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Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between – Book Review

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between - Book Review


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’ll 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 will lead them to friends and family, 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?


So one of Jennifer E. Smith’s books, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, has been on my to-be-read list for what seems like an eternity. So when I happened upon a review copy of this book, I figured I would give it a shot and then if I liked it I would force myself to go out and get Love. Well, I guess I’m going to have to go to the bookstore soon, because I really liked the style of writing in this book, so I can only imagine that it’ll be the same way in her other books as well.

The main characters of this book, Clare and Aidan, are both leaving for college in less than a day when the book first starts. This might not be so out of the normal, except these two have been dating for two years, and are now at a crossroads in their relationship: do they try to make a long distance relationship work while they each go off to separate coasts for school, or do they just break up and call it a day?

Clare plans a scavenger hunt of sorts for Aidan, where they go from one place to the next, all of the places holding important memories from their relationship. These places range from their high school, to their friends’ houses, the local bowling alley, and the beach. As the night goes on, Clare and Aidan get closer to having to make a decision about the fate of their relationship.

I really liked the way that this story progressed, and the flow of the writing. It made this a very quick read for me, which is something that I always like. When it takes me too long to make my way through a book, it frustrates me.

I give this book 4/5 stars. You can purchase the book by clicking on the book’s cover image above.

I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

By Bailey Riddle

Bailey Riddle is a 22-year-old college student studying Broadcast Electronic Communication Arts at San Francisco State University. She loves all things fandom, and can often be found with her nose in a book. When she isn’t busy with school and being a professional fangirl, she likes to cook food, read, and work on catching up on many hours of sleep.

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