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""Always Something There to Remind Me" is a riveting look at the tender agony of first love. Full of self-awareness and scathing wit, Beth Harbison deftly contrasts teenage romantic idealism with the reality of growing up. Touching, truthful, and profoundly satisfying, Harbison delivers her finest work yet."--Jen Lancaster, New York Times Bestselling Author of "If You Were Here"

About the Author

BETH HARBISON is the New York Times bestselling author of Thin, Rich, Pretty, Hope In A Jar, Secrets of a Shoe Addict and Shoe Addicts Anonymous. She grew up in Potomac, Maryland, outside Washington, D.C. and now shares her time between that suburb, New York City, and a quiet home on the eastern shore.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (May 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312599110
  • ASIN: B00ANYP30K
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,261,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beth Harbison is the New York Times bestselling author of "Shoe Addicts Anonymous", "Hope in a Jar", and more. Her latest book is "Always Something There to Remind Me", a poignant look at first love and the eternal question "what if...?" She currently splits her time between Washington, DC and New York City.

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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Brooke B. VINE VOICE on June 5, 2011
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Is teenage love real? Can love last forever? Erin Edwards faces these questions among many others in Always Something There to Remind Me.

The story flips from past to present each chapter. We see Erin's relationship form with Nate Lawson from glances to each other at a party to the most intense, passionate love ever. When their relationship suddenly turns sour and they break up, Erin doesn't believe she can go on living without him. But, of course, she must. And she does. For 23 years, Erin lives without Nate. So, when Erin is asked to take the next step with a beautiful, nice, successful man, why are thoughts of Nate springing to mind? Is Erin really in love with this man? Is she still in love with Nate? Is Nate in love with her? Does he even remember her? Erin soon finds all the answers to these questions and more. One fateful day she runs into Nate and they realize not much has changed in 23 years. Will they be together? Is it too late?

I would strongly recommend this book to ages 18 and up. There are some pretty graphic scenes (when Erin loses her virginity) and languages in the book that are not appropriate for younger aged kids. If you are 30+ this book could bring back memories of your old loves and could really get you thinking about your own life and how it has played out.

So, let me ask you again. Is teen love real? Is love truly forever?
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**REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS**

For the first half of the book, it's not bad. Although the story line of the teenage lovers going to parties, drinking, flirting, etc is a little old and cliche, it was still interesting and readable at that point. One thing I started to notice right away though is that the teenagers in this book (in the beginning they are only 15) are apparently really experienced and comfortable with sex. Erin's friend Theresa apparently has a new guy every other day (and yes, sleeps with all of them). Erin loses her virginity at 15 in a very cliche scenario that's probably been used in every teenage coming of age novel ever written. A short time later when she is 16 and has been dating Nate for a while, they start undressing and it says they have done this "hundreds" times. As if this wasn't enough already, in a later passage, still at the age of only 16, she says they undress as they have *thousands* of times. The idea that a bunch of teenagers have done it thousands or even hundreds of times is so ridiculous and unbelievable. At that age they can barely find time alone, they have to worry about parents, etc. and sex is not something they just do every day. The book also presents the sex scenes as being these great mind blowing experiences that are so perfect, even though they are just teenagers. I didn't find this believable at all.

Erin is one of the most immature protagonists that has ever been presented in a novel like this. There are no words to describe it. When she is a teenager, she's apparently soooo in love with Nate, but then she gets bored with him and wants to date other guys, she flirts with other guys to get Nate's attention, and in one scenario she has his friend over at her house in the middle of the night.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Alan A. Elsner VINE VOICE on July 14, 2011
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This book swings back and forth between the 1980s and the more or less present. We first meet Erin as a spunky 15-year-old about to fall in love with the dishy Nate who is two years older.

When we meet the older version of Erin, she's a single mother of a teenage girl who has seen her share of heartache and yet never found that special someone who can replace Nate in her heart. Erin is being courted by the perfect Rick, but she can't summon up much enthusiasm for him. She's still hankering over Nate, with whom she broke up almost 20 years before.

It's hard to write about love at first sight. I tried it myself in one of my novels. And it's hard to write about first love -- it's been done so many times before.

Harbison makes a good effort. Her characters are likeable although the big conflict that ends that steamy, passionate relationship back in the 1980s turns out to be pretty trivial. One criticism is that neither one of the protagonists seems to grow up very much. They are pushing 40 when we meet them again (and when they meet each other again) but they both behave as if they were still teens.

The book is set in the plush Maryland suburb of Potomac but it has no real sense of place. The minor characters, mostly played for laughs, are not terribly deep.

I didn't dislike this book. It was fairly enjoyable although formulaic. But I suspect that two weeks from now I won't remember much, if anything, about it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mae Day on July 15, 2011
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I really enjoyed this book! It's one of those books that will take you back. The characters all seem so real and they are very easy to relate to. The book is also a hard one to put down. I like how the perspectives change from one chapter to another. It keeps things interesting. I would recommend you pick this up!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Corey A. Balazowich VINE VOICE on September 29, 2011
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I really have enjoyed post novels from this author so I was looking forward to reading her latest release.

Blergh.

SUCH A DISAPPOINTMENT! Ugh! Really. This one is not one of her better novels. Lovesick teenager turns adult and still obsesses over the one that got away. Flashbacks to their "perfect" teenaged relationship where they constantly fought and constantly were at ends with one another make you roll your eyes and want to smack the heroine and make her see that it is a GOOD thing she moved on. But no, she obsesses more as an adult. It's just painful to read. I always find it difficult to make it through a novel where the heroine drives me batty and this one was one of those.

Beyond those issues, there are a few moral issues I have major issues with in this novel. I won't spoil it but it instantly turned me off of the book.

It's not a total loss, there are good parts and the beginning of the novel had me ensnared. Just the rest was a stinker.
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