Book Rate: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)
Hello? was good. Hello? is one of those books right there in the middle, the perfect definition of “a good book”, “a nice book”.
Liza Wiemer created characters with very interesting backgrounds but very dull personalities. The way their pats intertwined and changed their futures was very well done, I can surely say the plot was really gripping from this point of view.
And the writing style? Oh, the writing style! I loved how each character had a specific writing style that represented their personality so incredibly. Excellent result!
My main problem with Hello? was the characters’ personalities… They all had this amazing stories and they all sounded very empty for someone who is overcoming their past and the fears that come with it… They all forgave in a heartbeat, like nothing had meaning, and they all moved on so all of a sudden! I didn’t feel comfortable reading about them, they didn’t strike me as strong characters when they should have, after all they’ve overcome just by themselves.
I have mixed feelings about this book and I’m not sure until what point would I recommend it… Maybe if you’re looking for a story that will thake your mind off something going on in your life, something creative but not life changing or mind blowing. Just an imaginative and different read.
- Plot ★★★☆☆
- Characters ★★★☆☆
- Writing ★★★★☆
- Pacing ★★★☆☆
- Cover ★★★★☆
Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):
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.
Page Count: 400