Author: Jennifer Weiner
Narrator: Sarah Steele & JD Jackson
Published: August 2015, Simon & Schuster Audio
Length: 13 hours
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: This is the first book I've read by Jennifer Weiner and I picked it up because it was one of the She Reads 'Books of Spring' selections. Don't get me wrong...it's not that I haven't heard of her, but her books just haven't spoken to me before, but I decided I would give this one a chance and I'm glad I did...I enjoyed it!
What I really liked about this book is that we see the relationship between Rachel and Andi grow over time from their first meeting at the age of eight until they are full-fledged adults and we see that relationship go through a range of stages. It is heartfelt and full of emotion and shows the importance of knowing that sometimes love isn't enough. There needs to be more.
Because the book spans thirty years, there is plenty of character development. It starts slowly giving us a full picture of just who Rachel and Andy are. We move on to the big stages in their lives, but then, the ending feels a bit rushed...why do that? Why take the time to set the stage and lay out the whole story and then rush the very part of the story that we are all waiting for?
Overall, this was a good book and it does provide a little food for thought...who do you love? I will certainly be checking out Jennifer Weiner's other books - if you're a fan, what do you recommend I pick up next?
Audio thoughts: This is the first time I've listened to either narrator and I thought both did a good job. Having a female and a male narrator was a great choice and made the story really come alive.
Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner is one of the She Reads "Books of Spring" reading selection picks.
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