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Who Do You Love: A Novel Hardcover – August 11, 2015
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"Readers will simultaneously want to savor and devour Weiner’s latest... With her well-known humor and charm, she conveys the essence of first love, particularly the adage that true love never dies. Complete with a riveting, realistic recounting of 9/11 and a plot twist that will make your jaw drop, Weiner’s brilliantly written novel will capture your heart." (Library Journal (starred review))
“Weiner’s latest is pure romance and utterly heart tugging, showcasing her ability to write characters that readers will instantly connect with, flaws and all. There is a special delight here in getting to know Rachel and Andy from childhood to adulthood, and readers will find themselves laughing, crying, and hoping right along with the pair.” (Booklist (starred review))
"Overwhelmingly this is an affecting novel about how people carry the heavy burdens that came with their lives -- and how they set them down so they can goon... Weiner draws her characters with empathy and nuance. We take the 30-year journey with them, and root for them along the way." (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
"Weiner (All Fall Down) tugs at the heartstrings with her latest tale of angst and love. Weiner's achingly real characters will keep readers engaged all the way through." (Publisher's Weekly)
"Readers will laugh, cry and find themselves caught up in the story, as Weiner explores the idea: 'Do soul mates really exist?' Weiner brings the characters to life with intricate details...It's a story about love gained and lost, and love eternal." (Associated Press)
“A tale of love against the odds...Weiner's latest is a summer heart-warmer." (People)
"It’s The Fault in Our Stars all grown-up: Two kids meet in an ER, cross paths later—and don’t die. Thank you, book gods.” (Glamour)
“The author of In Her Shoes gives you all the feels. About two kids who meet in an unexpected way...and continue to do so throughout their lives. It’s like One Day meets 'When Harry Met Sally' meets your new beach read.” (TheSkimm)
"This is Weiner's first-ever straightforward love story, centering on two characters,Rachel and Andy, who meet as children in the hospital waiting room. The book chronicles their journey through adulthood, as they determine whether they're soul mates despite wildly different backgrounds: Rachel, from a wealthy family and born with a congenital heart defect; and Andy, from a poor neighborhood in Philadelphia with dreams of running in the Olympics." (The Washington Post)
"Grade: A. An emotional love story of heartbreak and hope." (In Touch magazine)
“A novel about first love, growing up, and fate from the incomparable Jennifer Weiner. Who Do You Love is a love story about two people who fall in and out of touch over and over again but never stop thinking about each other.” ” (PopSugar)
"Weiner has made a career out of conjuring women who have body image problems, falling out of love regularly and are generally relatable to the rest of us... From her first novel, Weiner has a mastery of the telling detail. Her latest novel has a notably more serious tone from her past work. The main characters meet in the hospital when they're both eight years old and spend the rest of the novel moving in and out of each other's lives." (Jewish Forward)
“Weiner’s books are about very real, three-dimensional women who face very real, complex problems:body image issues, distant mothers, alcoholic fathers, infertility, addiction,cheating partners, loneliness, societal biases, suburban snobbery, and more. Reading one of her books is a completely engrossing experience, and you finish the final page feeling like you can face your own challenges with just a little more courage.” (Refinery 29)
"Jennifer Weiner returns with what might be her best love story yet. The sure-to-be smash is a classic love story, told over the course of two decades, twisted up with modern cultural observations and maybe just a miniature ode to Save the Last Dance and When Harry Met Sally." (The Austin Chronicle)
“A good old-fashioned heartstrings-puller, one that readers will happily lose themselves in at the beach (or anywhere else, really).” (Book Reporter)
“Next up on our summer reading list: This newly-released must-read!” (Good Housekeeping)
“A must read... This roller-coaster romance—of two people from two very different sides of the track—proves we can’t choose who we love.” (New York Post)
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The story begins with both of our main characters as young children, meeting under unexpected circumstances in a hospital. Before they meet, we get to know a little about Rachel. Immediately, my heart goes out to the struggling, slightly spoiled yet simultaneously mature, little girl. Andy, by contrast, is the opposite of spoiled. His circumstances are less than ideal, as he grows up conflicted about himself.
