Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith
Clare and Aidan are high school sweethearts who are boundlessly happy and really ‘dove’ each other. They had shared lots of memories that are hardly to forget. But now, Clare wants to break up. It’s logical that separate colleges will cause them to drift into a long distance relationship, and it’s far better, to break up in good terms than later on when they are miles apart. But can these two say goodbye without resenting the other?
Over the next twelve hours before the pair are expected to pack up and go Clare and Aidan have a night planned to retrace their relationship, revisiting all the places that had significance in their relationship so that they can say goodbye with enough closure to move on. The one night that will lead them to a roller-coaster ride and encounter the truths to every secrets and lies. The one night that will determine if they will stick their relationship through despite the fact that they’re both heading off to colleges on opposite coasts or whether it’s best to call it a day.
Distance should never matter if two people love each other, but not for Claire and Aidan. Being in a long distance relationship is never an easy task for all of the couples. Communication only varies through text and social networking sites and the fear that your partner might have another one while you’re not around is so heartbreaking. In fact, there are a lot of couples who never succeeded in long distance relationship. There are always circumstances that could ruin the relationship and the fate of the couples. Another thing is, there is no assurance that all couples in High School will last until college since in college there will be a hundredfold of opportunities to experience new things and to mingle with all the new friends you’ll gain in college. But, this thing will be impossible if one person is committed since all nights and vacant periods will be intended to long distance phone calls with the person you love.
‘’And it is more than just the distance,” she tells him. You know it is. Nobody survives this kind of thing. You pretend it’s going to work, and you make all these promises and then talk on the phone very night and text each other between classes and maybe manage a visit during fall break or something. But then everything’s awkward, because so much has changed, and you don’t fit into each other’s lives anymore’’
Being in a relationship requires fate and trust towards each other. We must learn to take risks in order to make the relationship succeed. Even the smallest detail should be known in order for the relationship to be open and strong. Just like Claire and Aidan, their fate is shaken towards each other because of just a single lie.
We all know that actions speak louder than words but not in a relationship. It is not enough to just make your love ones feel it. Sometimes, they also need words to make them feel assured that you really love them. They need those words to make them feel special, exceptional and to make them feel that your life’s purpose is their purpose too.
“I might not say it, but I obviously show you how I feel,” she says. “Why do the words have to be so important?”
“They just are,” he says, standing up and brushing and brushing off the back of his jeans.
When he starts to walk away, she stands up, too. “I don’t get why you’re so upset about this now,” she says jogging after him. “I didn’t think you cared before—‘’
He stops abruptly. “God, Clare! Of course I cared. How many times do you think someone can say I love you without hearing it back?” (Smith, 100)
There is never a perfect relationship. There will always be circumstances that would test the relationship. But one thing’s for sure, all the problems and trials will never matter if the two of you have trust, faith and willing to take risks to make the relationship go stronger and everlasting. (by Nathalie Morales)
Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between is reaching out to those who are feeling helplessly lost in their relationship because maybe the next chapter of their lives is inevitably pulling them away from each other, but are not quite ready to let go yet.
This book is all about Aidan and Clare, and their adventure, more like a scavenger hunt within 12 hours, visiting places that have mean something to their relationship, and they work up the courage to decide if they want to break up or still be together and have this long distance relationship.
“That after all this time, we only have twelve hours left. I mean…we’re finally here, you know? At the end of the road.”
“Trust me,” Aidan says, reaching for her hand. “A lot can happen in twelve hours.” (Smith, 2)
“So this is a chronological scavenger hunt, then.”
“It’s not a scavenger hunt at all. Think of it more like a refresher course.” (Smith, 7)
Clare had made a list of the places they’re going to visit. At first Clare only wanted to reminisce the memories she and Aidan had shared, but as the quiet night goes by their adventure quickly turns into unexpected one, it takes them on a roller-coaster through their past, from their first conversation to their first kiss and they ended up making new memories to take with them as they got ready to say goodbye to each other and their friends.
“We’re definitely not wasting our time on sleep” she tells him, pulling a folded piece of notebook paper from the pocket of her dress. “We have way too much to do.”
“Aidan raises an eyebrow. “That’d better not be a list of reasons why we should break up….”
“It’s not,”…. “I just figured maybe we could use a plan.” (Smith, 2)
This story is written from a third person limited point of view, most closely following Clare, her thoughts, and her emotions. Clare is so painstakingly familiar with Aidan that she can tell what he’s thinking and how he’s feeling just by the look in his eyes or the expression on his face. That way, we as readers are never left wondering how Aidan may be feeling yet having an overwhelming understanding of Clare’s feelings. Jennifer Smith manages to find the perfect balance between the two. Seeing as this is a story all about staying together or breaking up, Smith gives both Clare and Aidan contradicting opinions on the matter. While Aidan believes that they should fight for what they have.
Clare has a more practical mind-set wherein what will happen in the next few hours, months, years, really matters. She even tells Aidan that,
“You know how I feel about you… But I just… I think we might have an expiration date” (Smith, 51)
This not only allows the book to reach out to a wider demographic of people, but it sets a bittersweet mood throughout the entirety of the book. It evokes a multitude of emotions, ranging for hope to sadness to frustration. It was also exceedingly relatable. It made the reader’s to make Aidan and Clare’s relationship as our own. There wasn’t anything in particular to dislike about this book. It’s thought provoking, page turning, and tear jerking. It would really hit you with the heartbreaking realization that relationships that end before they are really, truly over or for some reasons that are out of their control, such as timing or distance, are far worse than relationships that end on a bitter and resentful note.
4 out of 5 stars
“Sometimes the hardest things are the ones most worth doing.”