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Hello Now

2.98  ·  Rating details ·  158 ratings  ·  43 reviews
From Carnegie Medal finalist Jenny Valentine comes a bold new story about love and second chances, perfect for fans of the popular film Sliding Doors and David Levithan's Every Day.

Jude's life is upended when his mother loses her job and moves them to a little town by the sea to live with Henry Lake--an eccentric old man with rooms to rent. Henry is odd, the town is dull,
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by Philomel Books
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Ellie (bookmadbarlow)
I am finding this book so hard to rate and so I am not going to star rate it. The writing beautifully described the act of falling in love, the moments when time slows down and it feels like there is only the two of you or the moments when everything feels super speedy and you are trying to catch your breath. This book tries to put into writing the way that feels in the moment, the feel of being invincible.
Unfortunately, although I can appreciate the writing, this book just wasn't my cup of tea,
I legit have no idea what I just read and I think I liked it.

Jude and Novo are interesting characters. They’re instantly attached and the story of why slowly slowly sloooooooowly unfolds. Henry was the most compelling character for me and there’s a definite reason why.

Plot wise, I don’t know. There are a lot of descriptions that I’m guessing are supposed to be whimsical and filled with magic and to me they were a bit pretentious. It was loads of inner monologue, a bit of gibberish, and nothing
May 05, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I feel like this entire book is either a metaphor for falling in love or I just didn't understand a word of it. It was strangely magical yet confusing. ...more
Jul 07, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5/5 Stars

This book instantly drew me in and even though it wasn't the best thing I've ever read, I still think it was an enjoyable read. Could the whole thing have been done better? Yes. Did I enjoy it anyway? I totally did.

This story is definitely whimsical and things are left unexplained on purpose to keep the mystery alive, but I liked reading about Jude and Novo and their special and unique connection. I would have liked to see more chapters from Novo's point of view because I believe he w
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hello Now is whimsical, a strangely magical story of falling in love. It might be a metaphor for the experience of what it is to fall in love, particularly for the first time, and as such, it is a perfect, gorgeous metaphor. I certainly stopped at times to marvel at the thoughts and descriptions of feelings and surroundings. It might also be just a story of two people, Jude and Novo, their meeting and relationship. As such, the book captures beautifully the rush of first love, how it can make yo ...more
Esmée D'Costa
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
It is so difficult to rate this book! So let me start off with the rating, 3,5 stars - 4 stars chosen since this book had me crying 5 times in the span of 20 pages and left me as an emotional but yet satisfied wreck at 2am in the morning. I just had to finish it!

And now my more elaborate review.

𝐦𝐚𝐠𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐦 - 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐥 - 𝐟𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞 - 𝐥𝐠𝐛𝐭𝐪+ - 𝐥𝐲𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥

To start off with, Hello Now is a book with a writing style different from what I usually read and it was mentioned to have a bit of an D
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was so bizarre.
Starr ❇✌❇
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: got-an-arc, reviewed
I received a DRC from Edelweiss

Normally I start my reviews with a quick synopsis of the book, but I can't do that with Hello Now because I genuinely cannot tell you what this book was. It involves time magic, and romance, and... nope, that's it.

The characters in the book are not characters. They are languishing poems set out on an otherwise empty page. They are despondent letters pushed together, until you can trick yourself into seeing faces in them, if you squint hard enough. Just like ther
Jul 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: high-school
Great book for YA romance fans. The beginning of the book was a little abrupt, but the rest flowed. I love the timeless aspect of their story, Henry Lake as a character, and I love that we never know Jude's gender. Love is love. ...more
Lucija The Reader
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Going into this one, I really didn't know what to expect, but I decided to give it a go since I also read Fire Colour One(Jenny Valentine's other book, it is amazing as well as this one). The whole story is very original and refreshing to read, and it begins with Jude, our main character, moving. She usually moves very often, and the reason for that is her mom. Of course, she loves her mom, but will never stop hating how much she has to change her surroundings and way of life. Jude is an interes ...more
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, young-adult
3.5, rounded up because I feel bad that this book has such a low average rating. Like no, I didn’t find it particularly groundbreaking and it got a little slow in the middle, but 2.8? Am I missing something?
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Why do we always want something to last forever just because it's good?" Novo said. "Why can't it being good be enough?"

Thanks to Edelweiss+ & Philomel books (Penguin Publishing) for an arc of this fascinating novel! It certainly delivered some magic into my life!

The writing in this story is really captivating! It has this ethereal & enchanting quality to it that really pulls you in. It's been a while since I've read anything time travel related but I found this story and these characters to be
Michele Harrod
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Adorable. A magical glimpse into the sort of love that feels like it should be with you for a lifetime, but somehow only seems to last a moment. Maybe it’s just us who have time all wrong, and the things we think we’ve lost, aren’t at all.

A great reminder to let your mind and heart travel back to the magical moments we’ve had, and to put down our devices and be in the magical now that I fear so many of us might be missing. Because let’s face it, that’s where the real magic lives.

