Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Teen Review: After Hello

After Hello
by Lisa Mangum
Number of pages undetermined
Realistic fiction
Not part of a series
Rating: 4
Reviewed by: Julia J., 8th grade

S U M M A R Y :
After Hello, by Lisa Mangum, is about two 17-year-olds named Sara and Sam. Sara can pick out details and see things clearly, which is why she’s into photography. Sam trades ordinary things for spectacular, rare things, and finds what he’s looking for. On a fateful Saturday, they stumble upon each other in the streets of New York, and embark on an incredible journey in which they discover things about each other and themselves they never thought they would ever know. Throughout the course of the day, they go on a quest to find something exquisite to save some friends and heed a teenager’s bad temper. But what happens when the day finally closes? Are Sam and Sara meant to be, or will they go their separate ways?

R E V I E W :
After Hello explores many deep and thoughtful topics, one of them being question of how you can take something ordinary, like a sugar packet, and trade it for something special and exciting, like tickets to a sold-out show. Sam has a talent for starting with something small and working up to something big, which fascinates Sara. How is it possible you can use something no one thinks twice about, and turn it into a special gift that you cherish forever? Sam and Sara end up doing this with their day, without realizing it, finding and discovering new and exciting things.

I would recommend this book for anyone who’s up for a good cry, likes a thought-provoking book, and wonders what it would be like to meet a strange boy on the sidewalks of a dazzling place. The general age range for this book, in my opinion, would be from grades 7-12, for hard-to-wrap-your-mind-around concepts younger minds won’t be able to understand fully (no, not like that, it’s just deep).

The cover is cool, and the color scheme was a stroke of genius, in my opinion. However, I can’t tell who the boy is and who the girl is in the picture of them holding hands. All in all, though, it’s an intriguing, good-looking cover.

I thought this book was amazing. It was emotional and deep, and it played with my heartstrings a little. The characters are colorful and relatable, and you are able to connect with them thought Sara and Sam’s journey. After Hello leaves you thinking when you are finished with it.

Note: This book was just released on September 12. It is on order for the Central library, but will take a few weeks to arrive and be processed. Put it on your to-read list!

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