Published: 1st September 2015
One night. A life-changing decision. And a list… Of course Clare made a list. She creates lists for everything. That’s just how she is. But tonight is Clare and Aidan’s last night before college and this list will decide their future, together or apart. It takes them on a roller coaster ride through their past – from the first hello in science class to the first conversation at a pizza joint, their first kiss at the beach and their first dance in a darkened gymnasium – all the way up to tonight. A night of laughs, fresh hurts, last-minute kisses and an inevitable goodbye. But will it be goodbye forever or goodbye for now?
Clare and Aidan are leaving for college tomorrow morning, on opposite sides of America and their goodbye of a two year relationship seems to be the hardest. Clare has a plan for their final evening: visit every place in their town with means something to them, to their relationship and with some hope, Aidan might remember why they’re there. Instantly, they come across as the stereotypical very cute, very in love high school couple and with every single Jennifer E. Smith novel, I absolutely loved it.
“To fit two whole years into one final evening; to dump all the pieces out of the box and then put them back together again in the right order so that they can see the whole thing spread out before them.”
The outline of the plot is one evening, remember and treasuring those special moments. I really do enjoy how Jennifer allows a few hours to pan out over an entire narrative. Her writing is Young Adult magic which you can’t help but absorb as you sink into the lives of the very addictive characters. Clare is sweet, organised and like most females in the world, she’s worried about her relationship with Aidan who is one of those characters who will always make you smile.
“I also read that there are even more stars than there are grains of sand in the whole world. Isn’t that crazy?”
It isn’t all about the happy memories though. Jennifer adds a very heavy dose of realism into the plot when Clare and Aidan begin to fight over a college application lie. It is then that we dive deeper into their relationship and understand why those three special words mean more to one than to the other. It’s very easy for the reader to fall into step with the loved up couple and I really enjoyed their story.
“Sometimes the hardest things are the ones most worth doing.”
The ending was bittersweet and it was clear what was going to happen. I was completely hooked from start to finish and by the time I reached the 90% mark on my Kindle, it was dark outside and I had been reading all day long. It is yet another superb novel from Jennifer E. Smith – time and time again, she knocks them out of the park and she is by far, one of my favourite Young Adult authors of all time. I can’t wait to see what she writes next.