by Liza Wiemer


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Tricia: A girl struggling to find her way after her beloved grandma's death.

Emerson: A guy who lives his life to fulfill promises, real and hypothetical.

Angie: A girl with secrets she can only express through poetry.

Brenda: An actress and screenplay writer afraid to confront her past.

Brian: A potter who sets aside his life for Tricia, to the detriment of both.

Linked and transformed by one phone call, Hello? weaves together these five Wisconsin teens' stories into a compelling narrative of friendship and family, loss and love, heartbreak and healing, serendipity, and ultimately hope.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633920491
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication date: 11/10/2015
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 530,857
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Liza’s a graduate of UW-Madison (Go Badgers!) with a degree in Education. Besides being a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan, she's a romantic, a bookaholic, and a lover of crazy socks and rooftops. Liza married the guy who literary swept her off her feet at a Spyro Gyra concert. She has had two adult non-fiction books published and numerous short stories and articles. She has two sons and lives in Milwaukee, WI. Find her at LizaWiemer.com and Twitter @LizaWiemer

What People are Saying About This

Huntley Fitzpatrick

A triumph of writing and humanity… The characters stayed with me long after I read the book. --Huntley Fitzpatrick, author of The Boy Most Likely To, What I Thought Was True, and My Life Next Door

Tammara Webber

Tendrils of destiny and healing weave through this fearless exploration of interconnected grief and guilt within the overlapping spheres of love, friendship and family. Deeply moving! --Tammara Webber, author of NYT Bestsellers Easy and Breakable

