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After Hello

I really enjoyed After Hello, a book about two teens who meet in New York City and fall in love. Both are complex characters with problems, who are trying to move forward. They have just one day to really connect with each other, and both must reveal their pasts in order to begin to heal. I loved the idea of trading, and how they were able to help each other and others and get to the desired outcome by trading. Throughout the day, Sam and Sara meet many interesting people who share their wisdom with them. Aces, a homeless artist, tells them, “Passion is what makes the world go round. Passion is what drives us to be better than we are. Passion is what makes our emotions — whether love or hate or laughter — ignite and blaze into life.” Vanessa, another artist, tells Sara, “Ah, but art and trouble go hand in hand. If you cannot be troubled to create art from your heart, then your art will never trouble the hearts of others.”