We often wonde
Clair Sharpe
In the beginning, before Novo showed up, my mum and me moved to the seaside. Then the first of July, 11.34am. Novo arrived. I was like an atom in his orbit. Alone with him, feeling the pull. Suddenly in the moment, in the Now.
Then a terrible, unthinkable Now. One that could tear my family apart. But Nows can be undone, rewritten, changed.
Goodbye to life as I know it.
And Hello Now…
We never find out for sure in this book if Jude is a boy or a girl (I assumed girl) so in this review I will refer to
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, mlm, gay
This book was great but I needed more.
The concept behind this book is amazing and something that I've never really seen before (although the easiest comparison would be to Every Day). I loved this book but I needed more. The book was pretty short so the idea behind it was never really explored. The book had a large abstract fantasy element but it was never explained beyond the basics. I felt confused and I really believe that if this had been a longer book, it would have been perfect.
The beginni
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have a habit of adding books to my TBR and then when I go to read them I don't reread the synopsis and just go in blind. So from this book I was kinda expecting it to be a romance/contemporary book from 2013 based on the cover alone. And boy was I in for a ride.

I'm not sure what exactly happened in this book, but it felt beautiful. The writing was gorgeous and captivating. I read this book in one sitting over the course of 2-3 hours and I was hooked the whole time. I know the middle wasn't me
Vanessa Nunn
Apr 30, 2020 rated it liked it
The novel opens with Jude moving house - not for the first time and who knows if it would be the last? Jude was always on the move, never settling for long in one place. This time they were moving in with a man named Henry Lake. The idea of sharing a house with a stranger was disturbing and Jude tried everything tried to persuade Mum to turn back! Jude never was interested in love, but when Novo came along everything changed...

Novo opens Jude's eyes and teaches him to appreciate the real world!
Jul 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
This caught my eye on the new shelf at work because it had the wrong genre sticker on the spine. So, while fixing that snafu, I couldn't help but be curious about the book itself. So I skimmed the synopsis and thought it sounded interesting...kind of Every Day (before the sequels near ruined the story).

But dang! I read six chapters and still didn't have any idea what was really happening or where this thing was going. It read like a bunch of random notes and ideas for a story rather than a story
Kristina Hart
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is probably the most original book that I’ve ever read. At one point I was so confused by what I was reading, I didn’t know what was real or what was imaginary. After a while I realised this book is best to interpret how you want to. Don’t feel your interpretation of it is wrong and you’ll learn to enjoy it.

Predominantly it is about love and loss, and all the feeling involved with both of those emotions.

Nicola Quinn
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
I found this book for me really questioned love as we know it. I enjoyed the characters Jude and Novo but found myself a bit confused by what was going on. The style of writing was lovely and very descriptive, you could almost feel you were there. The character I enjoyed most though was Henry, I found his story captivating. I’m not sure whether I just couldn’t relate to the story or just didn’t fully understand it but one thing is for sure love can be anything!
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Such an incredibly unique story! Jenny Valentine authentically captures the magic of first love in her stunning, butterfly-inducing style of writing. Jude is a wonderfully written character who really jumps off the page from the very beginning. I only wish I knew more about Novo, but I suppose that the air of mystery which surrounds him feeds into the idea of young love as enigmatic and often fleeting in nature. A wonderful read!
With only 33 people rating it, it's very easy to get a low average on Goodreads. Add in a m/m romance and the ratings sometimes go lower. Add in magical realism (which seems to confuse the bejeebers out of some people, clearly), and you have another layer altogether.

I am conflicted, and I'd like someone else (who I trust) to read this & chat with me before I commit to a rating.
May 10, 2020 rated it liked it
I feel like this is going to be a marmite book for alot of people, I really enjoyed it and loved the nostalgic feelings it gave me of falling in love for the first time as well as the heartbreak. I would have loved more insight on some of the characters but really liked the short sharp impact the book has
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Jenny Valentine’s prose is gorgeous and vivid, but on the whole I found this story confusing and abrupt. I loved the opening few chapters, but beyond that I wished that the short parts were longer and the long parts were shorter.
Queer content: m/m

Supposed to be romantic and lyrical but it's actually really creepy and unhealthy
Elena Mijares
I would LOVE to see this book turned into a movie!
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
An excellent romance - but not like any other romance you have ever read
Sharon Williams
Apr 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I did enjoy this book. But did find some bits dragged on in the middle beginning and end I loved. It's very descriptive ...more
Apr 30, 2020 rated it liked it

Not a book for everyone, but if you‘re looking for a fast paced love story with magical realism, this is the book for you
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully written story with beautiful characters. Short and sweet but super powerful!!
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Jenny Valentine moved house every two years when she was growing up. She has just moved house again, probably not for the last time. She worked in a wholefood shop in Primrose Hill for fifteen years where she met many extraordinary people and sold more organic loaves than there are words in her first novel. She has also worked as a teaching assistant and a jewellery maker. She studied English Lite ...more

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