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?
I have to say I’m a bit disappointed with this book and I guess that’s totally my fault, setting up such high expectations for this. I heard about this book last year, when Jen visited the Philippines for a book signing and she told us about this. The premise sounds really cool and I love books and films set in the course of 24 hours so obviously, this book became one of my most anticipated reads. The book tells about the story of high school sweethearts, Clare and Aidan, spending their remaining time together thinking about their relationship before they go off their separate ways to college.
“Love wasn’t something you could take back. It was like a magic spell: Once you said the words, they were simply out there, shifting and changing everything that had once been true.”
To be honest, I’m not really fond of the “let’s-break-up-after-high-school-because-we’re-totally-not-gonna-see-each-other-again-since-we’re-going-in-different-universities” type of stories just because they think long distance relationships don’t work. I totally HATE that idea. Why give up on something you already have fore years just because you “think” it’s not going to work in the future? Clare and Aidan are both smart and adorable (but pretty dumb in relationships haha). Clare was very realistic and a bit of a pessimist/perfectionist type of girl. I think she worries a lot, like A LOT, about her future. She kind of rubbed me off in a wrong way at first. Aidan was a great guy, he’s actually kind of a hopeless romantic which I found totally adorable. His feelings towards Clare were raw and real that sometimes I want to smack Clare in the head for giving up on them.
Sometimes the hardest things are the ones most worth doing.”
Having loved Jen’s other YA contemporaries, I set the bar high for this one. I found the story pretty different from her other novels, which I guess was mostly a good thing but I was still looking forward for that “fluff” factor which makes the book hers. The thing was, this book was more serious and real than the others. This dealt more with breaking up rather than the usual building up a relationship which made this book really different. It was nice to see a fresh perspective about relationships from an author known to write novels about fate, love and happy endings. Speaking of endings, I totally loved the ending of this book! Although this book started a bit slow for me, it picked up the pace as the story progressed. It became more heartfelt and real towards the end. Even though I didn’t love this as much as the others, I still had a great time reading this one!