Review originally published on Goodreads – July 18, 2018.
“It’s the same icy dread that fills her each time she starts to imagine it; not just the goodbye, but everything that’s to come afterward: the hurt that will surely trail them to opposite coasts, so strong that she can already feel it even now, when he’s only inches away.“
☁ THE CRITERIA ☁
🌻 Blurb: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between is a happened-in-one-night read. It revolves on the last twelve hours of Aidan and Clare before they leave their town and go to college. At the end of the night, they have to answer the question: “Should they break up?”
This blurb already shows that this book will eventually hurt you. Breaking up is always had regardless of which side you are on. To plan it and mutually decide would be bittersweet.
Aidan is a hero who is a little bit of it all. A little geeky, a little sporty and a whole lot of talkative. He’s not the mysterious type. He really voices out what he thinks. He’s the more romantic one in the relationship, which is a point essential in their fate.
“Aidan is the only person she knows who would mend a pair of sweatpants. He hates to give up on anything.”
Clare is the mastermind of their goodbye “scavenger hunt”. She is a bit of a Type A personality and the logical one in the relationship. She is a bit of a romantic, too. She just does not show it too much.
🌻 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Clare and Aidan have Stella and Scotty, their respective best friends. Their friendship is a good dynamic and is full of banter. I love how Jennifer E. Smith also highlighted how the night would also be a goodbye for their friendship. The dynamic of leaving behind their parents also was touched in the book.
🌻 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I love Jennifer E. Smith’s writing. She writes so sincerely and real. The way she shows emotions is so straight to the feels that you can empathize with the characters.
“For a long time, it had felt like something way out on the horizon, this moment, something she had to squint to make out, so far away it didn’t seem quite real. Until now, when it’s suddenly hurtling toward them at an impossible pace, so swiftly that it doesn’t matter whether or not Clare is ready for it. There’s no preparing at this point. There’s only steeling yourself. There’s only hoping for the best.”
🌻 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐⭐
I don’t want to spoil too much, but the characters, though confused at the start, has shown great maturity when it counts.
As a two-year-old couple, I loved the dynamic between Aidan and Clare. You can really look at them as opposites, and it’s adorable how they balanced each other out. There were so many lines that squeezed my heart. It was so sweet, yet so bitter, to see how much they loved each other, really.
“We keep thinking there are only these two choices: We either grow apart or grow together. But maybe we can just kind of each grow on our own, and see how it goes. And then later, if it’s right, we’ll come back to each other and start again.”
It all happened it one night so, it was really fast-paced. I finished reading it still wanting for more.
Though an open ending, I loved the very mature decision this two made. It would have been nice to see a happy ending, but the ending Jennifer E. Smith gave was realistic and not too cliche.
🌻 Page Turner?:⭐⭐⭐⭐
Yes. I read this almost in one sitting. Just one wee little break when I had to sleep.
🌻 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐
The Book Cover has the same format as I think 3 or 4 of her other books. It’s cute and adorable. Just like the story.
☁FINAL VERDICT: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ MAYBE-LATER STARS!☁
Read this if you’ve ever asked yourself, “Goodbye for now, or goodbye forever?” Read this if you’re looking for an adorable easy read that will also tug at your heartstrings. So many feels. SO MANY FEELS.