By Jennifer E. Smith
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Curriculum Subject: Teen Life: Relationships/Sexuality, Teen Life: Personal Development, Personal Development: Friendship
Grades: 7th & up
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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?
Charming, bittersweet, and full of wisdom and heart, this new irresistible novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that arise when life and love lead in different directions.
“What keeps [the story] fresh and on the literary side of the genre are engaging, closely observed characters, Clare and Aidan among them, portrayed with such intimate, intense authenticity that readers too feel invested in their choices. Another smart and savvy book to add to Smith’s oeuvre.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Students approaching the college transition, those who have already experienced it, and fans of romantic, realistic fiction will most enjoy this relatable, emotive story.” – School Library Journal
“Over one epic evening, Jennifer E. Smith expertly captures every painful, perfect nuance of first love. I didn’t want the night–or this book–to end.” – New York Times bestselling author Sarah Dessen
“Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between is the love story of Claire and Aidan, high school sweethearts who spend one last day together before college separates them, possibly forever. It’s also the love story of good friends, of home, of what used to be and what’s to come. This latest stunner from Jennifer E. Smith will linger in your aching heart. (But it’s a good ache. The best kind.) It’s an ache that comes from characters who are so real they breathe, and a relatable story that generates feels–lots of them–on every page.” – Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places