Tricia: A girl struggling to find her way after her beloved grandma’s death.
Emerson: A guy who lives his life to fulfill promises, real and hypothetical.
Angie: A girl with secrets she can only express through poetry.
Brenda: An actress and screenplay writer afraid to confront her past.
Brian: A potter who sets aside his life for Tricia, to the detriment of both.
Linked and transformed by one phone call, Hello? weaves together these five Wisconsin teens’ stories into a compelling narrative of friendship and family, loss and love, heartbreak and healing, serendipity, and ultimately hope.
Told from all five viewpoints: narration (Tricia), narration (Emerson), free verse poetry (Angie), screenplay format (Brenda), narration and drawings (Brian)
*ARC received from the author. This does not affect my review or opinion*
Hello? is a unique novel about the power of human connection, complete with lyrical writing, a brilliant cast, and those heartbreaking moments found only in the best of literature. The unflinching honestly of Hello? will make you laugh, cry, and be inspired. One of my favorite reads this year.
When done right, I adore multiple POVs in novels, and Liza has clearly mastered this. The stories of five teens are woven together to create a heartbreaking, beautiful novel. The farther you get into this novel, the more intertwined their stories become. One of the main challenges I tend to have with novels that involve multiple perspectives is that it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish them, but this is not the case for Hello? Not only do the five protagonists have distinct voices, but the unique formatting also allows the reader to flip through the chapters without any confusion.
There are some novels out there that are just so rare and perfect that it can be difficult to describe how beautiful they are. Hello? is one of them. More than anything, Hello? will make you feel. Joy, anger, frustration, sorrow, disappointment–these are all emotions you will explore as you walk in the shoes of these characters. All of the characters have their own personal successes and failures, but you will be rooting for them the entire time.
Brian, Tricia, Emerson, Angie and Brenda–these are the five protagonists of Hello? They are all in their senior year of high school and have different plans for the the future. Brenda is going to NYC to study theatre and Emerson is off to university, but not everyone is so sure of what their futures hold. None of the characters are perfect. They make mistakes and they fail, but that’s part of life. They are all searching for their place in the world, and are hoping for things to get better.
From the moment that Tricia called her deceased grandmother’s phone number and Emerson picked up, it was almost as if these characters were destined to come into each other’s lives. I loved reading about the relationships between these teens, and the way that that fate brought them together. Their stories were so fascinating, so real.
Liza’s writing is beautiful. The vocabulary and phrasing is lovely, yes, but it’s more than that. There’s something about her style that makes you think, really think, about life, about the power of the human connection. This is a character-driven story, and the writing really enhances this element. I adored it.
Hello? is a beautifully written novel about love, loss and the journey of self-discovery. A powerful coming-of-age story, Hello? is certain to please. Hello, book. I love you.