Published by Poppy on September 1, 2015
[This book was given to me from the Publisher and in no way this affected my opinion.]
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?It was a no brainer to download this book when was up on Edelweiss as it is a Jennifer E. Smith and I know she can always give a cute couple to swoon over (or at least like), also I was on a contemporary streak at the time and this sounded like the perfect cute read to continue with my streak. I was right, after reading this on a night and a half I can assure you that this brings a lot of what I like most on Smith books.
This new must-read novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that must be made when life and love lead in different directions.
The only pet peeve that I have is the fact that Aidan and Clare didn't really stands out for me as separated characters, this is a book all about the romance but still it wouldn't have bothered me to get a little bit more of a glimpse on their lives, without the romance involved. They do have distinct personalities, and friends and family but yet all this was such a small part and all the parts that were show had also a big role on their own involvement and problems as a couple, so it kind of made everything feel like it was all about the romance.
And it truly was, since we get to spend only 12 hours with the two main characters and figure out with them what is the best decision to make: stay together or separate during college. I really liked the construction of this part, Clare made a "scavenger hunt" of all the important places for they relationship and at first I was like "why these two are even thinking on break up?? They are perfect together!" but then we get to know more and more about their relationship and see that not everything is perfect and all that. The romance was so well handled, it really is a big deal to decide whether you stay together with a boyfriend when leaving for college, even if you're not going to so far apart colleges like Aidan and Clare it is a difficult decision to make, and I liked the way Smith dealt with it showing that they both had to take that time apart to grown and change, and how they still were able to come back to each other, as different people but still loving each other. Also it wouldn't have hurt to the epilogue to be a little bigger.