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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, 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...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Shadow Mountain (first published August 21st 2012)
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Inspired Kathy
Original. That's my word to describe this contemporary young adult book. I did not feel like I was rereading a story that had already been told. From the summary I was expecting something with paranormal or magical elements (seeker & finder) but there was nothing paranormal about this book at all. It's a fabulously written story with some depth to it.

After Hello chronicles the last 24 hours of Sara's visit to New York City. Sara sees Sam through her camera lens and follows him. After their...more
Shambhawi P.
After Hello is the story of two lost people who found each other.

Sara sees a random guy on a busy New York street and snaps a photo of him on impulse. Sam sees a random girl on the streets stalking him and decides to talk to her on impulse. What we get is an extremely cute romance that leaves a big smile on our faces as we read it.

It is not a perfect book by any means. Some parts were grossly overdone an dialogues tended to border on cheesy. This book was a perfect example of meet-cute clichés...more
Sheila
I was so thrilled to have Author Lisa Mangum give me an ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) of her new book called, After Hello. This is her first book after she finished writing her very successful trilogy, The Hourglass Door.


After Hello, a stand alone book, takes place all in one day in New York City.

I first heard of this book, early Spring, at the Authorpalooza event at Barnes and Noble. I asked Lisa what she had been working on. She began to tell me about this great story of two teens, who meet fo...more
Annalisa
I feel bad giving another one of Mangum's books 3 stars, like what I'm saying is her writing is mediocre or average, when that's not what I mean at all. 3 stars means like and I liked Sara and Sam's story. I loved the idea of a romance between two people who only had 24 hours together.

From the very first chapter, I had a clear vision of who Sam was (and to a smaller degree Sara), and I wanted to get to know him. I wanted to fall in love with New York the way I could see Mangum had and expressed...more
Dee
This is a really sweet story about two young adults, Sara & Sam, who meet and spend a day together in NYC.
The story takes place in one day. It’s amazing how so much happens, but it really goes together well. I didn’t feel the book was rushed, in fact, I found it to be a slow read.
Throughout the day, Sara & Sam form a friendship that helps them deal with problems they are dealing with. I loved how just simple words or events could have such an impact on helping them each overcome thei...more
Lisa M
This book makes me think a lot.

"No one can make you feel anything. Emotions are whatever you choose to feel. It might be an instantaneous decision—to choose to be happy or sad or offended or hurt—but it is still a decision."


And it kind of makes me think of how I've been reacted to stuff that's happened in my life. I mean, I chose to feel how I feel, be it disappointment, or anger, or sadness, or happiness. I feel what I felt because I chose to. In some ways, that's an epiphany. I can choose no...more
Cha
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Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak

This novel reminds me so much of Rachel Cohn & David Levithan’s Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist: two strangers, meeting in the city that never sleeps, and spending 24 hours together.

Sara (without an H), comes to New York with her father, hoping it would salvage what little relationship they had. But her father had been busy with meetings, leaving alone with her camera wandering in the busy streets of New York. Sara is a seeker. She always wanted to...more
Sarah
(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 S...more
Beth Pearson
This was actually going to be more of a 2-3 star book for me....I just wasn't loving it. It kind of just plodded along without sucking me in. But, at the end, then I got sucked into the romance of it all so when it ended, I was feeling all sweet and smiley and decided I really liked it. Yes, it could have been exhuastion talking since it was 2 in the morning, but none the less, I finished it feeling very favorable. So 4 stars even though I was just o.k. with it for most of it. (I'm a sucker for...more
Mckaley Clark
Seeing as how I absolutely loved The Hourglass Door series by Lisa Mangum, I was a little disappointed in her newest novel, After Hello. It is a romance, which I tend to have a soft spot for. I found it interesting that the perspective changed from the two main characters, Sam and Sara, with each chapter. When it was from Sara’s view, it was in first person. Yet, when it was Sam, it was in the third person.
The time frame for this book is almost exactly 24 hours in New York City. Sara, a sevent...more
Anncleire
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“After Hello” è finite nelle cose da leggere appena ho visto la copertina…ma dai mi direte voi? Yep sono una “cover slut” o come il titolo del meme mio e di @ilovereading_ una “cover lover” perché insomma, avete visto questa copertina? Una mappa + una coppia che si tiene per mano + delle foto… un occhiata a quello che si leggerà nel libro e la magia di una storia tutta da leggere. Quando ho letto la recensio...more
Carol Nicolas
I really enjoyed After Hello, a book about two teens who meet in New York City and fall in love. Both are complex characters with problems, who are trying to move forward. They have just one day to really connect with each other, and both must reveal their pasts in order to begin to heal. I loved the idea of trading, and how they were able to help each other and others and get to the desired outcome by trading. Throughout the day, Sam and Sara meet many interesting people who share their wisdom...more
Heather
This book was not horribly bad, nor was it good. It was just kind of there and I didn't ever get into it. Halfway through I started skimming. I didn't connect with Sara (without an "h") as a character.

