Hello, Goodbye, And Everything In Between

Paperback | May 17, 2016

byJennifer E. Smith

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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 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 ofThe 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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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 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 le...

Jennifer E. Smith is the author ofHello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between,The Geography of You and Me,This Is What Happy Looks Like,The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight,The Storm Makers,You Are Here, andThe Comeback Season. She earned a master's degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:May 17, 2016Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316334413

ISBN - 13:9780316334419

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute story! This was a really cute book. It was a fast read, I think I read it in one commute to work. The characters are relatable which makes it easy to get into the story. I will say, however, that it tends to drag on a little bit more than it should, but it makes up for it by being a fast read.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! This is the second book by Jennifer E. Smith that I've read in recent months. Her first, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, I enjoyed immensely. This second one I wasn't so sure about at first. Smith, in both of these books, tells her story in a condensed time period (both story lines take place over a 24 hour period). It worked well with the other book but I wasn't so sure that Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between would hold my interest. I mean how much can you say about a couple who are saying goodbye as they leave for college on other sides of the country? I expected to be a bit bored. But I was pleasantly surprised. Not only does Smith beautifully tell the tale of Clare and Aidan's romance, she also explores deeper issues like leaving home, starting college, mending relationships with parents and saying goodbye to your childhood friends with poignancy and honesty. I was hooked from page one and I was thoroughly thrilled with her epilogue at the end. I'm so glad I've found Jennifer E. Smith's work. She writes with such a clear and honest voice that make her books especially appealing to teens who are facing transitions in their lives. I highly recommend checking her out!
Date published: 2015-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life Jennifer E Smith is one of my dependable authors. You know like a good friend you can always trust? Yea, that's Smith for me. I have previously enjoyed all her books. They're quick, fun and cute contemporaries. Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between(which I will shorten to Hello, Goodbye) was no exception. Except that it easily became my favourite of Smith's books. Clare and Aidan are off to college. On the night before they leave Clare has made a list of all the places that mean the most to her and their relationship. As they look back at the past two years of their relationship they spend the present time deciding on whether they should break up or stay together. Both bring strong arguments to the table as to what the right decision should be. But can twelve hours, a bunch of good memories and the influence from friends and family really help sway the couple into one way or the other? Hello, Goodbye was on point with how realistic it was. Here's two smart teenagers thinking about their future and that college means stepping into young adulthood. Rather than thinking everything will freeze and not change. From my memory, most of us realized that upon ending our high school career. Clare and Aidan were both heading in different directions. It wouldn't be a few hours drive between their schools. It was more a I might be home for Thanksgiving depending on if I can afford the flight(well for Aidan anyhow). Long distance relationships have a hard time surviving at the best of times. Add in the college atmosphere and the odds are pretty much nil. The last night together showed them being teenagers but it also showed to very mature teenagers. That they were able to have proper discussions where both parties could state their piece was encouraging. I like me some rational teenagers because you don't see them to often. Clare and Aidan are both very relatable characters. Clare was the practical realistic I think we should break up on good terms side. Where Aidan brought a more emotional goofy I love you so everything will work side. It was very easy to understand and agree with how both characters felt. Clare not wanting to lose what they have to the eventual resentment if they stayed together. The experience of college would be hindered if they stayed together. Clare could imagine a near future where they could no longer even friends because jealousy, loneliness and distance broke them. It was sad but the truth. I completely agreed with the realism of that scenario. Aidan wanted to see it a little different; where love prevails. That Skype and texting could keep them going. It would be hard but isn't the hardest things worth fighting for? And for me that also made sense; you fight for what you want. So well the night was never going to be long enough. And the good memories were only ever going to be memories. Clare and Aidan made some tough decisions. A bit of truth thrown in there. Understanding that not everything was what the other person lead you to believe. I'd say it was one hell of a night for Clare and Aidan. They showed emotions and unexpected honesty in the face of reality. High school is over it's time to welcome yourself to the real world. And that might include losing your safe spot. Independence and the new unknown is scary. Just seeing Clare and Aidan's night unfold in a relatively short book did a really good job of showcasing those fears, the pressure and the realities. Although the main focus of Hello, Goodbye was what was going to happen to Clare and Aidan's relationship. It wasn't everything. Their last night really highlighted the unknown. Clare was embarrassed over not having a major. Aidan was going across the country because that's where his sports scholarship was taking him. But what else? They leaving their best friends. Clare's relationship with her best friend, Stella was slipping away. Clare was blaming Stella for that. But really it showed how selfish Clare was being and fit in with Clare realizing she can't depend on Stella for everything. Independence is a must. Aidan and his daddy issues king of blow up. Or hit a boiling point. There were a lot of last minute realizations. Which is something else I find highly relatable. When doesn't everything make sense but at the last moment when everything is finally laid out in front of you? I also found the side characters; the best friends, Stella and Scotty to be really well flushed out. They both play a big part in the couples life and that last night. So for me to see them both feeling the despair of moving on(Stella) or being left behind(Scotty) was appreciated. All the emotions and situations of growing up and moving on from high school were present. I like how that wasn't all squished into the two MC's because that would have been to much. Let's talk about on point. That ending. Straight up exactly what I was hoping for. It's what was realistic and right what Clare and Aidan's whole journey. *slow claps* Perfect. It just shows that the ending doesn't always mean the end. As I said, I am a fan of Smith. I would recommend any of her books. Especially when looking for an adorable contemporary. But I would push Hello, Goodbye first and foremost. It embodies that cute summer read, last chance romance. But it also tugs at your heart strings more than expected. I really never thought I'd tear up reading Hello, Goodbye. Surprises can be a good thing though.
