for me. What is happening to YA contemporary this summer? They are great feel good summery books, but each one has left me feeling more and more unfulfilled, this one, probably disappointed me the most.

Claire is this super smart and logical girl, getting ready to head off to college, but she has to make a very important decision. Does she stay with her boyfriend Aidan, whom got accepted into a different college, or do they go their separate ways so they can have a real full college experience without being tied down to each other?

The boyfriend Aidan, wants to stay in the relationship, he is 100% Claire and Aidan, where Claire is the one who is more leaning towards the breakup. But she wants to be positive it’s the right thing. So the night before they head off to college, they sort of go on a flashback tour of all their favorite places.

The book was cute, it was a coming of age novel, but I was left very unsatisfied, and very frustrated. When I read a contemporary, I want to be able to get lost and feel all those feels. I just didn’t feel that with this book. And because of that, I also sort of disconnected myself with the characters, therefore, it really made the whole experience not fun for me.

If you want a cute quick read, with some unnecessary drama,  then you may like this book. The writing is exceptional, the characters and story, really just fall short for me.

Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review

2.5 Stars

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4 thoughts on “ARC Review: Hello, Goodbye, And Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith

  1. Sorry to hear the book didn’t work for you. I personally struggle to get into contemporary reads in the first place so I think I’ll stay away here. But I agree, Jennifer E Smith is blessed with such an amazingly talented cover designer!!

    1. Yes, I used to love contemporary, but lately I have noticed myself straying from YA contemporary. I enjoy the sci-fi/fantasy YA more. I do enjoy NA Contemporary, but as far as YA goes, Im feeling a little burned out. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. Gah! I’m so sorry you didn’t like this one. I’m looking forward to it because I luuurrve Smith’s books. And those covers just draw you in. I’ve been reading a lot of YA contemporary this year, and her books always stand out. Hopefully, I will love this one.

    1. I also love her books, this one just didn’t meet my expectations, especially after reading some really good contemporaries this summer. Last Year’s Mistake is probably my favorite YA contemporary I’ve read so far. This one just didn’t do it for me like her previous books.

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