29 Sept 2015

book: hello, goodbye and everything in between by jennifer e. smith

Jennifer E. Smith is an author I've mentioned before and I was introduced to her books via The Geography of You and Me. I would describe her books as pre-dominantly young adult but for the young, young adults (maybe those aged 13+). Anyway, Hello, Goodbye and Everything In Between is her latest offering.

"Of course Clare made a list. She creates lists for everything. That's just how she is.

But tonight is Clare and Aidan's last night before college and this list will decide their future, together or apart.

It takes them on a rollercoaster ride through their past - from the first hello in science class to the first conversation at a pizza joint, their first kiss at the beach and their first dance in a darkened gymnasium - all the way up to tonight.

A night of laughs, fresh hurts, last-minute kisses and an inevitable goodbye. But will it be goodbye forever or goodbye for now?"

A book about a girl who makes loads of lists? Doesn't that sound a little too familiar...?

The book is written over the course of one night - the night before they all depart for university (or college as it is called in the book) and it follows Aidan and Clare's relationship as they make a crucial decision on whether to continue their relationship or not. Through the night, they make stops to places that have given rise to shared memories. I love this romantic notion but some of the plot was extremely predictable. However, this didn't ruin the read for me and I was pleasantly surprised at how much of a plot a book can have even when set over the course of twelve hours, if not less than that.

My favourite character was Scotty - he seemed so happy-go-lucky and funny. He seemed to have the biggest heart out of all the characters and I thought it was sweet.

Overall, I think this is a nice read for someone in their mid to late-teens. I definitely felt a bit too old to be reading something like this! 6/10 from me because of this (but still a decent read).


  1. I love Jennifer E. Smith's books, and the covers are so cute! I haven't read this one though, might give it a go. I'm a sucker for young adult so although I'm nearly 29, I still enjoy them haha ;)

    Zoe xoxo

    1. Looking forward to hearing what you think about it :) I'm in my mid-twenties now and definitely enjoy YA more than I probably should haha x

  2. I haven't read any of Jennifer E Smith's books but they all sound really cute and easy to read. I think I'll add this one to my Christmas wishlist!

    Lauren x

    P.S A little while a go I listed your blog in my Blog Roll (list of favourite blogs). I hope that's okay :) Here's a link if you're interested: http://whatlaurendidtoday.blogspot.co.uk/p/blogroll_26.html

    1. Hi Lauren - they are definitely an easy read. A great read if you've just read something heavy or just want something sweet :) And thank you so much for the blog roll listing :) x

  3. Hi Angela

    Thank you for posting this - its always good to get some recommendations for reading (its one of my hobbies, but now I have two very active sons, its a bit tricky to spend any time browsing stores!).

    I was just wondering if you've heard of WeekDate planners? I've only just come across it from a posting on plannerisms, and I'm thinking it might be a good insert for a TN? I think you are very organised, with your notes and planning keeping track of all your classes and placements, so I think you'd give some good feedback on its usefulness!


    I hope you don't mind me posting this, I've contacted Kay (the designer) about this as I wanted to know if she would do some sort of alternative binding, and she might if her Kickstarter project gets off the ground. Anyhow, please do continue with your weekly snapshots and other reviews of stationery (I LOVE Fox and Star - they feature very heavily on my Christmas I've been good List!).

    Best Regards

    1. Hi Heather! I've not heard of WeekDate planners unfortunately but hope they work out for you :) x