Title: After Hello
Author: Lisa Mangum
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Date of Publication: August 21, 2012
What if the first day of your relationship was the only day you had?
Seventeen-year-old Sara is a seeker. She’s always on the lookout for the perfect moment to capture with her ever-present, point-and-shoot camera, especially on her first trip to New York City.
Sam is a finder. He has a knack for finding what other people can’t—a first-edition book or the last two tickets to a sold-out Broadway show. In New York, there is always something interesting to find.
When Sam and Sara’s paths cross, neither one of them is prepared for what they will find out about each other—and about themselves when they form an unlikely partnership in search of a seemingly elusive work of art. They have one day to find the impossible. Fate brought their talents together, but what happens when time runs out? Will love be able to overcome fate? This new novel from award-winning author Lisa Mangum explores what happens after hello.
This novel reminds me so much of Rachel Cohn & David Levithan’s Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist: two strangers, meeting in the city that never sleeps, and spending 24 hours together.
Sara (without an H), comes to New York with her father, hoping it would salvage what little relationship they had. But her father had been busy with meetings, leaving alone with her camera wandering in the busy streets of New York. Sara is a seeker. She always wanted to capture a perfect moment with her lenses, and she wouldn’t want to miss anything on her first trip to New York.
Ask Sam for anything and he’ll find it (OMG – I love to have him on my friend-list). Sam is a finder. He can find the most outrageous, most sought-after, most unique thing in the world. This is New York, after all, there is always something interesting to find.
When their paths crossed, the unthinkable happens. They were thrown on a mission to find an extraordinary work of art. They were given ONE DAY to find it. Seems impossible, but two heads are better than one. With Sam’s ability to find things, and Sara’s ability to seek for it – they might stand a chance.
As the day goes, secrets begin to unravel, baggage starts to drop, and hearts begin to open. What happens when they finally have what they were looking for? Are they brave enough to let go of their dark past and take risk in an unsure future?
All of these things happened in just ONE DAY. It took one click for them to meet, one day for them to set an adventure, one day to know each other’s deep secrets and just ONE DAY for their lives to change. This was one crazy journey, an adventure you would not want to miss.
AFTER HELLO is an interesting read, it’s more of an adventure of two strangers, meeting in one of the busiest cities in the world. I love the pacing, it was definitely fast, the twists, the secrets, and most especially the ending. It was not what you would expect, but it was just right to end an adventure. This is a novel of letting-go and holding-on. Fate had brought them together, who knows what the future holds.
*ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.
LOVE THESE QUOTES from After Hello!
Lisa Mangum has loved and worked with books ever since elementary school, when she volunteered at the school library during recess. Her first paying job was shelving books at the Sandy Library. She worked for five years at Waldenbooks while she attended the University of Utah, graduating with honors with a degree in English. An avid reader of all genres, she has worked in the publishing department for Deseret Book since 1997.
Besides books, Lisa loves movies, sunsets, spending time with her family, trips to Disneyland, and vanilla ice cream topped with fresh raspberries. She lives in Taylorsville, Utah, with her husband, Tracy. She is the author of The Hourglass Door (which was named the 2009 YA Book of the Year by ForeWord Reviews), The Golden Spiral, The Forgotten Locket and After Hello.