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The Best Part of Hello

A Young Adult Novel
Narrated by: Sarah Sampino
Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Some people just can't stand each other. Kayla and Evan are definitely some of those people. 

It's annoying enough that they are plane partners and have to sit next to each other through the entire flight to Italy for their senior class trip, but things go from bad to worse when their plane makes an emergency stop. Their lives unexpectedly change as soon as Kayla follows Evan into a dark corridor and, right after, things just escalate from worse to tragic. 

“I won't begin to suggest that I know what you're feeling, but I know what it feels like to love someone who doesn't love you back.” 

To add icing to Kayla’s wretched cake, she finds out that that Ben, her perfect boyfriend, isn’t so perfect after all and has been hiding a basket full of dirty secrets from her. Dead set on getting back at him, she turns to the only person she thinks who is just as hurt as her and crazy enough to sign up and play along with her plan - Evan.  

“Be my fake boyfriend, Evan Winters. I promise never to love you, care for you or...well...you get the idea.” 

But they’re just pretending. Except when one of them is suddenly isn’t.... 

A freak storm, stolen chickens, a language barrier, and a big adventure. The senior trip of their life. But will they ever be the same people once they go back?   

Find out in this unexpected romantic comedy that has Kayla and Evan butting heads as they meet interesting people, end up in jail, learn valuable lessons, and experience heartaches, and new beginnings - together.

©2018 BLVNP Incorporated (P)2019 Hollie Armstrong

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Very enjoyable

Let me preface by saying that I am not a young adult, but nonetheless, I truly enjoyed this book. Tapping into the emotions from my teenage years, I felt Kayla’s desolation in finding out her boyfriend had betrayed her. I remembered the annoyance of that one boy who irritated to no end and wishing he would just disappear. I also felt the disappointment of a long-awaited for class trip to Europe, thwarted by disaster.

(The Mom in me read anxiously, wondering when those children would be able to get word to their parents that they were safe.)

In the meantime, … there was a whole lot of shenanigans happening during an emergency situation - no food, outside contact or real medical treatment.

I liked how the writer, Holly Armstrong, developed the relationship between the two adversaries, Kayla and Evan. Slowly, they began to trust one another, understand each other and form a bond. I don’t want to say too much and give away any spoilers but there were times when I grew a little frustrated and sad for the two of them. The Best Part of Hello is a romance, so you know there has to be a happy ending but when it finally happened, it came all too abruptly, making me wish for just a little bit more. For only this reason, I gave the book four stars. I felt it warranted an epilogue. After all the angst, I wanted to know what became of them five or ten years later.

I won a copy of the audiobook in a Goodreads giveaway. I absolutely adored the narrator. Sarah Sampino did a fabulous job with the various male and female voices as well as how she enacted the story.




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  • Sandra
  • Wilson,Texas Usa
  • 04-19-19

good book!

i loved this book kayla and evan hate each other but have to come together as one disaster after another have them realizing they need to work together to get thru everything they encounter while being in a foreign country kayla realizes she acutally doesn't hate him after all ! great book and narration

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Surviving a storm

This was the first story I have had the opportunity to read by Hollie Armstrong and I enjoyed the young adult romance. It is a sweet enemies to lovers story that has a lot of twists and turns.

I listened to the book and Sarah Sampino's voice suited the young characters perfectly. She moves smoothly between characters.

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Good clean YA

This was a good sweet YA read. The characters were likeable and believable as teenagers. I enjoyed watching Kayla grow and learn. It had the sweetness of a friends to lovers romance.

They went through a lot and dealt with some difficult situations in the beginning. They went through that surprisingly well and proved to be mature and relatively level headed in an emergency situation.

Sarah Sampino gave a wonderful performance, it was easy to tell the characters apart.
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Transcends the tropes

Enemies to lovers is one of my favorite tropes, and this book transcends the usual bickering found in these types of stories. The precarious situation they are in gives them bigger problems to worry about than being stuck together. I really liked the characters, and the narrator did an excellent job with all the voices and accents. She has a strong, clear voice, and her male voices are also very believable and honestly kind of sexy as well.

I enjoyed the build up of the romance, which was accomplished through deeds and time spent together rather than lust. I found that I didn't miss the charged tension and barbs being flung back and forth that makes up the bulk of many love/hate stories. This one snuck up on me with emotion, and I felt their connection and yearning. I got the impression that it had been a lot longer for Evan while Kayla had been oblivious. I would have liked to find out exactly how their animosity began.

The only problem I had with this book was the odd choice to skip ahead sometimes and then go back and explain what happened. I think the story would have flowed better if the author would have kept it all in sequence. I'm also torn between loving the ending with its sexy and emotional impact and wanting more beyond that point after waiting so long for it.

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Entertaining

I enjoyed the book very much but did feel that it was longer than what it needed to be. The characters were well thought out and believable. This was not my typical read but well worth the listen.

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Gripping

Who ever thought a simple school trip would lead to so much. I really enjoyed this story and the evolution the characters were able to make. Bonding over traumatic events. Changing hate to love. Sarah Sampino did a great job on the narration for this story.

