To quote this book: Sometimes the hardest thing are the ones most worth doing.
Jennifer Smith has a penchant for writing relationships that involve, as the title suggests ‘hellos’, ‘goodbyes’, and (more often than not) the distance between the two love interests. She clearly loves not only travel — and for her characters to do so — but in examining the trials and tribulations of long-distance relationships and the emotion havoc it can wreak.
This time we see a young couple about to take the long-distance plunge…or not. Actually, they’ve already decided to break up due to their respective universities existing (literally) on opposite ends of the country. But, as we all know, relationships and the emotional threads which encompass their gnarled web are difficult to simply snip. And so we follow our couple around on their final night together. It’s a ride, to say the least.
Those of us who have had the fortune — or misfortune, in some cases — to embark on the journey of a long-distance relationship, or a breakup because of distance, can understand how Clare and Aidan feel. And we can, too, understand why their final night is so full of highs and lows. And, as the metaphorical trump, we can all connect with how hard the shifting of high school to college is for these two characters — the struggle in determining what “really matters” to them as individuals.
It’s sweet and wonderful and sure to make you smile.