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Hello Now by Jenny Valentine

Hello Now

Jenny Valentine

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Category: Children's
Imprint: HarperCollins
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 2 Apr 2020
ISBN: 9780007466498

A beautifully moving, exquisite and utterly original love story from Carnegie-shortlisted author Jenny Valentine - for 12+ girls, boys, and everything in between.

  • The Sunday TimesChildren's Book of the Week
4 stars out of 5
Nicolette Jones
10 May 2020

"This extraordinary novel will resonate for anyone who feels trapped in their current circumstances"

At first it seems to be about teenage Jude, who, after her mother’s relationship ends, moves to a scruffy seaside house with a sitting tenant. Then it turns into a love story with a strange boy who lives outside normal time. With him, the everyday is heightened and idealised, and Jude learns to appreciate being in the moment while experiencing the grand passion of her life. The language shifts with their shared magical narrative from down-to-earth realism to the lyrical, abstract and philosophical. The sitting tenant, an elderly man who can’t go outdoors, has magical secrets too, while Jude has lessons to learn and a heart-rending choice to make.