Saturday, September 1, 2012

Review: After Hello by Lisa Mangum

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.

One word for you here, friends.  Love.  That is how I feel about this book.  Love, love, love it.  I was really looking forward to reading this book.  It was delivered to me on release day and I did a little happy dance.  I was hoping I would love it but you just never know until you delve in.

First off, I love the cover.  It is gorgeous.  Just look at it!  Love.  And the NY setting is perfect.  

Sara and Sam are two characters that I felt like I got to know in this book.  It wasn't loud, it wasn't forced, it just was.  Both Sara and Sam have stories that unfold and a connection that develops between them.  The story is told in one 24 hour period.  It's such a short amount of time but I really never felt like it was rushed or unbelievable.

I felt like I was on an adventure right along with Sara and Sam.  It was fun and thought provoking and touching.  The ending felt good but it definitely left the possibility of another book which I really hope happens.  I'd love to see Sara and Sam continue their see and find adventures.  Well, and if I'm being honest, I'd really like to see where their relationship goes.  :)  This book is exactly why I love reading so much.  

Here is one of my favorite quotes from the book.  "If you don't know what you want, you'll never get it.  What's more, if you don't know what you want, you'll never know when you do get it."

I'm super stoked because I get to go see Lisa Mangum this next week.  She is stopping by our city and I'm taking my book right over to have her sign it.  (another little happy dance)

You can buy After Hello at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.  And you totally should.  It was fantastic.

As far as content, there were a couple instances of mild swearing.

16 comments:

  1. I've been seeing this book around a couple of times now and I think I'm going to pick it up~ I love books that have love and adventure in them. It sounds like a lot of fun!

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    1. It was awesome. You should give it a go.

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  2. Thanks for the review! I'm still not sure if I really want to try the book out but I feel more inclined now that you spoke about their natural forming relationship. Natural bonding is difficult to pull off I think so it's great when a book delivers! Thanks for your input.

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  3. I'm not familiar with this book but it does sound like one my daughter would enjoy.

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  4. I saw the cover and HAD to read your review. It's so pretty! I like the idea of the book too. It's the kind of romance I like...organic. Character-driven. Sweet.

    C.J.
    Sarcasm&Lemons

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    1. I know. The cover alone deserves 5 stars. I hope you give this book a read. If you do, let me know what you think.

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  5. This sounds like a sweet book. I'm glad you loved it!

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  6. What a beautiful cover (I must add it to my Cover Love board on Pinterest!), and the premise of the book sounds utterly adorable, especially being set in New York. I've only ever been once (I live in Portugal) but it's one of my absolute favourite places in the world!

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    1. I've only been to NY once too but I loved it too! I want to go back and take my girls for a Broadway show or two! :)

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  7. Sounds exciting! I can't wait to read it!

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  8. I have been really excited to read this one! I am glad to hear how much you liked it... off to purchase it! :)

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