The comment (on pg 99) stating that it never snows in Arizona really bothered me. I want to read true facts in books, even when the book is fictional. :)

Having grown up in Arizona I happen to know that it DOES snow in Arizona. In fact we went tubing every year near the Sunrise ski resort.

I wouldn'...more
Abby
This book was so good. Five stars for Lisa Mangum. She nailed this book. The realistic fiction with her amazing writing and detail made it a great read. The characters had depth to them and a lot happened in the allotted time. The overall idea was very original and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes a sweet romance.
Cindy Davis
It started with The Hour Glass Door trilogy. I have been a fan of Lisa Magnum's ever since. I was so excited to finally get my hands on this book. From the back cover " What if the FIRST DAY of your relationship was the ONLY day you had? " I thought it was fast paced and I really enjoyed the relationship between Sam and Sara...and set in NYC? Well, I was hooked. It's a fun read.
Jacqueline
Read the whole book out loud to my roommates in one weekend! It was so hard to go to the places that we needed to because we just wanted to keep reading! Most people said they didn't like the ending and wanted a sequel, but I actually really liked it and I would suggest this if you are looking for a fast read! Such a cute fate/destiny story. We create our own destinies!
Hannah
Haha okay I'm writing this for my English class I don't usually post reviews. So enjoy.

This story starts with Sara who is on vacation in New York City. She is waiting for her dad to join her and while she waits she takes a picture and then follows a picture of a boy she has never seen before. They start talking and "Sam" agrees to take her to lunch after he delivers a mysterious package. It turns out to be for a celebrity named Piper Kinkade. After Sara deliveres the package, Piper demands that...more
Tammy
Another amazing book from Lisa Mangum! I was forunate enough to receive a ARC copy of this book and I could not put it down! Great characters and a moving story line. Loving photography myself, I could relate to Sara and her love and quest for the right picture no matter where she was. I too have an ever present camera :)
Mandi Murphy
Surprisingly moving book. I was really pleased with it. As an author, I found it a good study on writing as well.
Casandra Harris
I love this book! I started reading it and slowly but surely fell in love with it. I love how it tells all of what going on with both Sara and Sam. In the end you would not think this all happened in the span of one day, but it did. That is one thing I love about it, it tells their stories and all that they did and how they came to know each other more and more throughout the book. This is defiantly a book I would read over again because I love just that much and more. Whoever reads this book wi...more
J.
Not what I was expecting but enjoyable nonetheless. From the cover blurb I was expecting a little fantasy element or mystery but it was actually pretty realistic. I really wanted to know what happened after the end but I don't know that I would want to read a sequel. I like how the ending left the story open for all the possibilities that the teens had ahead of them, which was one of the themes of the story. I liked the alternating view points but thought it was strange that the girl's was 1st p...more
Leah
Great premise. But the first few chapters were a little hard to get through, although that was probably because I had just ended a book in a completely different writing style. I liked the time period and the way the two main characters were thrown together. I would think, though, that Sam's secret would have been harder to deal with than Sara's, but it seemed the other way around in this book. A little more exchange of info at the end would have been great. I'm looking forward to reading Mangum...more
Tamara
Funny that I can read a 400-page book in under two days, and yet this 272-page book took me three. I suppose I just had an easier time putting it down. There wasn't anything wrong with it--is just didn't suck me in. The main characters (Sara and Sam) were fine--both likable and, I guess, somewhat realistic on their own. But for some reason their meeting and spending the day together just felt, I don't know, contrived? It's strange that I have an easier time suspending disbelief when I'm reading...more
Alexa
FIRST THOUGHTS:

