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Product Details

  • Paperback: 131 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (January 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060748095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060748098
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (167 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #860,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Not just a  story--Love Story is an  experience. The reader who responds to this little book  will feel less like a reader than an unwritten  Segal character, living it all out from the inside... In this 'love story' you are not just an  observer."--Christian Science  Monitor.

"Funny, touching and  infused with wonder, as all love stories should  be."--San Francisco Examiner --Review

"Not just a  story--Love Story is an  experience. The reader who responds to this little book  will feel less like a reader than an unwritten  Segal character, living it all out from the inside... In this 'love story' you are not just an  observer."--Christian Science  Monitor.

"Funny, touching and  infused with wonder, as all love stories should  be." --San Francisco Examiner --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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This is the wonderful, tumultuous, heartfelt story of Oliver Barrett IV and Jenny Cavilleri--the story of a rich Harvard jock and a wisecracking Radcliffe music major who have nothing in common but love . . . and everything else to share but time. Funny and flip, sad and poignant, Erich Segal's magnificent novel will grab you, hold you, and stay with you forever. You, like more than twenty million others, will fall in love with Love Story.

"Not just a story--Love Story is an experience. The reader who responds to this little book will feel less like a reader than an unwritten Segal character, living it all out from the inside... In this 'love story' you are not just an observer."--Christian Science Monitor.

"Funny, touching and infused with wonder, as all love stories should be."--San Francisco Examiner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
I am 13, and I picked this book up at my school library, having heard of it but having no idea of the plot. I read it in two days, and that's only because school (what a pesky little bugger) got in the way.
Love Story is one of the most beautiful things I have ever read. It doesn't have a lot of elaborate details; however, that doesn't diminish its charm. It is cuttingly funny, and completely absorbing. I read it on the lunch line, during lunch, during math, during science...you get the picture. The ending almost made me cry. This book is a work of art.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ohioan on October 13, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read this book when it came out and I didn't then and don't now understand all the hype. The story is told hastily, almost as if the author is rushing through the plot -- almost as if what he had in mind was a screenplay, and wrote a book instead. The characters aren't well-developed. The story is predictable. And, it is mawkish: sentimental in a feeble way. Feeble because the characters seem two-dimensional and the ending is not satisfying.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Ratcliffe (flower_girl110@hotmail.com) on October 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
Hey, i'm only 12, but i still loved the book. It is soooo worth spending time on reading it, it makes you laugh, it makes you think about things, and it makes you cry :( You can completetly relate to any of characters even if you r only 7 years old. Erich Segal is a genius!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Kopec on June 24, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I saw glimpses of romanticism in Love Story, but nothing memorable. I felt the book was hurt most by its short length which was paralleled by a somewhat fast pace. Large monumental events in the relationship between Oliver and Jenny pass by without enough reflection by either the author or the characters. The simplistic dialogue does not help either. The most complex dialogue is between Oliver and his father, not Oliver and Jenny, puzzling for a love story. Due to its short length and limited dialogue I was unable to really feel the chemistry between the two build. Passion was mentioned, but as the reader, I didn't feel it.

On a different note, I think, "Love means never having to say your sorry," is a terrible message. But each reader must come to his own conclusion on that one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Schluter on January 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
The book that I read was Love Story by Erich Segal. I enjoyed this book very much because there was so much detail that I was able to see the story in myy head like a movie. The amount of detail makes one want to just keep reading more and more until the book concludes. I weould definatly recommend this book to anyone and therefore I really cannot find anything bad to say about this book since I enjoyed it so much. This book made me think about how awful it must be to be in love with someone and then they die. If that ever happened to me, it would definatly hit me very hard. Given enough time, most people can get over these types of things. Getting help from friends and family gives you enough support to get you through troubled times. The book did not really remind me of anything because nothing quite like it has happenened to me. Love Sotry contained many universal themes such as love, friendship, ambition, and lonliness. Love was the main theme because this whole book was based upon love and its many aspects. Friendship is evident where Oliver interacts with his friends and fellow hockey players. Playing hockey also portrays ambition because Oliver wanted to win that last game in New York so badly as did everyone else. There is lonliness included in the book when Jenny dies and Phil and Oliver feel lonely because Jenny was the girl in both of their lives. Reading this book has made me want to read more by Erich Segal because in my opinion he is a very good author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
if there's any book which make you laugh and cry at the same time,its this..i read it when i was thirteen(i'm 14 now)and it still has the same effect.it really sets me wondering about love,if love like that really exists,you know,the part about "love means never having to say you're sorry"and all.if two people can be so right for each other like oliver and jenny.its really wonderful..thumbs up,erich seagal..great work!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 11, 1999
Format: Library Binding
I have read LOVE STORY for a million times and I would never get tired of it... every time I read through the pages, I never fail to laugh, get irritated, be sarcastic as well... cry ... and fall in love over again with both Jennifer ad Oliver.... It never loses its magic..... It will always be my favorite story.... "Love means never having to say you're sorry"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 4, 1999
Format: Paperback
I love 'love story'. My first contact with this book was when I was about 8 and I saw it on my cousins book shelf. I never actually read the book, nor saw the film until the summer of 1994 when I was 15. I have now read the book so many times and the film will also be played regularly in my house. It is just the most heartrending book ever written, and has taught me a lot about how to build relationships and also how it can be the differences between two people that make them so close.
The book is so thought provoking and Erich Segal must be seen as a genius for writing this book which is a modern classic. It states so many points which are relevant to life and has so much to offer to any unassuming reader.
The catch phrase of the book, 'Love means never having to say you are sorry' is an ambigious comment. Does Segal claim that Oliver should not have hurt Jenny in the first place to have to say sorry? Or does he mean that Jenny should automatically forgive Oliver if she loves him? This thought has played on my mind severly and I have pondered over it many times and I don't quite know which of these possibilities I believe to be true.
However I do know that it is the most touching book that I have ever read, and the one which has left the biggest impression on me. Anyone who can fail to feel sadness when Jenny falls ill and eventually dies must be lacking emotion.
Throw away your copies of 'The Rules' or 'Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus' and buy 'Love Story'. For this is the most realistic book on relationships you are ever going to read.
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