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Hello? 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
BoundlessBookaholic More than 1 year ago
This was such an incredible book! I was a little apprehensive about it, because it had such high praise so far in the blogosphere and due to the fact that it had multiple POVs. I don’t know what it is about me with more than one POV, but I’m not a huge fan, unless they’re done well. Hello? was a great example of unique POVs that made each of the characters really stand out. Thank you to Netgalley for giving me a review copy in exchange for a honest review. This book was definitely 5 out of 5 stars. First off, I love when books are set in Wisconsin, since that’s the state I was born in & currently live. I liked the different storytelling techniques (narration, poetry, screenplay, narration with drawings), even though it took a little while to get used to them. I think it really helped each of the characters stand out in their own unique way. I really liked Tricia and Brenda. I liked Emerson for the most part, but seeing him from the other character POVs (Angie/Brenda) kind of made him seem a little douche-y at times. Brian seemed kind of douche-y until I got to see his side of the story, got to see inside his head. I still think he’s a little douche-y though. Jury’s still out on Angie’s character. I loved reading her free verse poetry chapters, but I wasn’t really in love with her character. She was kind of one character I loved to hate, but I still sympathized with her. My heart really went out to Tricia in this book. I lost count of how many times I cried while reading. I know losing someone close to you can really mess a person up emotionally. The phone call that eventually brings all the characters together, weaves all their stories together, was such a touching moment. The ‘Dear Reader’ part at the end of the book by Liza really spoke to me. This kind of story needs to be told more often, because one Hello? can truly save a life. Liza did an amazing job touching on this taboo topic, bringing to light that it’s okay to be overwhelmed with your feelings, but to stay strong. I don’t want to give much more away, but Brenda’s story also really touched me. I knew something like that had happened from the story context, but my heart breaks for her and anyone else that has gone through what she has. The beginning of the story started off with a bang. Only about 5% into the eARC and I was crying, overwhelmed with emotions. The ending didn’t really surprise me (concerning Tricia and Emerson’s stories), because I was kind of expecting that as I was reading. This book was such a beautiful gem, so raw, so emotionally charged. I’ll be recommending it to anyone that’ll listen to me. Some of my favorite lines from the book were: “You can’t write a script for this. My life’s not a two-hour movie.” and “The cold disappears, the past disappears, the future disappears. For one perfect minute I disappear.” and “He was deep-sea diving with my emotions, and my oxygen tank was near empty.” I’m not 100% sure if Emerson will be added to my book boyfriend list. I loved when we saw him from Tricia’s POV, and when we saw his personal POV, but not so much from other people’s POVs. Brian isn’t on my book boyfriend list. He was okay, but he was a bit douche-y still in my opinion. Final note: SUCH an amazing book. GO BUY A COPY! You won’t regret it!
Lisa-LostInLiterature More than 1 year ago
*Sigh* I read this book weeks ago, and honestly, this is the most difficult review I’ve had to write so far this year. Maybe that’s because this book is my FAVORITE book from 2015. Maybe it’s because I know my words will never do this book justice. Liza’s masterful writing brought this truly amazing and life-changing story to soaring heights. As you can see from its 4.5+ star rating on Goodreads, I’m not alone with the love I feel for this story. Each person that reads this story is touched by it differently, which to me is an indicator of a masterpiece. A story that will never be forgotten. Hello? is the story of five teenagers on their journey through life. These characters are all connected in one way or another, their lives intersecting at different points completely unexpectedly. The way this story was written was utter perfection. I cried. I smiled. I was filled with all the warm fuzzy feelings. This story took my emotions through the wringer! It was heartbreaking, even disturbing at times, but exceptionally hopeful and encouraging. The entire theme of Hello? is “Kindness. Compassion. Chain reaction”. It’s impossible not to be completely riveted by this touching story. This gorgeous story is written through the alternating first-person points of view of five teenagers. Tricia’s and Emerson’s chapters are your typical first-person narrative. Brian, who is an artist, has drawings to accompany his voice within his chapters, which I found so enjoyable. Brenda’s chapters are told in a screenplay format, something I’ve never seen done before. And lastly there’s Angie, whose is free verse poetry. I adored the uniqueness of this writing style as it added so much to this story and to these characters individually. Never once was this story hard to follow or confusing with this format. On the contrary, having each character portray their unique personalities through the styling of their chapters added an exceptional depth to each one. Don’t let the idea of five different narrators scare you in any way. If you’re like me, seeing this many points of view can be extremely intimidating. Trust me when I say this book is NOT the type of story that will leave you feeling lost on characters or time frame. There’s no bouncing between past and present tenses or flipping between characters carelessly. Each transition from one voice to another is done seamlessly, and each point of view is exceptionally unique to the point where you always know who is speaking at any given time. This story also affected me on a personal level. I won’t go into major detail, but reading this story at the exact time I read it helped me more than I can express. I was struggling to cope with the death of a close loved one, and I truly believe I was meant to read this book at the exact moment that I read it. Maybe it was a coincidence, maybe fate? Surely a case of serendipity. Whatever it was, I was meant to find this book when I did… and for that, I will never be able to thank Liza enough for writing this little piece of heaven that forever changed my life. ♥ An exceptionally well-written YA contemporary that will bring your feels through the wringer, but will leave you smiling and hopeful, looking forward to a nicer tomorrow. Kindness and compassion can go such a long way, and reading this story truly made me want to be a better person. If you’re looking for a book that will floor you, leaving you breathless and reeling, overcome with both tears of joy and
