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American Love Story, An Hardcover – April 1, 1990


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 423 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (April 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385298943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385298940
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,725,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Fagan on May 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
"An American Love Story" probably isn't one of Jaffe's best - she doesn't delve into some of the characters & they come off sort of cartoon-y. Nor does the relationship between Susan, a brilliant, free-thinking, kindly writer and Clay, a lying, self-centered jackass have any sort of reality to it. But I was hooked. The story is typically breezy & fast-paced, peopled with characters you love to hate & people you wish you knew in real life. It's also a fascinating condemnation of Hollywood in all its soul-destroying, middle-age-hating, superficial glory.
No Nobel Prizes here, but a wonderfully escapist few hours are available for those who indulge. Lots of fun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 21, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I finished the book over a week ago. I took my time, but then, toward the end, I couldn't help myself. I just had to reach that climax! (That skeezer, Clay. He really got what he deserved!) Meanwhile, the book was fun to read, and I loved how the plot ended up reaching its conclusion. I felt so satisfied -- so at peace -- when it was all finished.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mercedes J. TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 23, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. It's your typical Rona Jaffe formula, but she does it so well.

There are many characters in this book, but it's not too hard to keep them straight. The story centers around Clay Bowen and the women in his life. Clay's a successful Hollywood bigwig who commutes back and forth between NYC and Hollywood. His wife Laura, a former star ballerina, and daughter Nina live in NYC, and as the years go by, he begins to look at them as a drain on his life. So enter Susan Joseph, a very intelligent writer who Clay starts an affair with that lasts many, many years. Well, Clay, being the lying, cheating, schemer that he is, also takes up with a very young Bambi Green much later in life. This relationship proves to be much different then his previous two because he no longer seems to be in control.

Overall, I liked the story. It kept me turning the pages, wanting to see what would happen next. However there were many times I would get SOOOO frustrated with the shallowness of some of the characters, and the total despicability of Clay's actions. Without giving it away, I was very glad to see what became of him in the end. Of course I recommend this, as I do most all the Rona Jaffe books I've read. If you like the whole soap opera-type storyline, then you'll really like this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cami Berridge on May 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book at used book sale for 25 cents...I was attracted because I'd read "Class Reunion" and "After the Reunion" and "Mazes and Monsters" and I enjoyed them all, especially the "Reunion" books.
This was a much slower go for me, it was not compelling reading...interesting yes...but there were points in the book where it was easy to stop for awhile. All in all I read it in 5 days. Usually if it's good I won't be able to put it down.
The characters were interesting...I too pictured myself as Susan and felt her joy and pain. We never see much from Clay's point of view and I think it might have been more compelling reading if we would have.
All in all Rona Jaffe does a great job of telling stories that appeal to women, especially me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 15, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I was given this book by a female relative who told me it was a fine read...I'm seriously considering dropping her from my will. The characters (far too many, even for a well written book, which this is not) are unbelievable shallow and have the emotional reaction time of a sloth on Rufinol. Why I spent so much of my valuable time struggling to get through the first hundred pages, I'll never know. This book is now under a short table leg serving what I believe to be its best purpose.
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