Sunday, 9 December 2012

After Hello by Lisa Mangum

After Hello
Blurb (from Goodreads):
What if the first day of your relationship was the only day you had?

Seventeen-year-old Sara is a seeker. She’s always on the lookout for the perfect moment to capture with her ever-present, point-and-shoot camera, especially on her first trip to New York City.

Sam is a finder. He has a knack for finding what other people can’t—a first-edition book or the last two tickets to a sold-out Broadway show. In New York, there is always something interesting to find.

When Sam and Sara’s paths cross, neither one of them is prepared for what they will find out about each other—and about themselves when they form an unlikely partnership in search of a seemingly elusive work of art. They have one day to find the impossible. Fate brought their talents together, but what happens when time runs out? Will love be able to overcome fate? This new novel from award-winning author Lisa Mangum explores what happens after hello.

After Hello by Lisa Mangum

My rating: 5 out of 10 stars

After Hello(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Deseret Book and Netgalley.)
Sara is in New York with her father. He has a meeting, trying to sell his website to some other guys, and she’s waiting to have lunch with him and go sightseeing. Her dad cancels though – he’s still in his meeting, so Sara boldly follows a guy (Sam) who comes out of a bookstore wearing a hoodie with her favourite band’s name on it.

They begin talking, and Sara finds out that Sam is good at locating things, and he also likes to trade. He says he can get hold of anything he wants, and Sara goes along with him to drop off the book that he had located for a client.

The client turns out to be a famous actress, and Sara somehow finds herself saddled with a quest to find an original, signed piece of artwork to hang above her fireplace, by the end of the day. If she doesn’t, she will fire her assistant (who is Sam’s brother.)

Can Sara get what the actress wants and save Sam’s brother’s job? And how will Sara feel about Sam when the day is over?

This is the kind of book where you are thrown right into the story, and you then find out about the characters as the story progresses, and as they get to know each other.

Sara had the problem that her father didn’t spend much time with her because of his business, and she never understood why her mother left her. Sam was living in New York with his brother, following an incident back at home that changed his life, and the life of four of his friends.
Sam and Sara told each other their stories, and opened up to each other, which seemed to be therapeutic for both of them.

The blurb for this book speaks about a ‘relationship’ between the two characters, but I felt that their relationship was just friendship until right at the very end. This book doesn’t really come across as a romance in my opinion, but focuses more on Sam’s ‘trading’, and Sara’s relationship with her father.

There is also something about Sara being a ‘seeker’ and Sam being a ‘finder’, which makes the story sound a lot different to what it really is. Sara is in fact an amateur photographer, who likes to find a beautiful picture, while Sam is in fact more of a trader – he trades things with people for stuff that he wants, or more frequently, what other people want.
I really dislike blurbs sometimes!

I thought that the idea of this book was good, but the actual story itself was only okay. I disliked that we didn’t really know much about Sara or Sam to begin with, and their ‘quest’ to find the artwork was a little lack-lustre. I really didn’t feel the romance angle either, and the ending was a little heart breaking.

Overall; this was an interesting day in the life of two teens, but certainly not one of my favourites.
5 out of 10.



  1. I know! Blurbs can be very misleading.

  2. That kind of sucks that the idea of the book was better than it actualized.

  3. I passed because of the cover. I know so wrong but look you scored it 5 of 10 so I wasn't so wrong was I???