Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between

by Jennifer 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 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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ISBN-13: 9780316334440
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 09/01/2015
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 470,548
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jennifer E. Smith is the author of Hello, 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, and The Comeback Season. She earned a master's degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and her work has been translated into thirty-three languages. She currently lives in New York City.

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Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it started slow but in the end I couldn't wait to see what they would decide to do.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Clare has an idea, go to the places that remind them of their relationship. Since they're going to separate colleges, what does that mean for their relationship? I've heard of this author's books before. Finally read one. I liked the slow pace as get to know Clare and Aiden and their friends. Perfect summer type read. Looking forward to this author's next book. Love the covers.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so far and im not even half way i dont like reading but this book i love to read that is how good it is
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
I am 36 years old, and I read a lot of young adult fiction. I usually have no problem putting myself back in the mindset of being a teenager. I love the angst. I don't mind the drama. And I especially love stories of young love. But for some reason, I couldn't get into this book. Clare and Aidan have been dating for two years, and because they're going to college on opposite sides of the country at the end of the summer, they're trying to decide whether they should break up. Aidan wants to stay together. They love each other, he thinks, so they can make it work. Clare is afraid of missing out of the college experience, so she thinks they should break up. After all, their relationship won't last forever anyway, she reasons. On their last night together, everything comes back to this one argument, and it drove me crazy! I could not stand the indecisiveness. And as a grown woman, the whole "leaving for college" thing that seems like a big deal at the time, just didn't seem like a big deal to me now as an adult. My sister even went through this experience with her college boyfriend before she moved to Alaska for a year in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, and still I couldn't stomach this story. Also, the writing style was weird. It was completely written in third person, but because it was always told from Clare's POV, it seemed really awkward to me. One great thing...the friends! Clare and Aidan each have a best friend, and they're a little foursome gang, and I loved their interactions. The friends are both really down to Earth (and I cannot remember their names...oops), but they made parts of this book really enjoyable. This story is cute, and if you like the final hooray type stories, then you will probably really enjoy this book. It just wasn't for me. http://www.momsradius.com/2016/08/book-review-hello-goodbye-and.html
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who does Clare end up with?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy Jennifer E. Smith's books but this one fell kinda flat for me. This wasn't really a love story so much as a coming of age book. I just couldn't like the main character Clare. I didn't like the way she saw first love as a mistake, a stepping stone to get to her true second love just because that's the way it worked out for her parents. It felt like she thought her love for Aiden was insignificant and not worth fighting for. Despite all that, the ending did leave a hopeful note for the couple.
COBauer More than 1 year ago
Received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. HELLO, GOODBYE, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN by Jennifer E. Smith is a sweet, poignant story about two high school sweethearts spending their last night before college together. Although the pacing was pretty slow (particularly for such a short read), I ultimately enjoyed the journey these two characters took. I like the way Smith manages to weave a subtle emotional current throughout her entire story. The action slowly, gradually builds to something quite satisfying. Not my favorite of her books, but still worth a read on a lazy afternoon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is sweet and fun. The ending had me in tears.
Shawscribbles More than 1 year ago
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!
Best-of-YA More than 1 year ago
For more reviews head to: http://best-of-ya.blogspot.com/ Claire and Aidan have been avoiding this moment for months, but the time has finally come. They only have 12 hours left before both leave for college and have yet to decide what to do—stay together or break up. They believe that revisiting the places that brought them together will help make the decision easier. Morning comes all too quickly and they must decide if this is a temporary goodbye or if it’s goodbye forever. This was such a cute and romantic read which is common of Jennifer E. Smith’s books. I think this is a great end of summer book especially for those also about to leave for college. The entire story takes place within just 12 hours but so much occurs that it does not feel like such a short amount of time. I really love one night or one day stories when they are done right. Everything that happens is important to the story and I didn’t feel like there was a lot of filler which was great. Nothing particularly exciting happens, but that’s okay because this is a story about rediscovering--and possibly letting go of--young love. Claire and Aidan are a great couple who have an envious relationship. They are complete opposites but I think that’s why they work so well--Claire is the level-headed bookworm while Aidan is the risk taking jock. You would think these would be qualities that would not attract each other or work well together, but they seem to bring these things out in each other. I felt that they balanced each other out very well and that they were needed influences on each other; Claire is more outgoing and spontaneous with Aidan by her side and Aidan is grounded with Claire. What I particularly liked about this book is that both Claire and Aidan (no matter how much they love each other) choose their dream schools over schools that would allow them to be closer to each other. I thought this was a very admirable decision. To me it seems like most other books with this exact premise always have couples where one of the individuals decides to follow the other to college--as if that person's dreams are more important than their own. I never understood this so I’m glad it was a focal point of Aidan and Claire’s story. Lastly, I just have to say that I LOVE all of Jennifer E. Smith’s book covers. I think it’s super cute that they all have a similar theme despite the fact that they are not directly connected to each other through a series, etc. This makes them very recognizable and uniquely hers.
