[593]: Hello? by Liza Wiemer

22663633 Hello? by Liza Wiemer
Stand-alone
E-ARC via Net Galley and Spencer Hill Contemporary
Publication Date: November 10, 2015
Young Adult Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


One HELLO? can change a life. One HELLO? can save a life.

Tricia: A girl struggling to find her way after her beloved grandma’s death.
Emerson: A guy who lives his life to fulfill promises, real and hypothetical.
Angie: A girl with secrets she can only express through poetry.
Brenda: An actress and screenplay writer afraid to confront her past.
Brian: A potter who sets aside his life for Tricia, to the detriment of both.

Linked and transformed by one phone call, Hello? weaves together these five Wisconsin teens’ stories into a compelling narrative of friendship and family, loss and love, heartbreak and healing, serendipity, and ultimately hope.

Told from all five viewpoints: narration (Tricia), narration (Emerson), free verse poetry (Angie), screenplay format (Brenda), narration and drawings (Brian).


Right from the get-go, this book tested my tolerance level. We see Tricia struggling to cope with the loss of her last living relative. We see her push away the only person who has been with her since day one. At first, I didn’t think I was going to get through it because I’m the type of reader who has a hard time connecting with a grieving, woeful character. But after a few swipe of my Kindle, I was hooked. So engrossed I was that I read this in one sitting. Well, practically.

HELLO FROM THE OTHER SIDE

On the night when Tricia was struggling to claw her way out of the abyss, she unlocked her father’s gun cabinet and decided to end it all. Desperate for a sign or a connection to her loved ones, she called her grandmother’s old cell phone number. Emerson answered. Haltingly, she told him about her state of mind when she called the number. By some divine intervention, Emerson was able to talk her off the ledge – so to speak. It was the life jacket that Tricia needed to save her from drowning.

SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION

There are three other simultaneous arches seamlessly connected to Tricia’s and Emerson’s stories. There’s Brian, of course. Tricia’s ex who have given it all to her but still couldn’t save their relationship. Then there’s Angie, Emerson’s girlfriend who have lived a double life trying to impress everyone for the wrong reasons. There’s Brenda, Angie’s best friend whose past has pretty much dictated her present and future, but the only way she could be happy is if she’ll confront her demons. All these stories make up the heartfelt brilliance of this book. At first, I was somewhat irritated by the number of points of view being thrown at me. But it didn’t take long for me to realize how vital each and everyone’s perspective were.

IN RETROSPECT

Most of us could learn a thing or two about life and love through this book. Miracles and divine providence may be hard to believe at times, but one should never lose hope. Lize Wiemer crafted a complete story with varying degrees of heartache and optimism. Absolutely love this!