Published by Atria
Publication Date: August 11th, 2015
Genres: Chick Lit
I received this book for free from Atria in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
“I was born with a broken heart.”
This past year I have been making it a point to read books from authors I’ve heard of but are ultimately new to me. Jennifer Weiner is one of those authors. I’ve heard about Good in Bed, saw the movie version of In Her Shoes, but have yet to read anything from her! I decided to rectify that with Who Do You Love. Not only did I love the simplistic cover but that synopsis had my heart thumping. While I ultimately am glad to finally say that Jennifer is not a new-t0-me author, and how I have intentions of reading her previous works, Who Do You Love just did not do it for me.
“He’d been lonely, and I’d been lonely, but if we were together, we’d never have to be lonely again.”
I think the one thing that has me conflicted is the characters. The reason I say that is because I loved the writing. It was engaging. It provoked emotion. But at different points in the story I ended up disliking Rachel and Andy so much that I was pretty sure I was going to DNF. And for the record, I usually only DNF if I just cannot find interest in continuing on. In this story though, I wanted to keep going until Rachel or Andy did something terrible. For Rachel, her poor little rich girl attitude was just too much for me to forget later on. For Andy, who I initially LOVED, seeing him View Spoiler »contemplate cheating on Rachel was the last straw for me. He may not have “technically” did it, but it was just too much at that point. « Hide Spoiler
“I’d thought that Andy was my destiny, but maybe he was more of a life lesson, a hurdle, I had to keep clearing to show the universe I was worthy of the life intended for me: this life, with this man.”
But what really had me hesitant from rating this any higher than I did (in which my rating is because I enjoyed Ms. Weiner’s writing style and storytelling) was because Rachel and Andy’s love story was just underwhelming. View Spoiler »Despite Andy and Rachel having a relationship that spans decades, they are really only together for a short period of time. « Hide Spoiler It felt that there wasn’t as strong of a foundation for their love to really blossom or deepen. I also had a little issue with the ending. I wouldn’t say that there wasn’t a resolution but it felt very open ended. Overall, I really did like Ms. Weiner’s storytelling and plan to read her past books, but I couldn’t enjoy this story as much as I would have had I liked the main characters better.