[Blog Tour Book Review #19] Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith + Giveaway

Let luck find you.

Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.

At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall.

As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined…and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect.

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[Book Review #43] ARC: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith (Book Tour + Giveaway)

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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?

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.

Book Specifications:

Author: Jennifer E. Smith

Format: ARC

Part of a Series: No

Release Date: September 1, 2015

Publisher: Poppy

No. of Pages: 256 pages

Price: None. Sourced from Dianne of Oops! I Read a Book Again.

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction, Chick Lit, Teen, Love Story

Book Review:

The Cover: Once again, Jennifer E. Smith is releasing a cover-buy book! And now, it’s in my favorite shade! Featuring a gray image with a black, white, and Pink fonts for the title, this cover of Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between, in one word, is stunning! Absolutely stunning! Also, I’m in love with this concept of possessing only one vibrant color per book for a cover. It brings out the beauty of both the image and the single-colored title. (5 out of 5 stars)

The Story: The story’s concept was simple. Being accepted at two different colleges, Aidan and Clare simply had one last night before they go their separate ways. This was their last hurrah, a chance either to go on through their lives as a couple with a long distance relationship or as two people who will have to undergo a new phase, without any commitment with each other. What I loved about this is that it was refreshing to read a romantic contemporary which started out with a couple who was already together. It was fun reading through their last night together, going on “stops” to places where memories can be found.

To those who know me, as a person, friend, or relative, they know that I am humorous. I enjoy anything that’s comedic. And with that said, I am thrilled to share with you that I am absolutely in love with Aidan and Clare. They are witty, comedic, and such humorous characters whether individually, or as a couple. They complement each other and it is with this fact that I fell in love with them from page one.

Reading this was reminiscent of watching High School Musical 3. The conflicts found within this book are alike with the movie’s. The struggles of choosing among different colleges, the pressure of hanging on to a relationship from a long distance, and trying to keep your friends close while enduring higher education: everything is here! The characters might as well be named Troy and Gabriella. And this made me so happy because HSM3 was my favorite movie back then.

I’m summing this up with an encouragement I’ve learned while reading the pages of this stunning book: Be brave for love, people! It will take you to further heights. And it will show you that some risks are worth taking, especially with someone you love. (4 out of 5 stars)

The Ending: *This part is filled with spoilers. I suggest you skip this part if you don’t want to cry later on.* As the night turned into morning, the inevitable indeed occurred. Clare had to go to college. She had to leave their town behind, even if it meant leaving Aidan too. Heartbreaking, yes. But the story taught me so much more about the wonders of letting go. Letting someone go doesn’t necessarily mean that you don’t love them. It just means that you love them enough to trust time and your love to be stronger than present situations. You trust that destiny WILL make a way for that person to find you again, when circumstances are in your favor. Everything was as it should be with this novel. The protagonists both got what they wanted: happy families, successful adjustments, and last but certainly not the least, Clare and Aidan were both happy. Also, the two have another shot at love. What more can a reader ask for? (5 out of 5 stars)


The Verdict: A fast-paced read with immeasurably appealing characters and an epic storytelling, Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between will surely appeal to YA Romance lovers worldwide. It will touch the hearts of millions of readers as Jennifer E. Smith’s past works already have. And, yes. Jennifer did a great job squeezing an entire love story into one night. A great read indeed!(4.67 out of 5 stars)

Quotable Quotes:

“It’s true that the world is full of signs. They just mean different things to different people.” – Clare

“You’re gonna do great things too. You just don’t know what they are yet.” – Clare

“But this is the type of closeness you don’t notice until it’s gone, until you’re standing on opposite ends of a dimly lit porch less than an hour after deciding to break up, and all that’s left between you is a vast and painfully polite distance”

“And now, two years later, they’re finally here: folded together like this, with the night thrumming all around them and the sound of his heartbeat loud in her ears.

And yet, he’s no longer hers.

All this, and the only thing it means is goodbye.”

“The day will come when you’ll be sitting there looking up at the sky, and you won’t be thinking of me at all. You won’t need to anymore. And it’ll be a good thing, because it means you’ll be happy.” – Aidan

GOOD LORD, THESE QUOTES WILL BE THE DEATH OF ME!

About The Author:

Jennifer E. Smith is the author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Storm Makers, You Are Here, The Comeback Season, This is What Happy Looks Like, The Geography of You and Me, and Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between. She earned her master’s degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and currently works as an editor in New York City. Her writing has been translated into 28 languages.

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[Waiting on Wednesday #2] Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith

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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?

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.

Being a bibliophile who goes gaga over Young Adult Romance novels, this upcoming new book by Jennifer E. Smith has been on my radar since I discovered it’s title way back! And, as the Gods have willed it, an ARC of Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between arrived for me yesterday all thanks to Dianne of Oops! I Read a Book Again. I joined her book tour for this, and I’ll be working with @PinoyBookTours, and my review for this book is set to go live on the 4th of September! I’m down to the last 3 chapters, and I’m already drafting said review, and I can’t wait for everyone to read it!

On the comment section down below, tell me all about your favorite Jennifer E. Smith book! This beauty happens to be mine, to date. 🙂FOOTER

Graham & Ellie: A Match Made Through Emails

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He was a popular movie star. She was a humble small-town girl. Both were living mainstream lives. Both contented with what they had. That is before they started to talk through emails.

It all started on a night like no other, when Graham Larkin, huge movie star, missent an email to a simple and innocent Ellie O’Neill about a favor to walk his pet pig, Wilbur.

This Is What Happy Looks Like started with the brief get-to-know interaction between the two characters. Ellie and Graham’s love started with Graham’s need for a pig walker on a busy night. He mistakenly sent it to a girl named Ellie, who, obviously, isn’t a pig walker. After a few more emails, both of them were interested in meeting the other, but both of them were convinced that their meet-up has to take a rain check, considering the distance between them. Until the day Graham’s movie shoot took place in Ellie’s hometown.

A relationship like Graham and Ellie’s is quite a challenge. An enormous amount of adjustment and dedication is required in order to get said relationship to workout, and that is if both of the people involved share mutual feelings for each other. I, personally, am not a big fan of engaging one’s self into a relationship without any certainty of safety and security in terms of privacy and the concerns of the heart. Falling in love with a high profile individual is hard, you guys! It’s not something that I would advice or recommend to a simple and down-to-earth type of girl. It’s too much of a strain.

But then again, if it’s meant to happen, it WILL happen. 🙂

How about you guys? What do you think?

This post is in participation of Jayvee of Writer for Misfit‘s #JenniferESmithMonth. Check out her amazing blog for more information! 🙂

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