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 ...more
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One word answer: Deep.
Longer answer: HELLO? opens the curtains into five teens' lives, revealing their…moreJuana, thank you so much for your question.
One word answer: Deep.
Longer answer: HELLO? opens the curtains into five teens' lives, revealing their deepest secrets. When I speak at high schools, I ask students to think about how they come to school clueless about what goes on in the homes of students they might sit in the same room with nearly every day. The person at school may be very different at home. For example, in HELLO? Angie is careful about the way she dresses, acts. In many ways, she's superficial, though she would never describe herself that way. It's a defense mechanism—armor! As time goes on, she realizes she does/says certain things to protect herself. Her childhood holds many secrets. Her chapters are written in free verse poetry, enabling her to express herself. It's the way she gives voice to what she doesn't want others to see.
HELLO? and its characters have many layers. I was constantly asking myself "why?" "Why would a character do this?" Why is this important?" "Why does a character feel this way?" "Why now?" I have a long list of why questions I think about while writing and editing.
If you read HELLO?, look for the deeper why questions/answers and it's very possible you'll have your own perspective. I'm always in awe when someone connects it to himself or others in a way I hadn't even thought of.
In addition, I wanted to reveal how a simple act—in HELLO? a phone call—can create a chain reaction. How kindness can transform. I personally have experienced many incredible connections. HELLO? shows the beauty and wonderment of serendipity.(less)
While I was researching the novel, I loved meeting and spending time with students…moreThis is a great question! But it's impossible to only choose one!
While I was researching the novel, I loved meeting and spending time with students at Sturgeon Bay HS and at Washington Island School. Traveling around Door County helped me to create an authentic setting and present an authentic voice. For me, this was critical in order to bring DC to life on the page.
Also, I'm a teacher. Another best part of writing HELLO? occurred AFTER the book was finished. I absolutely love going to schools to conduct workshops. There is nothing better than meeting students, talking with them, and hearing how their "Hello" stories have changed their lives.
The BEST of the BEST occurred on May 15, 2016, when students from 5 Wisconsin high schools traveled to Washington Island to walk in the footsteps of the characters from HELLO?. By far, that day was the most spectacular day of my life. Seeing how the novel came to life for these students and watching friendships develop was absolutely incredible! (less)
"Be the best imperfect you."
Storyline of Hello? simply cannot be summed up in couple of sentences or paragraphs. So instead of telling you about plot of this book, I’m going to give you four reasons why you should be reading this book right now:
#1 Not A Single Reader Will Stay Untouched
Hello? Is deeply moving and emotional story that will grip your heart with its moments of potent intensity. This isn’t fluffy or light story. But if you want to experience all the feels from grief, rage, fear, g ...more
HELLO? is a captivating story about fractured families, authentic friendships, and the way lives connect, impact, and transform each other. This book is so originally crafted and beautifully executed it will stay with you for a very long time.
Becca: So reading a book that a friend has written is always a daunting task. What if you don’t like it? What do you say to them? HOW do you say it? I was freaking out when I first picked it up, b ...more
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 b ...more
Hello? is a unique novel about the power of human connection, complete with lyrical writing, a brilliant cast, and those heartbreaking moments found only in the best of literature. The unflinching honestly of Hello? will make you laugh, cry, and be inspired. One of my favorite reads this year.
When done right, I adore multiple POVs in novels, and Liza has clearly mastered this. The stories of five teens are woven toget ...more
This review was damn near impossible to write since I adored this book so much. It's one of those situations where I just don't feel I have an adequate enough vocabulary to voice my feelings so I'll just fangirl it out for you. I DO NOT READ CONTEMPORARY YA. I just am kinda of past that point in my life and don't have much desire to revisit those years especially through the eyes of someone who ...well isn't me. I get frustrated when characters make stupid decisions and let's face it that is wha ...more
I read this book weeks ago, and honestly, this is the most difficult review I’ve had to write so far this year. Maybe that’s because this book is my FAVORITE book from 2015. Maybe it’s because I know my words will never do this book justice. Liza’s masterful writing brought this truly amazing and life-changing story to soaring heights. As you can see from its 4.5+ star rating on Goodreads, I’m not alone with the love I feel for this story. Each person that reads this story is touched by it ...more
This is how I blurbed this book:
"Liza Wiemer's words evoke the heart of the Door County, WI setting and the teens who reside there with an honesty that will allow the story to resonate far beyond. Elements of faith, grief, family, memories, friendship, love, fear, and hope combine in a profound way that seem ...more
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Liza Wiemer's Hello? is a poignant tale of friendship, love, loss, and resilience. Told from multiple points of view, the richly drawn characters offer a powerful example of how connected we all truly are. This book will compel readers to consider the existence of destiny. Hello? grabbed me from the first page and pulled me right through to the gorgeous ending.
