Life Update + REVIEW: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith

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Hello everyone! I want to apologize for not posting anything for AGES. I know it’s only been like a little over a week, but whatever. I’m still sorry. I moved back to college on Saturday and I’ve been adjusting to school, homework, deadlines, etc. I’ve had such a great summer filled with such amazing books that it’s going to be hard to go back to only being able to read after I get all of my school reading done, which is no fun whatsoever. My classes are terribly boring and all I ever want to do is just sit down and read about my precious little babies falling in love. Alas, I must get my degree eventually. So along with that, I probably won’t be making videos very much either for a while. Just until I’m back into a routine and can find out a specific time to make and edit my videos. Especially because I just got a job down here so it’ll be difficult to find time with school and a job! I’m excited to see how my senior year plays out, though.

So, yeah, I just wanted to update y’all on what’s going on with me! Time for a review!!

“Because how do you say goodbye to a piece of yourself?”

Back of the book blurb:

On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan have only one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide their future. The night leads them to family and friends, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and the 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 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.

Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780316334426

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A message from the cosmos:

My rating:

How do I begin to describe the master of torture that is Jennifer E. Smith? She’s one of my auto-buy authors, so I didn’t even read the description of this before I read it and let’s be honest, I’d read it anyway but at least I’d be PREPARED!!!! When I first picked it up, I was like, wow, it’s so short. But then I realized it was going to span over only TWELVE MEASLY HOURS. WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT?! It’s brilliance, that’s what it is.

God, this book was just INCREDIBLE. The entire premise was just amazing. For this couple, who has been together for quite some time now, to visit their “greatest hits” to decide whether they should really breakup before going to college on opposite coasts. You’d think it’d be hard to create memorable characters in a twelve-hour span but SO MUCH CAN HAPPEN in twelve hours. And a lot of shit happened. And by the end of the novel, you will care so deeply about these characters. I was sobbing at this ending. And then the “prologue” at the end of the book (which you will understand why it’s a prologue when you read the book) was incredibly heartbreaking.

Clare was great. It was honestly refreshing to have the girl be the logical one while the guy is the one that’s head over heels, can’t-think-straight in love. It was SO cute when Aidan was so persistent to prove to Clare that they shouldn’t break up. And honestly, Clare’s reasons for wanting to break up were so close to home for me. There’s just something so… relatable (I hate that word) about this book—something so genuine and real and raw. It will crawl inside you and rip out the most intense feelings you have felt in a long, long time.

I also really adored Aidan, like I said above. He was this head-in-the-clouds, beautiful, eccentric character and I absolutely fell in love with him. He was so romantic and so funny and so happy. Again, I have a thing for the happy guys. Jennifer E. Smith has weaved some pretty amazing characters in literally all of her books.

There was so much that was SOOOOO good in this book. I honestly don’t think there was anything that I didn’t enjoy. Everything was incredible. I love this book, even if it made me fucking sob because of that DAMN ENDING LIKE ARE YOU FOR REAL? And I love Jennifer E. Smith. Thank you so much for writing this!

Happy Reading!

The Cosmic Reader

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