3.5 stars! I loved the idea of the entire novel, and could totally see it as a movie. I also had a soft spot for it being set in NYC :)

REVIEW:

How many of you believe in fate - of things falling into place just so because they were meant to? How many of you also believe that every choice you make determines the course of your life? I believe in both these things, which is why After Hello resonated so strongly on a personal level. On the surface, it seems like the story of a girl, a...more
Paula  Phillips
One of the awesome things that I love about being a book blogger is that you get to read and review awesome books, that you might not have ever known about and are introduced to different authors that you may never have discovered. One of those authors is Lisa Mangum whom I was introduced to her books a few years ago with The Hourglass Trilogy , so when I saw she had a new one out, I jumped at the chance to read it . I do have to say though that this is one of the most awesome covers ever. Afte...more
Aimee
One word for you here, friends. Love. That is how I feel about this book. Love, love, love it. I was really looking forward to reading this book. It was delivered to me on release day and I did a little happy dance. I was hoping I would love it but you just never know until you delve in.

First off, I love the cover. It is gorgeous. Just look at it! Love. And the NY setting is perfect.

Sara and Sam are two characters that I felt like I got to know in this book. It wasn't loud, it wasn't forced, it...more
Stephanie
I have this thing where I like to guess what rating I'm going to give a book after I finish it. So after reading about fifty pages, I took a guess. I liked it but I wasn't hooked so three stars easy. But then I kept reading....

After Hello is the most beautiful book I have ever read. Watching Sara and Sam come to terms with their pasts and growing closer was a complete pleasure. The two are so alike yet they look at things differently.

The pacing was spot on - never too slow or too fast. In fact,...more
W
Sep 26, 2012 W rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc, 2012-read
"My dad taught me never to talk to strangers," she said lightly.
"We're all strangers in the beginning."
"Then what are we in the end?"
"We'll have to see when we get there."


On what seems like an ordinary day, Sara and Sam meet by chance on a crowded New York City street. Though Sara is only there for the day, Sam invites her along to deliver a book to a snooty celebrity, who sends the two of them off on a quest to find a rather particular piece of artwork for her penthouse. With their unique skil...more
A Beautiful Madness
I jumped into After Hello without really knowing what to expect. I hadn’t read anything by Lisa Mangum, nor had I read anything about this book. It was one of those books I picked on a whim, just to see what it would be like. I have to say that I was nicely surprised to find a great contemporary, an interesting book that I read in a matter of hours. I thought maybe it would be a little like The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, since the only thing that really stood out on the back...more
Cydnie
After reading Mangum's first series, The Hourglass Door Trilogy, I was looking forward to this one. I remember when we got to read a quick blurb and vote on the name for the novel. Back then, I thought the name [based on the blurb] was uninspired. Now after reading the entire book I see that it fits. Proven wrong again! As for the following review, I wish that I could add quotes, but I had to give the copy back to my friend - so she could finally read it!

Things I liked:
1) Characters: likable fro...more
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Lisa Mangum has loved and worked with books ever since elementary school, when she volunteered at the school library during recess. Her first paying job was shelving books at the Sandy Library. She worked for five years at Waldenbooks while she attended the University of Utah, graduating with honors with a degree in English. An avid reader of all genres, she has worked in the publishing department...more
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