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Entertaining, good narration

Interesting and entertaining story. The narrator did a good job and I’d recommend listening. I do wish there was more with the disaster scenario and a lot more of an ending. It ends fine, but is way too short after having to wait so long. I was loving the whole trapped because of a massive storm scenario; it added an interesting layer to the story between the characters. I liked the main characters for the most part and felt they were written well. Kayla is a little neurotic, but she has a big heart. These are teens so they do some stupid things sometimes, I was extremely disappointed with some of Evan’s actions; the club situation and his friendship with the girl that sleeps around. His actions made the feelings not seem as deep as I would have liked and his excuses weren’t up to par, but I still liked him. I liked the banter between Kayla and Evan; they have both had animosity towards the other, but mainly because they are both hard headed. It was great to see their friendship grow. Overall, entertaining story that didn’t quite go my favorite route, but was still an enjoyable story.

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The Best Part of Hello

3.5 Stars rounded up for the story
5 Stars for the narration- Sarah Sampino was excellent

This book was different than what I was expecting. The storyline was unique with it focusing on a group of teens getting through a natural disaster in a foreign country. Kayla goes through a lot on this trip and she finds friendship from an unexpected source, Ethan, the boy next door who has never been a friend until she needs one most.

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Wasn’t sure where it was going and then

When this story started I was not sure if the storm would last forever and be the whole book. I’m glad it wasn’t. I’m happy to see the two main characters come out of the storm, figuratively and literally.

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  • Julie D
  • 05-17-19

Good story

I enjoyed listening to this story. Evan and Kayla don’t really like each other.... or do they? The storm while they are on their school trip brings all of the students together in a way they don’t expect. Kayla’s boyfriend and Evans girlfriend... well... they’re not nice. The plan to pay them back goes forward, but when they return home... things change in a way they don’t deal with well.

I love the way the story develops and the characters as well. It’s my first Hollie Armstrong listen/read... but it probably won’t be the last.

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  • Mary Grace Shelton
  • 05-16-19

Background Noise

This was the first book I have listened to that I could truly hear background noise, other than the narrator herself. Birds, doors and other noises. The rest of the narration was good. Enough differences in the voices that you could tell who was talking most of the time.

Some of the airport scenes seemed a little far fetched for me, since this is a contemporary with teens. I did absolutely love all the little almost hidden meanings behind several different scenes and events within the book.

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  • bluepits73
  • 05-15-19

A Cute YA Story

A clean YA romance. The characters are likeable and relatable, especially for that age group. I really enjoyed watching the characters grow into their feelings and learn how to deal with tough situations. This seemed kind of like it was written as an enemies to lovers but felt more like a friends to lovers romance. Well written sweet story!

I have listened to a couple of this narrator's performances and have been impressed with each of them. She gave an excellent performance for this book as well and was able to exhibit the various emotions the characters go through.

I received a review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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  • Janet V.
  • 05-14-19

Finding love through a disaster....

This was an interesting listen. It’s definitely the first time I’ve listened/read anything like it.

Kayla and Evan are neighbors and pretty much grew up next to each other, but they can’t stand each other. When they go on a class trip, disaster strikes and these two become unlikely allies. I enjoy a enemies to lovers story and these two are just that.

Sarah Sampino did an excellent job narrating. I think she was a perfect fit for Kayla.

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  • Christy D
  • 04-29-19

The Best Part of Hello

Kayla starts this trip off having to sit on the plane next to her neighbor Evan, who she thinks she hates. Shortly after an emergency landing due to weather, she finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her. And they are stuck in this airport due to a storm for an undermined time.They never make their destination and are stuck in Europe for an extended amount of time due to storm damage. Evan becomes her best confident and friend. Her only fear is will this continue when they return home. Great job with the narration by Sarah Sampino.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-21-19

Brilliant & Entertaining!

I really enjoyed this book! The narration really made the story come to life. Brava!

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  • Ginger
  • 04-19-19

Interesting school trip experience

The Best Part of Hello, written by Hollie Armstrong and narrated by Sarah Sampino.
Hollie did a great job in the development of the characters, while Sarah takes the listener through there experience on a not so pleasant school trip to Italy. This Young Adult, coming of age, hate to love romance was well worth the time to listen, Sarah did a great job telling the story, where Kayla Burns finds that the dislike she originally felt for her long time neighbor Evan Winter is now something else entirely.

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  • Nat 🎧AudiobookObsession
  • 04-18-19

The Best Part of Hello

This was a roller coaster ride of emotions. I can't imagine going through everything these kids went through and not being more traumatized. If fact I feel like a lot of the feelings they should have been having were down played a bit especially considering the circumstances that they were in. Literally dealing with a life or death situation for DAYS with no medical or outside help, and then going on about their business once it was done was a bit hard to believe. Kayla seemed to be more effected once she was home then she was in the middle of it all happening.

I love the dynamic between Kayla and Evan, the hate to love, enemies to friends and more. I dont think I would have been as forgiving as Evan was. Especially since it was hinted at that maybe his home life was more traumatic then we knew about.

The audio performance by Sarah Sampino was really well done. I enjoyed the different accents and being able to distinguish each character clearly.

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  • Annette Schwartz
  • 04-18-19

Good Story!

This story is a roller coaster ride of emotions. It will make you laugh and cry. This book has suspense and is uniquely heartwarming.
Sarah Sampino did an excellent job with the narration. She make it easy to distinguish between the characters distinguish. I definitely enjoyed listening to Sarah Sampino.

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  • Toni swoffer
  • 04-12-19

Loved it

Loved this book really did so sweet The story was amazing characters was amazing and love the narrate