Date published: 2015-09-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute and Classic Jennifer E Smith Clare and Aidan are about to leave for college on separate sides of the country. They’re packed, they’re prepared, and all that’s left to do on this last night before they leave is to decide if they should break up or try long distance. Set over the last twelve hours before they leave, Clare and Aidan retrace the steps of their relationship in hopes that an answer will come to them. The closer it gets to morning, the closer they are to goodbye. I absolutely love Jennifer E Smith’s books so I was really excited for a new one to come out. Out of all the ones I’ve read by her, this one turned out to be my favourite. There was something very relatable about these characters and their situation. The book was broken up into different section using the stops Clare and Aidan made along their journey, each place having some sort of meaning to them and their relationship. I liked both Clare and Aidan as characters and it was sad since they really did seem to fit well together but following their dreams to the school they wanted meant being apart, either breaking up or long distance. Clare was very level-headed and logical, making lists and seeing the pros versus the cons of the situation. Aidan was more go-with-the-flow, why not try it type of person. I liked that I could see both their points of the argument and that they both had moments of doubt no matter which way they were leaning. As much as I enjoyed the bittersweet journey from Clare and Aidan, my favourite thing about the book, what really rang true for me, was the excitement and the fear of growing up and taking that next step into adulthood. The pain of leaving people you’ve been friends with for years, of knowing that you can talk on the phone or video chat every day but it won’t be the same as having them next door. The anguish of feeling like you’re being left behind because everyone else is leaving. This book was a quick read, under 275 pages, and there were moments of laughter, moments of tears, moments that make you want to hug your friends because they’re awesome. It was about saying goodbye but also about taking that next step after high school. It was definitely a book I related to and I hope others will as well. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2015-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from SO GOOD. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Little, Brown Books For Young Readers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This one was so so good. I don't even have words to explain how much I enjoyed this one, but I am going to do my best to write down how I am feeling about it. Aidan and Clare were like the perfect couple and you know what I mean by that. But I loved every second of it. I liked going to all the different places they had their firsts and living through them for a second, third, or one hundredth time with them. It was such an intimate experience for me because I felt everything they were feeling. It was so wonderful. There were some stops that I was kind of meh about because I didn't find that they served a real purpose in bringing us closer to any type of conclusion in respect to figuring out whether or not Clare and Aidan would stay together. I did like that at some points they both balanced each other out in terms of being logical and reasonable about whether or not they should stay together. I thought their last night together was the perfect way to say goodbye to someone you really care about. I would have liked to see more of Stella and Scotty because while Aidan/Clare was the most important person in the other's life, Stella and Scotty were still their best friends and it makes sense to spend some time with your best friend the night before you leave to move across the country to go to school. And all of them were going in different directions! Plus, Stella and Scotty seemed to be so interesting, I would have liked them to be a bit more fleshed out as their own characters instead of stepping stones in Clare and Aidan's story. I thought the ending was perfect (and I'm really glad I didn't click on that part first because I would have been so disappointed). But I thought it was realistic and it felt as if this entire scenario could happen and wasn't overly exaggerated. It was just wonderful. Overall: 4/5 stars because I cried at the end since I flipflopped along the way about whether or not I wanted them to stay together.
Date published: 2015-08-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from cute story This is a book about two high school seniors about to take off for their first year of university. They also happen to be high school sweethearts and their universities are thousands of miles away. The book takes place over the course of an evening and the two visit places that were special to their relationship in hopes that reliving these moments will help them decide if they should stay together or break up. I do like a good contemporary romance and I have really enjoyed Jennifer E. Smith's other books. This book was good and had some very sweet parts to it. While the book begins at what could be the end of their relationship you get to see little snapshots of their progression together. I liked both Clare and Aidan and you could definitely see why there was some hesitation and uncertainty of what to do. They want to follow their own dreams and make their own lives but they aren't ready to say goodbye. They'd like to be able to share their lives but know it can't be for the time being which makes the story bittersweet. I liked the cast of secondary characters here too. Aidan's family is loving and generous but you can see that there is a lot of pressure from his father. Their best friends are also multifaceted in the sense that while they are trying to be there for their friends, they have their own hangups to deal with. They are worried that they will move Clare and Aidan and they are dealing with insecurities as well. Overall, I would say this is novel with a cute story of first love and first heartbreak. I enjoyed it but I wouldn't say that it is a book that will stick with me for a long time. It doesn't get under the skin like some other books. This is perfect for someone at a transition stage in their life or if you are heading to the beach. A solid 3 stars.
Date published: 2015-07-13

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"Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between is the love story of Clare and Aidan, high school sweethearts who spend one last day together before college separates them, possibly forever. It's also the love story of good friends, of home, of what used to be and what's to come. This latest stunner from Jennifer E. Smith will linger in your aching heart. (But it's a good ache. The best kind.) It's an ache that comes from characters who are so real they breathe, and a relatable story that generates feels-lots of them- on every page."-Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places