After Hello

After Hello

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What if the first day of your relationship was the only day you had?Seventeen-year-old Sara is a seeker. She's always on the lookout for the perfect moment to capture with her ever-present camera, especially on her first trip to New York City.Sam is a finder. He has a knack for finding what other people can't, whether it's a first-edition book or the last two tickets to a sold-out Broadway show. In New York, there is always something interesting to find.When Sam and Sara cross paths, neither one of them is prepared for what they will find out about each other and about themselves. Forming an unlikely partnership in search of an elusive work of art, they're racing against time to set things right for everyone. Did fate bring their talents together for a reason, or will this one day be both a "hello" and a "good-bye"?"show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 266 pages
  • 142.24 x 210.82 x 27.94mm | 385.55g
  • Shadow Mountain
  • United States
  • English
  • 1609070100
  • 9781609070106
  • 1,785,855

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"[A] sweet and bubbly romance...[it] is beyond adorable! An enchanting book."--Ally Condie, author of the "New York Times "bestselling "Matched "trilogyshow more

About Lisa Mangum

Lisa Mangum has worked with books ever since elementary school, when she volunteered at the school library during recess. She attended the University of Utah, graduating with honors with a degree in English.Lisa once worked as a bookseller and is now a book publishing professional."show more

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Oftentimes, I read a book knowing what I'm getting into, but there are those rare occasions when I start a book knowing little to nothing about it and then receiving a nice, shiny surprise. After Hello is definitely one of the latter. Within the first few pages, Lisa Mangum's writing already stood out to me. It was perfect for Sara and Sam's unique story, and awe-inspiring too as this is one of those books that's basically a convolution of quotable quotes. Seriously. If I copied down every beautiful passage After Hello has in to my quote notebook, I'd have no problem filling it. But the writing is just the tip of the iceberg, because what makes this book a real gem is the story it tells. I don't know how she did it, but with the way the author wrote After Hello, she made Sara and Sam totally distinct from one another and yet seeming like they're one personâ??or maybe that's because they're kindred spirits, as they both thought. They each obviously had their own demons, two of the many secrets that I wanted to unearth as I read this, and they both also felt like very real, breathing teenagers. Actually, all of the characters in this book felt like very real, breathing people, and for a story set in a bustling city like New York, I imagine that's not easy to achieve. Sara and Sam's romance might seem insta-love-ish to some but for me, it wasn't. It was insta-connection, something to be envied, not questioned, because really, how often is it that you find someone and feel like you've known them your entire life? And that's exactly how it went for these two damaged, young people as they chanced upon something that they both unknowingly needed, something innocent and reluctant and slow-burning but all the more captivating. Dianne had already warned me about it, and it was certainly inevitable with Sara and Sam's situations, yet the ending still surprised me. It was heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time, but it was the right conclusion to this splendid story that I will surely revisit in the future. MY FAVORITE PART is the last scene. Like I said, bittersweetshow more
by Kazhy
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Deseret Book and Netgalley.) Sara is in New York with her father. He has a meeting, trying to sell his website to some other guys, and she's waiting to have lunch with him and go sightseeing. Her dad cancels though - he's still in his meeting, so Sara boldly follows a guy (Sam) who comes out of a bookstore wearing a hoodie with her favourite band's name on it. They begin talking, and Sara finds out that Sam is good at locating things, and he also likes to trade. He says he can get hold of anything he wants, and Sara goes along with him to drop off the book that he had located for a client. The client turns out to be a famous actress, and Sara somehow finds herself saddled with a quest to find an original, signed piece of artwork to hang above her fireplace, by the end of the day. If she doesn't, she will fire her assistant (who is Sam's brother.) Can Sara get what the actress wants and save Sam's brother's job? And how will Sara feel about Sam when the day is over? This is the kind of book where you are thrown right into the story, and you then find out about the characters as the story progresses, and as they get to know each other. Sara had the problem that her father didn't spend much time with her because of his business, and she never understood why her mother left her. Sam was living in New York with his brother, following an incident back at home that changed his life, and the life of four of his friends. Sam and Sara told each other their stories, and opened up to each other, which seemed to be therapeutic for both of them. The blurb for this book speaks about a 'relationship' between the two characters, but I felt that their relationship was just friendship until right at the very end. This book doesn't really come across as a romance in my opinion, but focuses more on Sam's 'trading', and Sara's relationship with her father. There is also something about Sara being a 'seeker' and Sam being a 'finder', which makes the story sound a lot different to what it really is. Sara is in fact an amateur photographer, who likes to find a beautiful picture, while Sam is in fact more of a trader - he trades things with people for stuff that he wants, or more frequently, what other people want. I really dislike blurbs sometimes! I thought that the idea of this book was good, but the actual story itself was only okay. I disliked that we didn't really know much about Sara or Sam to begin with, and their 'quest' to find the artwork was a little lack-lustre. I really didn't feel the romance angle either, and the ending was a little heart breaking. Overall; this was an interesting day in the life of two teens, but certainly not one of my favourites. 5 out of 10.show more
by Sarah Elizabeth
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