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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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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (May 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380017601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380017607
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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43 of 46 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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine Ratcliffe (flower_girl110@hotmail.com) on October 22, 1999
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ohioan on October 13, 2011
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 18, 1998
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Erich Segal takes in a ordinary love story and adds spice to liven it up. Two characters with opposite personalities but the same love for one another plays off the plot well. I can get a feel for their strong attractions and even deep sacrifices for one another. I found the constant sarcasm between the two characters quite entertaining. This book is very much so modernized, with the two married and trying to get through college without any help from their parents. Like all love stories, this book ends with something that conclusively impacts any reader. Segal is also typical in his "love story" to end with a tragic ending. From the last three chapters, I got my own personal treat from this book. It gave me the opportunity to relate and somehow be a part of this love story also. Of course I won't tell you all the ending, but I can honestly say I really enjoyed this book. I would definitely recommend it to all readers who wants to find their own relation with the book. The life lesson it taught me was to appreciate those that I love and mostly those that are still existing before me (*hint, hint).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 4, 1999
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Cyr on March 3, 2013
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To be honest, this is a pretty mediocre little novel, and it certainly doesn't live up to the hype for me. The characters are bland and uninteresting(not to mention unlikable), Segal's sparse prose is frustrating to read, and on the whole it just doesn't have nearly the emotional resonance necessary to make it a genuine tearjerker. It's interesting for its place in pop culture history, but beyond that I can't really see anything in this book to recommend.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Kopec on June 24, 2008
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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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