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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Review: After Hello by Lisa Mangum

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, point-and-shoot 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—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’s paths cross, neither one of them is prepared for what they will find out about each other—and about themselves when they form an unlikely partnership in search of a seemingly elusive work of art. They have one day to find the impossible. Fate brought their talents together, but what happens when time runs out? Will love be able to overcome fate? This new novel from award-winning author Lisa Mangum explores what happens after hello.


I have been trying to come up with one word that describes After Hello, a new YA novel by Lisa Mangum. I keep coming back to "sweet" but "magical" is right up there. And both of those words might be sort of misleading without elaboration. Afterall, the story has many ups and downs, so the words are the overall feeling I ended with.

It's no secret that this story covers a day in time; however I couldn't help but wish that Sara would be able to stay in New York and have more time with Sam. But, she has another year of high school, and she needs to work on the relationship with her father, so even though I wanted more, it was a good ending.

Other than a couple of mild swearwords, this is a clean and enjoyable story.