Review: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith

Published: 2015
By: Poppy
Source: Borrowed
Format: Hardcover
ISBN:  9780316334426

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Two high school sweethearts spending their last night together before going off to university. Clare has been stressing herself out with the reality of how difficult it would be to maintain a relationship with Aidan at a distance, and knew that it would be inevitable that they should break up. Friends and family knew this moment would come, because Clare couldn’t stop trying to figure out what she should do, but Aidan wanted nothing to happen and believed that things would work if they both wanted it to. Recollecting memories, Clare and Aidan drive through their sleepy town and visiting those special locations where they created their “firsts”.

Once again Jennifer E. Smith has done it again. Pulled at my solid heartstrings and made my chest rattle. Although the book felt long – probably because I kept distracting myself – I finally finished it, and just like when I read The Geography of You and Me I was immediately drawn to the way she writes. I liked the way we got a background story of the two characters, Clare and Aidan, even though I knew the outcome of how this story would end, I had no clue what would truly happen leading up to *Sniffle Sniffle*. Jennifer has a way of doing predictability that isn’t so predictable. I like it, it makes you say “Aww” by the end because you didn’t expect it, but knew something great was going to happen.

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Review: Memoirs of a Hamster by Devin Scillian

Published: 2013
By: Sleeping Bear Press
Source: Borrowed
Format: Hardcover
ISBN:  9781585368310

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Recommended Age: 4-7 years old

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Seymour the hamster is happy. He has his cozy cage, yummy food, and his wheel that he can spend hours of night-time fun using. However, Pearl the cat is tempting Seymour of some of the wonders of the house that are unseen from his cage; a sunroom full of yogurt drops, and a staircase made of seeds. Seymour needed to see things for himself.

I thought this book was super cute, and the accompanying illustrations only make me want to cuddle that little hamster, even if he thinks it’s gross. The font is fun, and the sentences are short and the dialogue is clear.

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Review: We Bought a Zoo by Benjamin Mee

Published: 2011
By: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Source: Borrowed
Format: Audiobook
Length: 8 hrs., 14 mins.
ISBN:  9781481571487

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 I haven’t watched the movie yet, but I have a feeling the two will not be alike. But I’m not here to review the movie (yet). We bought a zoo is an interesting documentation of the author’s (Benjamin Mee) life and his experience as he and his extended family went through the process of buying an old zoo, but it all wasn’t easy both personally and professionally.

Benjamin Mee was a freelance DIYer and enjoyed it very much. Moving his little family a few times throughout Europe to work on his next DIY project. When his sister has found an advert for a zoo that was being forced to shut down for numerous reasons, which she noted was like a dream for him. With the help of most of his family, they helped their mother sell their family home and use their deceased father’s money to make an offer on a zoo.

Tight budgets and deadlines, Ben is trying to learn the ins-and-outs of a zoo and not lose hope that the plan will never come true. Even through this process Ben also loses his wife to brain tumors, leaving him with his two little children. Trying very hard to juggle parenting and the position as zoo director, with the help of his mother everything seems to be going really well.

I enjoyed this book. It came out around the time I worked at the bookstore, and although it was not at the top of my TBR list, I felt like it might be interesting. A man who writes about his life experience in purchasing a giant property full of exotic animals? Why not.

3 Star

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