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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?
I’d like to thank Frances Gough over at Headline Publishing for a copy of this book! I first came across Jennifer E. Smith when I read a bunch of her books last summer (The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, This is What Happy Looks Like, The Geography of You and Me) and instantly fell in love with them! They were absolutely perfect for the weather – not to mention they have this sort of ‘new beginnings’ feel about them, and that happened to be the summer before I started university.
When I heard about Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between, I knew instantly that I wanted it. So imagine my excitement when I saw that it was available for request on BookBridgr (which is such an awesome and helpful site for book bloggers, you guys!) I ended up getting a copy in the mail and I started it straight away! Unsurprisingly, it’s another book written by Jennifer E. Smith that I loved.
This book follows Clare and Aidan – a couple who have been going out for two years and are trying to figure out whether to stay a couple, or to break up before college. They only have twelve hours to do this. Clare reminded me a bit of myself, she overthinks everything, tries to control everything, and creates a lot of lists. She makes a list of things to do that she thinks will help her decide whether she and Aidan (who, by the way, is all for a long distance relationship) should stay together. I have many reasons for loving Jennifer E. Smith’s books – they’re fun, her writing style is simple yet always carries this feeling of nostalgia, and they’re always full of the type of love that makes you feel like you’re on an adventure. Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between was no exception. Just like Jennifer E. Smith’s other books, it took me along for a ride and now I feel as though I know Clare and Aidan. I feel like the relationship was real – it actually felt as though Clare and Aidan had been together for a long while and it wasn’t cheesy or cliché (most of the time) but very sweet. Even though I loved the characters, this doesn’t mean they lacked in flaws. Clare could be a bit self-centred at times, getting angry at her best friend over small things , and even Aidan had a bit of an anger issue. This made the story more realistic and therefore, more enjoyable.
I already knew I would love Jennifer E. Smith’s writing. After a few chapters, when the characters’ personalities shined through, I fell in love with them too. But I have to admit there was one thing I was worried about when reading this book – the ending. A part of me felt that it would be too predictable. So I was a little surprised when I was about 200 pages in and I still wasn’t sure whether Clare and Aidan would stay together or not and I was even more surprised when I got to the end and loved it! The way it was wrapped up was well done, in my opinion. Though the story was a bit slow at first, the second half and the ending were definitely my favourite and I found that I got through this book pretty quickly. I don’t know whether this is my favourite Jennifer E. Smith book, I really enjoyed This is What Happy Looks Like, but it is a strong contender.
And here’s the amazing thing: Now it was.