I don't even know how I'm going to begin to express how much I loved Hello? by Liza Wiemer. I honestly can't say it was a book that was on my radar to begin with, but something about the summary made me want to pick it up even though typically, even the hint of angst or multiple POVs is enough to chase me away from a book. To say that I'm incrediblyhappy I readthe book would be one of the biggest understatements of the year. Hello? is a poignant and emotional story about 5 teenagers on the surfa ...more
Take the unique storytelling method ofIlluminae, complete with five different perspectives, and add in a poignant story of grief, loss, love and hope, and you've gotHello?by Liza Wiemer. I was glassy-eyed and sniffling by page three, had the chills at page 23, and readying myself for an all-nighter by page 151. This is an extremely beautiful story, and I felt its loss whe ...more
**SPECIAL NOTE:** An eARC of this title was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.
Quick Thoughts and Rating: 4.5 shining stars! This novel was unlike anything I've read before. After two trusted bloggers politely pushed it on me (Thanks Lisa ...more
I thought of the REM song lyric, “Everybody hurts, sometimes.” In “Hello?”, everybody hurts at some point or another. Sometimes, it’s because of their own actions—a missed signal given or acted upon, a lie left to fester too long. Other times, the hurt comes from the death of a most-cherished loved one, or memories of long-ago wounds. Still others hurt becaus ...more
Thank you NetGalley and Spencer Hill Contemporary for providing this ARC
Oh my gosh, guys, this book. It was absolutely magical and perfect and lovely and heartbreaking and beautiful. I read it in one sitting and I have absolutely no regret picking it up. At all. It was wonderful, extremely original and a delight to read.
It tells the story of five teenagers, each story being written in a different style: narration (Tricia ...more
The story was so unique - full of heartbreak and hope all at the same time.
"If you forget the past, you're doomed to repeat it.
I can't and won't forget my past."
It is a little slow paced, I mean the book only takes place within a week. I enjoyed this though - usually it becomes boring, especially when you hit the middle of the story and it begins to drag everything out.. but that was not the case in Hell ...more
I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet
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Brenda. Angie. Emerson. Brian. Tricia.
Brenda is trying to find her place in the world. She is a screenwriter who is moving to New York soon for college.
Angie is waiting for her boyfriend to ask her to prom. She gets lost in her poetry.
Emerson wants to break up with his girlfriend, but is scared. He gets a call one night from an unknown number.
Brian is an artist who is taking care of his girlfriend. He do ...more
HELLO? has a unique and intriguing premise--all initiated by one desperate phon ...more
And there are some series issues, which have been handled with beauty and hope. Never have I read something so beautiful and heart-wrenching.
HELLO FROM THE OTH ...more
I couldn't put HELLO? down, and finished it in two nights. While I was reading, it seemed like I was transporte ...more
Not this time!
Liza Wiemer seamlessly weaves together her narrators' voices and styles, each distinct and personal but still connected. It's definitely one of the more sexually explicit YA books I've read, and it was interesting to see all sides of how those encounters were being processed in different characters' lives.
My author website is http://www.LizaWiemer.com and I have a blog for books http ...more
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One HELLO? can save a life.”
Find redemption, no more contention,
Keeping you close. Too long, years gone,
Wasted away. One night, our night,
Remember this. I won't forget you,
No I won't forget you.—Red-Eyed Loons”