Hello Now
From Carnegie Medal finalist Jenny Valentine comes a bold new story about love and second chances, perfect for fans of the popular film Sliding Doors and David Levithan's Every Day.Jude's life is upended when his mother loses her job and moves them to a little town by the sea to live with Henry Lake--an eccentric old man with rooms to rent. Henry is odd, the town is dull, and worst of all, Jude feels out of place and alone.So when Novo turns up in the house across the street, dressed all in black and looking unbearably handsome, Jude's summer takes an immediate turn for the better. But Novo isn't all that he seems to be--or maybe he's more than Jude can possibly understand. Novo is a time traveler, someone who wakes up in different places and at different points in time with utter regularity. He knows that each Now is fleeting, that each moment is only worth the energy it expends on itself, and that each experience he has will be lost to him before long. But Jude and Novo form a bond that shifts reality for both of them. Unlike anything he's ever experienced, Jude begins to question what forever really means--only to find out that Novo knows that forever isn't real. And when things go horribly wrong, he and Novo are faced with an impossible question that may change both of their lives irreparably--what is worth sacrificing for love?A stunningly written, compelling exploration of what it means to love and live in the moment that quite literally defies both logic and time.

Hello Now Details

TitleHello Now
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 3rd, 2020
PublisherPhilomel Books
ISBN-139780399546952
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, LGBT

Hello Now Review

  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    I legit have no idea what I just read and I think I liked it. Jude and Novo are interesting characters. Theyre instantly attached and the story of why slowly slowly sloooooooowly unfolds. Henry was the most compelling character for me and theres a definite reason why. Plot wise, I dont know. There are a lot of descriptions that Im guessing are supposed to be whimsical and filled with magic and to me they were a bit pretentious. It was loads of inner monologue, a bit of gibberish, and nothing was I legit have no idea what I just read and I think I liked it. Jude and Novo are interesting characters. They’re instantly attached and the story of why slowly slowly sloooooooowly unfolds. Henry was the most compelling character for me and there’s a definite reason why. Plot wise, I don’t know. There are a lot of descriptions that I’m guessing are supposed to be whimsical and filled with magic and to me they were a bit pretentious. It was loads of inner monologue, a bit of gibberish, and nothing was completely clear, yet somehow it all works in a weird fashion. Overall, it was a quick read and something I’ll likely be thinking about for a while. **Huge thanks to Philomel Books for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    "Why do we always want something to last forever just because it's good?" Novo said. "Why can't it being good be enough?"Thanks to Edelweiss+ & Philomel books (Penguin Publishing) for an arc of this fascinating novel! It certainly delivered some magic into my life!The writing in this story is really captivating! It has this ethereal & enchanting quality to it that really pulls you in. It's been a while since I've read anything time travel related but I found this story and these "Why do we always want something to last forever just because it's good?" Novo said. "Why can't it being good be enough?"Thanks to Edelweiss+ & Philomel books (Penguin Publishing) for an arc of this fascinating novel! It certainly delivered some magic into my life!The writing in this story is really captivating! It has this ethereal & enchanting quality to it that really pulls you in. It's been a while since I've read anything time travel related but I found this story and these characters to be gorgeously written and the story maintained it's magic throughout. I feel like a lot of time travel themed stories you come to expect the sadness and doomed outcome of the characters, but I felt like Hello Now really intertwined the hope and the importance of our nows. Together and separately.If you're looking for love and magic and the possibility of impossible things, then I definitely recommend you to add this gem of a story to your to-read list! I have a feeling I'll read this a time or two again to soak up any residual magic I missed the first time. ✨
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  • Starr ❇✌❇
    January 1, 1970
    I received a DRC from Edelweiss1.8Normally I start my reviews with a quick synopsis of the book, but I can't do that with Hello Now because I genuinely cannot tell you what this book was. It involves time magic, and romance, and... nope, that's it.The characters in the book are not characters. They are languishing poems set out on an otherwise empty page. They are despondent letters pushed together, until you can trick yourself into seeing faces in them, if you squint hard enough. Just like I received a DRC from Edelweiss1.8Normally I start my reviews with a quick synopsis of the book, but I can't do that with Hello Now because I genuinely cannot tell you what this book was. It involves time magic, and romance, and... nope, that's it.The characters in the book are not characters. They are languishing poems set out on an otherwise empty page. They are despondent letters pushed together, until you can trick yourself into seeing faces in them, if you squint hard enough. Just like there is not clear plot, only vague elements, there is only a vague sensation that these characters have thoughts and feelings that are not "time is a thing, I guess" and "being pretentious".I truly do believe that there was a story concept in this book somewhere, but I cannot point it out to you. I'm sure if this were instead a 15 page short story I could pin it down, and it would probably be really interesting! But instead this book is more akin to sticking your face into a cloud and then thinking about two people hypothetically falling in love, but having no characteristics of their own.This book only gets points for me, because the writing style itself is really nice. It's lush, it's thoughtful, it made me think I'd really enjoy this book. Let's hope the next thing Jenny Valentine writes has more dimension, and a clearer plot, because I'd like her words to make me feel something other than confusion and an acute disappointment.
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  • talia
    January 1, 1970
    Jenny Valentines prose is gorgeous and vivid, but on the whole I found this story confusing and abrupt. I loved the opening few chapters, but beyond that I wished that the short parts were longer and the long parts were shorter. Jenny Valentine’s prose is gorgeous and vivid, but on the whole I found this story confusing and abrupt. I loved the opening few chapters, but beyond that I wished that the short parts were longer and the long parts were shorter.
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    Queer content: m/mSupposed to be romantic and lyrical but it's actually really creepy and unhealthy
  • Elena Mijares
    January 1, 1970
    I would LOVE to see this book turned into a movie!
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