Lisa-LostInLiterature More than 1 year ago
Another Jennifer E. Smith book that, at first sight, I knew I had to read. YA contemporary reads are my most read genre and one I really enjoy. And Jennifer E. Smith is a consistent must-read author for me in this genre. Though I wasn’t wowed by this book, I did find myself really enjoying a majority of it. I did have a few issues with it, but they were minimal and didn’t take much away from the story. In normal Jennifer E. Smith style, this entire story takes place over a short period of time – the final 12 hours before Clare and Aidan leave and go off to two separate colleges that just happen to be across the country from each other. Clare and Aidan have been together for a long time, yet the fact that their colleges are so far apart from each other, Clare is feeling that a breakup is inevitable. Aidan, on the other hand, is leaning toward attempting a long-distance relationship. Together Clare and Aidan pull and all-nighter, spending this last 12 hours on a bit of a scavenger hunt (though Clare HATES when her friends call it that) attempting to make a decision regarding their relationship status. They encounter all kinds of friends, fun places, and even a few dramatic moments along the way. As always, I really enjoyed how Smith’s books always take place over a limited period of time. The few complaints I had with this story were all kind of related. First, I felt like I never really got to know the characters. It may have been more because I didn’t really care for Clare and wasn’t able to really relate to her. I did, however, like Aidan and thought he had a good head on his shoulders… but I also felt like I really didn’t get to know him. Also for most of the story I kind of felt like the story didn’t have a reason for being told, if that makes any sense. I found myself constantly thinking, “What am I getting out of this story?” and “Am I really going to remember this story after I’m done with it?” The first question was answered toward the end of the story, when I did find a few valuable lessons for the story. The second question, however, was answered with an immediate NO since I just finished this book a couple of days ago and already I have forgotten a lot about it. I have a feeling this story will NOT stay with me, as other Smith stories have – namely The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. (SO MUCH LOVE FOR THAT BOOK!!!) There’s something about Jennifer E. Smith’s books that always draw me in. Maybe it’s the adorableness of each of her covers. Maybe it’s the stories sound so absolutely fantastic that I can’t help but say no. Maybe it’s that all of her stories take place over a very short, limited period of time. I think it’s probably all of the above. Each time I see a new Smith book in the works I get extremely excited. And though these books don’t tend to be five star reads for me, I do tend to enjoy them. They are sweet, fun, quick contemporary reads that are perfect for a lazy Saturday afternoon. If you like that kind of story, you’ll want to give this one a try. (Thanks to Poppy for the review copy!)
brittanysbookrambles More than 1 year ago
I don't usually read contemporary romance novels but when I do, I want them to be exactly how Jennifer E. Smith wrote this one. I had a few of her other books on my TBR prior to reading this one, but after reading Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between I added ALL of her books to it—this book was that good. The reason I prefer more outlandish genres such as fantasy, sci-fi, or dystopian is because reading is an escape from everyday life drama, but the way Smith writes, I'd be willing to read contemporary more often. Smith knows how to take a simple love story and write it in such a beautiful way that your heart leaps out of your chest and leaves you in tears (in a good way). Even though this book has all the makings of a typical romantic contemporary that's often made into romcom movies, I didn't find it cliche at all—Clare and Aidan's relationship is just so genuine. Their love for one another seems unimaginable in its sweetness but Smith combats that with a bunch of authentic pitfalls. Moreover, Clare and Aidan's problem is something we can all relate to. At one point in our lives we've had to say goodbye to something or someone that was a staple in our lives, and Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between captures this spectacularly. While reading, I got waves of nostalgia. This book is more than just a fluffy read, it's dazzling and side-splitting. I highly recommend it for those of you who need a book that brings a smile to your face and warmth to your heart. Full Review: http://www.bookrambles.com/2015/08/hello-goodbye-and-everything-in-between.html
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
After two years together, Clare and Aidan only have one night left to figure out what comes next. With both of them leaving for college and heading to opposite coasts, Clare is certain that breaking up makes the most sense. Aidan isn't so sure. They've already stayed together for two years--can a few extra miles really tear them apart? As Clare and Aidan retrace the steps of their relationship across their small town they will revisit fond memories and reveal some closely guarded secrets. While saying goodbye to their homes, their friends and their families, Clare and Aidan will have to figure out if it's time to say goodbye to each other as well in Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between (2015) by Jennifer E. Smith. Jennifer E. Smith is a master when it comes to contemporary novels with a lot of heart and sweet romance. She is a phenomenal talent and I went into this book with high expectations after loving her recent novel The Geography of You and Me. Which is why it's so hard to say that this novel didn't work for me. I think I'm atypical here and I think a lot of readers who dealt with (or will deal with) similar big changes to Aidan's and Clare's will totally identify with this novel. I'm not one of those people. I put myself through college with scholarships, financial aid, and a part-time job. I commuted because my mom needed me at home, it was cheaper and because I didn't want to go away. I've had a lot of people tell me that I missed out on a fundamental college experience. And I don't know, maybe that's true. But it was my choice and even then I knew it was the right choice for me. No one in this entire book makes a similar choice. I suppose it's because Clare and Aidan are from an affluent community but even the students who are going to college nearby are planning on leaving and moving into dorms. The one character who is truly staying behind and living at home is going to community college. Because he didn't get accepted anywhere else. It was a little strange (and maybe even off-putting) to see that aspect of the college experience completely erased from this community. I think that's a big part of my disconnect with Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between. I never made the choices Clare and Aidan make and so for most of the book I had a really hard time understanding their choices. Although it made sense that the stakes are high for both characters, they never felt particularly pressing for me. Retracing the steps of a relationship that is now on the brink of collapse just felt depressing and often pointless. The final decision for these characters seems obvious and inevitable from the beginning. Although Smith throws in a few twists and surprises, they come far too late in the story to make for any worthwhile changes. Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between ends on an up note with a sweet note of optimism. Sadly, it also comes to late to make up for the rest of the novel. I'm not sure how it would have worked, but I wish the story readers got in this novel began where this book finished. Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between is an unlikely romance about leaving everything you know behind and striking out for the unknown. Although the romance is ultimately quite cute, a lot of the novel does read more like the postmortem of a relationship than the start or continuation of one. Recommended for anyone who had to move away for college or anyone who will.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago