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Harvard law grad Buxbaum makes an appealing debut with this tale of Yale law graduate Emily Haxby, eager to break through the emotional and professional ties that bind her. It's like you get pleasure out of breaking your own heart, best friend Jess tells Emily after her bustup with her doctor boyfriend. But Emily isn't through self-destructing; she also implodes over her fast-failing Grandpa Jack, from whom Emily learned everything... about life; chilly relations with her lieutenant governor father, Kirk; and a precarious career as a litigator defending big, evil corporations for a Manhattan law firm. This single-gal-in-the-city finds her white-knuckle hold on life and love slowly slipping as it dawns on her that the opposite of love isn't hate, it's emptiness. Grandpa Jack and his retirement home pal, Ruth, help steer Emily to a soft landing, but the big disappointment is that the resolution is far less interesting than the unraveling that precedes it. (Jan.)
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“In the character of Emily, Julie Buxbaum has created the quintessential motherless daughter: a woman who longs for the comfort of intimacy, yet fears its permanence. The Opposite of Love is a brilliant examination of loss, romance, and the jagged, imperfect, utterly realistic way we fall and stay in love. A stunning debut.”—Hope Edelman, author of Motherless Daughters
"You’ll want to keep reading all night.”—Library Journal, Starred Review
“A witty, touching debut novel rich with emotional truths. Women everywhere will relate to Julie Buxbaum's thoughtful, young heroine and her journey of loss and love.”—Emily Giffin, author of Love the One You’re With
“Gripping, wise and extremely refreshing. I loved it.”—Marian Keyes, author of Sushi for Beginners and Angels
"Buxbaum makes an appealing debut with this tale of...[a] single gal-in-the-city [who] finds her white-knuckle hold on life and love slowly slipping."—Publishers Weekly
Wonderful story about a young woman who is her own worst enemy. The story begins with Emily Haxby deciding to break it off with her boyfriend, Andrew. Read morePublished 10 months ago by J&B Reviews
I love Julie Buxbaum's book because the protagonist was so flawed. I was definitely not on her side for the majority of the book. She made some pretty stupid decisions. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Lisa Jackson
Her descriptions hit me in the heart and brought me back to my 29 year old self, wondering constantly when I would know who I really was and what I wanted. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Kindle Review
That's about all I can say about this book. I'm mean, it wasn't awful, but neither was it is as good as the review led me to think. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Terri Suda
1/2 of what makes a good book, is the story, the other 1/2 is the writing style. The descriptions were amateur and predictable, the sarcasm sounded like someone trying to hard to... Read morePublished on June 8, 2013 by Bleue
I read this book in one sitting. It was real, and thought provoking, and very well written. The cover describes it as humorous. Read morePublished on April 8, 2013 by Romi
Emily Haxby is a young Manhattan attorney who seemingly has it all, she is an attorney with a large corporate firm, she has a wonderful boyfriend, and loving friends. Read morePublished on November 27, 2011 by JerseyGirl Yvonne