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Hello Goodbye by Emily Chenoweth
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Jun 20, 2011

really liked it

While this book doesn't neatly wrap up in a tidy package, it is a very human story. The writer does a very good job of creating a host of characters, most of whom are made real by their honest (and haphazard) attempts to grapple with terminal illness. There were times when I wanted to smack Elliot and Abby for their seeming selfish attitudes; the voice of Helen was fragile and precious, and I wish the reader were given more chances to hear the story from her perspective.
This story has many layers and at times seemed a little overreaching, but in the end, the book does the story justice. I particularly liked the setting-- a mammoth hotel of yesteryear set in the mountains of New England, attended to by a bunch of teenagers.
Yes, at times the book was a bit slow, but there were some very moving characters, all of whom were mirrors for the grief of Elliot, Helen, and Abby. Some exquisitely written pages. All in all, a pretty good read.

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Reading Progress

June 20, 2011 – Shelved
July 9, 2011 – Started Reading
July 10, 2011 –
page 70
25.64% "OMG This book is going to set me back a whole box of tissues, I can see it now. Very well-written, interesting characters. Stay tuned."
July 10, 2011 –
page 100
July 11, 2011 – Finished Reading

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