Book Signing Tour : Jennifer E. Smith & Jasmine Warga in PH

National Book Store is bringing another duo of bestselling authors to the Philippines as they host book signing events with Jennifer E. Smith and Jasmine Warga. The first event is going to be held in The Gallery at Ayala Center Cebu on November 11, 2017 at 1 p.m., and the second in the Samsung Hall at SM Aura Premier on November 12, 2017 at 2 p.m.

Here are the information or guidelines you need to know before you attend the book signings

1. Registration starts at 10:00 am for both events.
2. Each participant may have up to three books signed for each author (i.e. three Jennifer E. Smith books, three Jasmine Warga books).
3. Each participant may only register once. They will be given a signing pass and a stamp mark on their hand as proof of their registration.
4. Only books purchased from NBS, NBS Express, and Powerbooks will be accommodated. Please present either the official receipt or price tag of the books. Other merchandise (e.g. t-shirts, posters, journals, etc.) will not be signed.
5. Participants aged 17 and below may have one (1) parent / guardian accompany them inside Samsung Hall. However, only the child will go up on stage for the signing and photo op.
6. NBS will take every effort to get as many books signed as possible. However, should there be an excessive number of guests, NBS reserves the right to limit the number of copies per guest or limit the number of guests in line.

1. Participants will be called in batches based on their signing pass numbers.
2. Official photographers will take your photo with the author/s using your smartphone, camera, or tablet.
3. No selfies with or video greetings by the author/s will be allowed.

* PR courtesy of National Book Store

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between

“It’s true that the world is full of signs. They just mean different things to different people.”

On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they’ll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night will lead them to friends and family, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

This new must-read novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that must be made when life and love lead in different directions.

Personal Thoughts:

I love Jennifer E. Smith. I’ve met her before during her visit her in Manila and she is really a sweetheart. I adore her and enjoyed her previous works but unfortunately Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between is a different story.

Unlike with her previous novels, Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between is not about taking chances and serendipity. No more cute meet-ups or getting to know each other stage, instead we have two people trying to figure out where their relationship is going. The characters here are trying to deal with real and difficult relationship issues which really sound mature compare to Smith’s previous work but somehow didn’t work very well for me.

As much as I like stories that are set in short period of time like this one, the whole plot of overnight adventure and taking the path to the memory lane is not enough. This whole trip of Aidan and Clare is not also as fun as I thought it would be. Mainly because Aidan and Clare as a couple are not so much fun in this trip. They are both worried of what will they become after the twelve hours trip.

“Maybe the world isn’t full of signs so much as its full of people trying to use whatever evidence they can find to convince themselves of what they hope to be true.”

I did like Clare in the beginning of this novel simply because I see myself in her being logical and practical that she is. But somewhere along the way she started to sound pessimistic and afraid. She don’t want to take chances and take risk which for me is just plain cowardice. Just like the way she is dragging the breakup. I know twelve hours is a short time in reality but since this whole story of Aidan and Clare is basically set in those hours, it feels longer for readers which is in turn feels like a long wait for Aidan too. Clare is already decided before the twelve hours trip but she still drag the breakup.

I think this book will only work for two type of readers, those who can relate to the characters and their situation, and to those who don’t mind reading stories that nothing much happens. This whole story of Aidan and Clare overnight adventure is nothing but a short phase of two people in a relationship. Nonetheless, it’s a an enjoyable short read that is beautifully written.

Book Signing Tour : Jennifer E. Smith & Lissa Price in PH

Jennifer E Smith & Lissa Price in PH

Jennifer E. Smith and Lissa Price Book Signing Tour

Frequently Asked Questions

When and where are the book signings?
September 19, 6:00 pm, at The Northwing Atrium, SM Cebu
September 20, 2:00 pm, at the Level 1 Atrium, SM Aura Premier

When will the registration be?
Registration opens at 10:00 am on September 19 at The Northwing Atrium, SM Cebu and 10:00 am on September 20 at the Level 1 Atrium, SM Aura Premier. Each guest will be asked to fill out the registration form upon arrival. Separate registrations for each event is required should you wish to attend both events. First come, first served.

Is there a registration fee?
No. There is no registration fee.

How many books can I have signed? Is there a limit as to how many people can have their books signed?
You may have any number of books signed as long as they were purchased from National Book Store, Bestsellers or Powerbooks, and we do not have any preset limit as to the number of people.

However, although we will take every effort to get as many books signed as possible, depending on the number of attendees, we reserve the right to limit the number of copies per person or limit the number of people in line. First come, first served.

Can I bring old books or other editions of the books?
Yes, as long as the books were purchased from National Book Store, Bestsellers and Powerbooks.

Do I need to buy on-site?
No. You can buy books before or during the event.

Can I have other items signed?
No. Only books will be allowed to be signed by the authors.

Can we have our photo taken with the author?
Yes, you can have your photo with the author when she signs your book. However, we strictly allow one photo per person only.