Marcilia More than 1 year ago
There is a saying/belief that certain people or things come into our lives for a reason. I believe that in the case of this novel, that belief completely applies. Not just for the characters within the story, but also for the reader. Hello? is the embodiment of all the many ups, downs, and life changing moments we all have experienced in our lives. Especially the transition as we cross that very unstable threshold between teen and adulthood. There are so many of us that have suffered through grief at an early age, and many others that have been hurt by those we should most be able to trust. Other times we have been in so much pain that we don’t know how to handle it. Everything begins to lose meaning and life has no purpose. We spiral out of control and into total darkness, we feel alone, scared, confused, unwanted, unloved, devastated and so many other emotions. It is upon moments and fractions of life like these that Hello? touches on, as well as the possibility of finding ourselves again, and of being happy with the help of our family, friends or something as simple as one “Hello”. Liza Wiemer has written a gorgeous debut novel. It left me in total awe and wonder. She managed to perfectly keep all the perspectives interlaced and smoothly coming in and out of one another allowing the story to glide. I was moved to tears but also laughed and rejoiced with her characters as they each faced the darkest parts of themselves, pushed on ahead and conquered their own individual demons. This novel filled me with hope, it reminded me of my own personal struggles that I have experienced and also conquered. I loved reading Hello? and I if I could I would buy everyone a copy so they too could experience the journey that I went on while reading it. My love for this book is probably what made this review so hard to write. There just doesn’t seem to be enough words (or words that are worthy enough) to express how much I enjoyed this book. Hello? touches upon everything a person could want in a study of human emotion and connectivity. It shows us the power of human connection, friendship, family and love. It is honest and true. It doesn’t sugar coat anything and will cause the reader to FEEL, and I don’t mean like “the Feels” but actual gut-wrenching true FEELS. There is at least one subject matter if not many that at one point or another every reader has experienced in their own lives. It will TOUCH your soul in so many different ways.I love that the story inspires us to reach out to one another more, to check in with friends and family, to make that much-needed phone call. You never know what it could lead to, what it could stop or bring forth. The power and potential of one simple Hello. See my Full Review at http://www.readinginthetardis.com/book-review-hello-by-liza-wiemer/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She hugs him back gently
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She crawls on top of him and leans over top of him "Yes?" She asks smirking and moves her hips back and forth over his teasingly and smirks
Amy07 More than 1 year ago
After getting to know Liza Wiemer, I'm not at all surprised she's written a beautiful book full of heart. One "hello" can change a life--that's the premise of this emotional story of 5 teens, told in distinctive voices and styles, whose lives intersect in ways unexpected. It's a story of grief and love, of abuse and forgiveness...but mostly it's a story about the power of human connection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this story. I felt that sadness, despair and emptiness then happiness when everything connected together. Everyone goes through losses and people deal in different ways. This books shows that there is always light if you just keep on going.
emberchyld More than 1 year ago
Multiple POV books are very hard to pull off, and HELLO? is one of the very few that nails it perfectly--the five voices and lives of the characters weave together seamlessly and beautifully. Weimer's artistry and talent shows in the different formats she used for each character (my favorite was Angie's free-form poetry--ohmigosh, the rhythm and the formatting blew me away), and she kept me turning the pages to find out how the connections in the story pan out. I love how she highlights that we're all connected and that sometimes, one hello can make a huge difference in someone's life. The story is beautiful and powerful, and a book I believe everyone should read
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
This book sucked me in from the first chapter. Tricia is suffering after her grandmother's death 5 months earlier. She can't seem to find her way out of her depression, and when her childhood best friend turned boyfriend finally breaks up with her, she's ready to commit suicide. She makes a last ditch attempt to get a sign from her grandmother (who promised to always watch over her) and calls her grandmother's old phone number. Emerson answers. He's struggling too. They make promises to each other: one is Emerson will change his phone number tomorrow. If they're meant to meet, they will. The story continues from there with different points of view: Tricia, Emerson, Brian (Tricia's ex-boyfriend), Angie's (Emerson's girlfriend), and Brenda (Angie's best friend and Brian's cousin). Angie's chapters are written in poetry, and Brenda's are written as plays - those were my favorite. Each teen is facing some heavy stuff - almost too much at times. But the themes of honesty, young love, and family run deep throughout all of the story lines. I especially loved the honest truth about love and sex as told through Tricia and Brian's relationship. And I really enjoyed how Brenda's emotions were written as notes to the actors in her "script" chapters. This book is very creative and very powerful. My only other complaint is that it was a little too silly and high school-y for me at times. But I suppose even that was realistic. I really enjoyed this book. I didn't realize it took place in Door County, WI - one of our favorite vacation spots! That was extra fun for me. http://www.momsradius.com/2016/03/book-review-hello-ya.html
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Hello its me i was wonderin if after all these years youd lik to meet to go over everything...... They say time is suppos to heal ya but i havent done much to see.....helloooow im in cali dreamin of who u usto be.....thank you for reading this btw this is a song hello by:adel
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Hello... its me...