[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 myย 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!

  • This book sounds really interesting. I always like those stories that somehow manage to weave together separate stories that at first don’t seem at all connected. It makes me think of a movie that was pretty popular about 10 years back called Crash. I think I’ll have to snag this the next time I’m at the library.

  • Oh – I like the sound of this and I love what you said about the author and: “Miracles and divine providence may be hard to believe at times, but one should never lose hope.” Yes, yes!! I’m glad this one worked out and ended up being a surprise read to love, Joy ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I have seen this one around, and it does sound pretty great. Happy to hear it was a good read for you. I will put it on my someday list for sure-thanks!

  • And now Adele is singing in my head. Damn, I’ve already marked this as a must read, but I think bumping it up to a ‘must read now’ is the way to go.

  • The more reviews keep rolling in for Hello, the more I want this book. Tricia definitely sounds like a character I would have a hard time dealing with, (I’ve been so impatient with characters these days lol) but I’m so damn intrigued by all of the different point of views. I love reading from multiple perspectives, and since I’ve been hearing that it was well executed, this title will be another one I pick up on it’s release ๐Ÿ™‚

  • -cue Adele-

  • Stunning review Joy ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m so glad that you enjoyed this one so much. <3 I don't think I would like all the point of views.. but you make the rest of the book seem pretty amazing ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for sharing about it sweetie. <3

  • This one really does sound really good! Like Jeann said, I don’t mind multiple pops (as long as it’s like two) if it’s three, I’m hitting the road! I don’t mind a grieving character so long as they learn something from that period of sadness and it goes towards their character development in the end and he or she becomes stronger in the process. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • I don’t actually mind a lot of multiple povs, as long as they’re relatively simple to follow and that there’s a point to them. It sounds like it was done well in this one Joy!

  • shootingstarsmag

    I keep reading good reviews for this one. I’m happy to hear you loved it as well, even if you weren’t sure at first. I do want to read this one!

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

  • Nicole Hewitt

    I’ve seen so many amazing reviews of this one – you’ve all convinced me!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  • This sounds so interesting! Everyone who’s read this seems to love it. I may need to pick it up. Love the song titles as part of the review!

  • I definitely can’t wait to read this one. I’ve been reading great reviews for the last few weeks, it seems. Great review!

  • Seen some great reviews for this one – glad it has the Joy stamp of approval!

  • kindlemom1

    I’m so excited you liked this, I was really hoping you would! Yay!

  • I have been seeing some very outstanding reviews for this one like this review itself, so I do already have it on my TBR. I am glad that all the POVs worked so well for the book here and all contributed to it. I am glad that it is really a book which can teach us something about emotions and life. It seems like it could be a pretty emotional one to read as well.

  • this book has so much wonderful hype i am a bit scared to read it, but i have been wanting to. The style of writing has left me curious

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    So glad to hear you loved this too Joy, it’s getting amazing reviews! Normally I shy away from anything that has multiple POVs, but it’s clearly done really well in this case so I know I’ll be fine with it. Gorgeous review:)

  • Jazmen

    I keep hearing great things about this book, I can’t wait to pick it up next year.

  • Oh, interesting! From the title and the rather colorful cover, I didn’t think that this was the type of book to pull your heartstrings. But it sounds pretty heartfelt and I’m interested to know how their stories will connect to each other and how their character dynamics will go. Consider me sold ๐Ÿ˜€

    Faye at The Social Potato

  • I do wonder how I would like it, the 5 pov sets of writing that is