Review: Who Do You Love

October 6, 2015 Atria, book review, books, fiction, Jennifer Weiner 2

Who Do You Love

  • Written by:  Jennifer Weiner
  • Published by:  Atria Books, August 11, 2015
  • Length:  400 pages
  • Source:  Digital galley via Edelweiss with permission from publisher in exchange for an honest review

Summary:  Rachel Blum and Andy Landis are eight years old when they meet late one night in an ER waiting room. Born with a congenital heart defect, Rachel is a veteran of hospitals, and she’s intrigued by the boy who shows up all alone with a broken arm. He tells her his name. She tells him a story. After Andy’s taken back to the emergency room and Rachel’s sent back to her bed, they think they’ll never see each other again.

Rachel, the beloved, popular, and protected daughter of two doting parents, grows up wanting for nothing in a fancy Florida suburb. Andy grows up poor in Philadelphia with a single mom and a rare talent that will let him become one of the best runners of his generation.

Over the course of three decades, through high school and college, marriages and divorces, from the pinnacles of victory and the heartbreak of defeat, Andy and Rachel will find each other again and again, until they are finally given a chance to decide whether love can surmount difference and distance and if they’ve been running toward each other all along.

With honesty, wit, and clear-eyed observations about men and women, love and fate, and the truth about happy endings, Jennifer Weiner delivers two of her most memorable characters, and a love story you’ll never forget.

My Thoughts:  I’ve been in love with Jennifer Weiner books since she wrote Good in Bed. She has a writing style that just flows as you read it.  The characters think like I think, not typically too extreme, they are flawed and deserve that second chance.

Rachel and Andy have a chance meeting, the circumstances are unique, and cause an adult to take pause with who is minding the children in a hospital pediatric unit. Their second meeting can be semi believable, but how impactful could an hour meeting be that you would recall a person eight or so years earlier?  Put all that aside, as these clandestine and chance meetings continue, and I have to say I really did love this story.  These two seem to be meant for each other, and still they keep messing it up, because they are human and flawed and young and maturing.  We see both Rachel and Andy at their best and worst, and it’s difficult to watch.  Its as if the reader is sitting in the corner cheering them on to get it together and realize how much they love each other.

Weiner is a pro at creating stories that are close enough to home, but also removed to have people clamoring to read her next book.  Who Do You Love is no different.  It made me laugh and cry and want so much for these two to make it.  Part coming of age story, part love story and part just figuring out who you are, where you come from, and what you alone can make of yourself, I highly recommend picking up Who Do You Love.  I think you’ll enjoy this one.

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