Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith
“Maybe the world isn’t full of signs so much as it’s full of people trying to use whatever evidence they can find to convince themselves of what they hope to be true.”
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?
Jennifer E. Smith is my favorite young adult author. All her of recent novels inherit the rich and refreshing premise of the story unfolding over the course of one night. Another aspect of Jennifer E. Smith’s writing that keeps me coming back for more is how weaves the setting through her book. The city her books take place the books take place in become important characters to the story, whether is it London in the The Statistical Probability of Love, New York City in The Geography of You and Me or Chicago in Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between.
What I loved about this story is that it didn’t fall into the cliche trap of a typical high school sweethearts leaving for college plot line. The story was real and the main characters of Claire and Aidan handled everything extremely maturely. As an older YA reader, I really enjoyed that aspect of the book because it didn’t cause me to groan and roll my eyes like I often have to do with YA books these days. And of course as a former Chicago resident, I obviously loved tall he references to the city I used to call home. Smith does it again, 4 out of 5 Stars.