Author: Liza Wiemer
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Spencer Hill Contemporary (November 10, 2015)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Contemporary
My Rating: 5 Stars!
One HELLO? can change a life. One HELLO? can save a life.
Tricia: A girl struggling to find her way after her beloved grandma's death.
Emerson: A guy who lives his life to fulfill promises, real and hypothetical.
Angie: A girl with secrets she can only express through poetry.
Brenda: An actress and screenplay writer afraid to confront her past.
Brian: A potter who sets aside his life for Tricia, to the detriment of both.
Linked and transformed by one phone call, Hello? weaves together these five Wisconsin teens' stories into a compelling narrative of friendship and family, loss and love, heartbreak and healing, serendipity, and ultimately hope.
Told from all five viewpoints: narration (Tricia), narration (Emerson), free verse poetry (Angie), screenplay format (Brenda), narration and drawings (Brian).
After reading a ton of wonderful reviews for this I decided it was time I break my dry YA contemporary spell and take the plunge and give it a go.
I am so very thankful that I did. This is one of those rare cases where the hype really did pay off. This wasn't a trumped up book that let me down or disappointed in the least. In fact, I was enamored with it from the very first chapter.
And let me tell you, I was nervous going into it because of all the different point of views I knew I was going to be getting and not only the different voices, but the different ways in which those voices would be portrayed.
Can I say this was done so beautifully?
A truly wonderful heartfelt read about grief, growing up, ad facing troubles challenges and horrors that sadly, a lot of young adults will see and experience in their life time and all of it, truly was relayed and spoken in a way that made all the characters relatable and lovable.
I'm so very thankful that I took a chance and got to experience this wonderful story. It truly was worth the time, energy, and emotion.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*