Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith
It's the night before Aidan and Clare leave for college on opposite coasts, and they have 12 hours to decide their fate -- do they break up, or do they stay together and try the long-distance thing?
They spend this last night together, visiting spots around town that have meaning in their relationship. They meet up with friends and family along the way, who all have their own opinions about whether or not they should stay together.
This is a real dilemma, faced by many high school sweethearts every summer. Those of us who have been in that position will remember being told how "high school relationships never last" and "long distance never works," but Jennifer E. Smith handles the topic with sensitivity and nuance, going beyond these stereotypes.
Reading this was almost painfully real for me at times. I've been through nights like this more than once -- both when I went away to college and then when my then-boyfriend did (I hope it's not a spoiler to say that he's now my husband!)
Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between in on order, so put a hold on it today. While you're waiting, be sure to check out Jennifer E. Smith's earlier novels. Readers may also enjoy other contemporary YA authors, such as Sarah Dessen, Huntley Fitzpatrick, and Deb Caletti (note that Caletti has also published several novels for adults).