After Hello.

Author:Sondhi, Alicia
Position:Book review - Young adult review

Lisa Mangum (author); AFTER HELLO; Shadow Mountain (Children's: Young Adult Fiction) 17.99 ISBN: 9781609070106

Byline: Alicia Sondhi

The rush of New York City is the perfect backdrop for this sweet, young-adult story about the beauty and consequences of what happen after "Hello."

When Sara spots Sam, she can't help snapping his picture with her ever-present camera. The two become involved with the impossible task of finding the perfect piece of art for a temperamental actress. As they race through New York, Sam and Sarah's connection grows, and as the walls between them break down, they slowly learn about each other -- and themselves.

The story is told in alternating viewpoints, giving readers perspective into both teens. The two main characters are fully, realistically imagined by best-selling author Lisa Mangum with complex histories, personalities, and mannerisms. Readers can imagine the nervous way Sara hides behind her sunglasses, and also understand why she feels the need to do so. Similarly, the tragedy of Sam's past speaks to his restless character.

The "after hello" premise takes on tremendous significance throughout the book. As the teens get closer, they both experience the fear, vulnerability, and ultimately the happiness that comes from being honest and...

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