Tuesday 3 November 2015

Hello, Goodbye and Everything In Between by Jennifer E Smith

One night. A life-changing decision. And a list...

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?

I have loved everything I've read of Smith's, they're all so fluffy and adorable but with real relationship problems. In her latest installment, we see Clare and Aidan struggle with the inevitable end of their relationship before they go off to college. 

The whole thing was bittersweet; Clare and Aidan have been dating for two years, they were a solid couple but college was pulling them to different corners of the country and logic dictated that they break up. Trouble is, logic doesn't have much of a place in relationships and things aren't as simple as just turning their love off. 

Clare has a list, a little nostalgic scavenger hunt for their last night together, but things quickly get out of control. I adored how Clare just wanted to keep their feelings from getting hurt, especially in such a difficult situation. Everything sucked, it was heartbreaking how hopeless it seemed, but Clare thought practically while Aidan was the romantic. I loved their relationship, they balanced each other out and had this relaxed chemistry of a couple in love. 

All through this, you thought you knew what was coming. To save future heartbreak, Clare wanted to break up as friends before they went away and got really paranoid. But Aidan wanted to prove they had way too much history to give up on each other. I loved how this portrayed real love and real problems of growing up. I especially adored the hopefulness of the ending and that Aidan was right: they were too good together to just give up entirely. 

Published 1st September 2015 by Headline. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my copy in exchange for an honest review.

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