How much are the books?
Jennifer E. Smith Titles
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (Trade Paperback – P365)
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (Hardcover – P729)
This is What Happy Looks Like (Trade Paperback – P399)
This is What Happy Looks Like (Hardcover – P699)
The Geography of You and Me (Trade Paperback – P399)
The Geography of You and Me (Hardcover – P699)

Lissa Price Titles
Starters (Trade Paperback – P349)
Enders (Trade Paperback – P495)
Enders (Hardcover – P625)

See you all PH Booknerds soon!

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

The Geography of You and Me

“When there was nothing but space between you, everything felt like a leap.”

Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they’re rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen’s relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and — finally — a reunion in the city where they first met.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith’s new novel shows that the center of the world isn’t necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.

Personal Thoughts:

If you’ve been following this blog for quite some time, you know very well how much I love contemporary novels with travel story on it. Most of contemporary novels that end-up in my favorite list are those stories that take me to different continents or places. I love exploring different countries and cultures both in reading and real life. So it’s no surprise that Jennifer E. Smith latest book is a must read for me. Just by knowing the title, I automatically added the book to my list of most anticipated books.

As I expected, The Geography of You and Me is a enjoyable read, not only because of the different places it explores but also because of the sweet and lovely story it tells.

Lucy and Owen meets by chance when they accidentally get stuck in the elevator. Few hours together resulted to friendship and something more. But after the black out that bring them together they both find themselves travelling to opposite directions. At first they tried to communicate via postcards but life apart is a totally different story.

“How long could a single night really be expected to last? How far could you stretch such a small collection of minutes? He was just a boy on a roof. She was just a girl in an elevator.”

Lucy and Owen are both shy characters but somehow managed to tell a story of love that will surely make readers feel.

Their love story is sweet and adorable. But more than their romantic story what really resonate to me is their individual journey. Not only because I enjoyed reading about the places they visited but mostly because the individual growth it brought them.

Lucy and Owen both have individual family issues that they have to face in their own. The gradual growth of their family relationship is well handled. It’s so easy to put dramas around these characters but Im glad that the author didn’t go for that route.

“But there’s no such thing as a completely fresh start. Everything new arrives on the heels of something old, and every beginning comes at the cost of an ending.”

Another thing that I like in the story is how the characters take actions about their feelings. That even fate brought them together, they still make their own choices in the end. It reminds me of the line from the korean movie, My Sassy Girl which says, “Fate is building a bridge of chance for someone you love.” I love that line because as much as I believe in fate, I also believe that we are the one who make them.

Overall, The Geography of You and Me is a sweet and feel good read. Jennifer E. Smith successfully weaved another magical but realistic story of chance encounters with travel adventures like her first book.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

“Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?”

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. She’s stuck at JFK, late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s in seat 18C. Hadley’s in 18A.

Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.

Personal Thoughts:

Love at first sight – is that thing really exist? I don’t know how many people out there believe in it but I am sure that I am not one of them. Call me a pessimist, unromantic or anything you like but I won’t believe it until it happen to me. So why I took the chance reading this book if I know that I won’t buy the story as real? First, the blogosphere is raving so much about this book, most of my book lovers’ friends keep pushing me to read this one since early January. Second, the title doesn’t only say Love at First Sight there is also Statistical Probability which my mind first interpret as mathematics and as everyone know I love math. If I am not aware with this book, I might expect it to have graphs and mathematical equations like An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. And lastly, the story is set over a one day period which I usually enjoy reading.

“Love is the strangest, most illogical thing in the world.”

When I am reading the prologue I am complete sold by the way it was written.  Third person present tense is not something usual in my reading experience so it is a bit of fresh air. The prologue reminds me of a scene from a tagalog-movie (sorry I can’t remember the title) wherein the main character, John Loyd Cruz is doing a sales talk about how one moment can change everything. And he is also talking about love which makes the scene and this book get the same vibe. Anyway, getting back to the book, the story surprisingly not just about what the title suggest, because more than the romance between Hadley and Oliver, this book is also about Hadley’s relationship with her father.

On her way to attend her father’s wedding in London, Hadley missed her flight by four minutes. She settled on getting the next flight and while waiting on her trip she met Oliver, a British young man who is also on his way to London via the same flight. During the seven hour flight they talk about almost anything, from book, family, school to marriage beliefs. By the time they land and have to go separate ways Hadley can’t help but hope they’ll see each other again.

“It’s not the changes that will break your heart; it’s that tug of familiarity.”

As I said, this book is not just about love, in fact the Love at First Sight scene wasn’t the major event of the story. There were more serious issues like divorce, death, and forgiveness. Hadley and her father are going through a lot and that is the most interesting part of the book for me. How Hadley get into terms with her father. Her father who leaves her and her mom when he falls in love to a British woman during his stay in London for work. Oliver’s issue with his father is also interesting topic but unfortunately the story doesn’t dwell much on it. I would love to see that part developed, giving Oliver’s a proper closure to his father’s death and their family issues. There’s a lot of potential to it that I think if developed well will add more arc to the story.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a quick and fun read. Though it is fairly predictable it is still sweet and enjoyable. It doesn’t give any formula or calculations about the probability of love at first sight nor explains true love, but it will make you believe that love happens in the most unexpected way possible.