Review: After Hello

Title: After Hello

Author: Lisa Mangum

Series: N/A Standalone

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Romance

Publisher: Shadow Mountain

Publication Date: September 4, 2012

Pages: 272 Pages

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars and MORE!

  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.

  Before I start my review, I would just like to thank Dianne of Oops I Read Again Tours for giving me the opportunity to read such an amazing book, and for supplying me one of my new favorite books! :)

  Before reading the book, I actually didn't think that it would be that great, but I had a feeling that it would be original and one-of-a-kind. I was wrong about the first thing, but I was definitely right about the second thing! It really is one-of-a-kind and original.

  Sara is a seeker, while Sam is a finder. Sara and Sam met in New York one day, went on an adventure, talked and fell in love with one another in just a time span of twenty four hours. Opposites in principles and philosophies, Sara and Sam are ideal and perfect for one another.

  I loved both characters equally, as they both show different sides of life that make complete sense to me. In my sixteen years of living, I haven't experienced falling in love yet, but if I do, I believe I'd fall for someone like Sam - someone I can talk to about things that actually matter, but not have everything go all serious.

  Lisa Mangum has left me in awe and admiration after finishing the book. Can you believe that I just read it in one sitting? This book just summed up all the important point in life within a twenty-four-hour period. I learned a great deal, and I began to have a more positive outlook in life. I still can't believe that this book has less than 4 stars on Goodreads, but I hope that changes soon. This book deserves more, and I'll be sure to be an instrument in promoting it.

  Comparable to Pushing the Limits, I fully recommend everyone to read this to be enlightened about life and its ways.

  **Pardom me for having a crazy review. I didn't know how to write it because of how much I loved it.

“Emotions are tricky things. If you don't control them, they will control you. And if you're living your life out of control, you'll never be able to make clear and rational decisions.” 

“Passion is what makes the world go round. Passion is what drives us to be better than we are. Passion is what makes our emotions - whether love or hate or laughter - ignite and blaze into life.”

“You know, sometimes it's okay to hold on to good things - like your grandpa's medallion - and not trade everything. Sometimes it's okay to slow down and be still.”

“You know, I've learned that sometimes you can only see what you want to see by changing where you stand. And standing somewhere unexpected can lead to unexpected discoveries.”

“If you don't know what you want, you'll never get it. What's more, if you don't know what you want, you'll never know when you DO get it.”

“It takes courage to remove our masks. But it takes greater courage to allow those we care about to remove their own masks when they are with us. When we grant others the opportunity to be open and vulnerable, that is when we can see the truth. In them. And in ourselves.” 

“You gotta keep things moving. If leaving behind the past means you can have a better future, then, sure, why not?” 

*Pardon me for the infinitely many quotes. It's just that I seriously love this book, and you can see why if you read the quotes. :)

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