Title: After Hello
Author: Lisa Mangum
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Date of Publication: August 21, 2012
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.
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From the moment I read the blurb I knew I had to read this book and I was not disappointed at all! I love the idea that anything can happen in New York (or at least that is what we are made to believe?) and I really like stories that happen over the course of 24-hours, I don't know but there is this sense of urgency that makes you feel like there is no time to waste.
I think that Lisa writes beautifully and her descriptions of New York were fascinating and made you feel as if you were in the city (which is great for someone, like me, who has never been there)!
I think the characters felt very real and their voice was very believable. Even though I think that maybe Sara (without an h!) was too caught up on something that happened 8/9 years before, I still thought it was easy to relate to the characters and their struggles.
As for the pacing, I think sometimes it was a bit slow, but I guess it is understandable since it happens over the course of 24 hours, so you can't really skip any moments...even the ones that felt like they were just being a filler.
I definitely recommend this book. I think it is a really cute and quick read which took me out of my reading slump (if you can consider reading +1000 page physiology and anatomy books a reading slump).
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.
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