Fast forward, we learn more about Rachel and Andy. Naturally, they continue on very different paths- both economically and internally. However, both are diligent and ambitious in their own respects.
Over the years, their paths continue to cross. Life continues to happen. As a reader, I give kudos to Weiner for not only keeping me engaged in the protagonists, but also very invested in the secondary characters.
Overall, it was a great read. I finished in one day. Speaking of one day, I would've have given a five star rating, but "Who Do You Love" is rather similar to "One Day."
For the most part, the two major characters just really didn't seem to be invested in each other outside of the bedroom, and their relationship was shallow and superficial, at best. The book dragged in spots, with too much detailing of clothing, food, and other minor bits of information that filled the pages with words, but did not contribute to advancing the story in any purposeful or meaningful way. I also feel compelled to mention that the relationship that eventually developed between Jay and Amy felt contrived and disingenuous, as well.
The ending felt very rushed (perhaps the author was 'running' (pun intended!) too close to deadline?) and predictable. *SPOILER ALERT* Very difficult to believe that Rachel would just so happen to find herself in the store in which Andy was now a manager, and she would just fall into his arms after so much time, misunderstanding, and emotional turmoil had taken place in both of their lives.Read more ›
This book could not be more perfect at feeling so much like real life. As you read Who Do You Love you will be hating all the near misses and misunderstandings that happen. There were times that as I was reading this book that I wanted to say "Noooooooooooooooooooooooo!" I wanted (of course) for them to always be together, but you can see the struggles of life and long-term relationships that impact what happens to these two. This story shows that even though people are perfect for each other, that does not always mean they are perfect together (and that we need to learn a few lessons along the way). People change and the things that they think are important eventually change too. While Rachel in the beginning really concentrated on looks, she eventually decided other things were more important. Andy comes from a more humble background and at one point gives into hype and the grass being greener. It was so interesting to see how they evolved from the young kids you start off meeting to the adults that they become.Read more ›
We get to follow the lives of Rachel and Andy. They come from two different worlds, one with money and one without to put it simply. There are other differences as well. They do, however, both have issues that help bond them. They meet when they are young in a hospital. She has had heart issues since birth and is in for a surgery. He got hurt on vacation and is there to get a cast. They meet. Talk. Start a life long, friendship, romance, longing for each other. There are ups, downs, and everything else.
The story is told through chapters from either Rachel in first person or Andy in third person. The beginning of the book shows us their childhoods and helps us understand who they become as the book goes on. While I understand this was probably a necessary part to help develop the characters, I found it to be a little long and slow. However, once we got to them interacting more and the story revolving more around the two of them, I really enjoyed it and it moved much quicker.
Both Rachel and Andy are likable but also very flawed. It made me really not like them at certain points. Weiner did a great job though of making you still feel for and understand them. They both went through what I thought was very large growth, even if there were set backs along the way.
The book also touched on a lot of issues including class, race, family relationships, sex, bullying and cheating. While that is a lot of issues I think they were in there in the right amount, seemed to be rightly there and handled well.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great beach read; I got so absorbed in this, and was really Trying not to finish it on our first day of vacation! Read morePublished 1 day ago by Cupcake
I like Jennifer Weiner; however, this book was not one of my favorites. It started off slowly then turned to soft porn, which was not really needed. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
I picked this book up from Barnes and Noble. As a first time reader of a Jennifer Weiner novel,
I have to say I would like to read more of her books this summer. Read more
Such a sweet story about the lives of Andy and Rachel, although it seemed to drag at times, I still enjoyed it.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Well developed characters with real problems, bad life choices and love. Not a happy ever after story but close enough to real life.Published 5 days ago by Marcia Silva
I love Jennifer Weiner and was excited to read this. Her last few books have just been ok. This one was wonderful. Good and fast read, good characters. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Kelli L Preston
Another winner by Jennifer Weiner. True to her form. Knew how it would end but I had some nice twists along the way getting to that endPublished 6 days ago by Bernice A. Sherling
this is the first novel of Ms. Weiner that I have3 come across, I found that initially Rachel struck me as Jewish New Yorker who was growing up within a middle-class Jewish... Read morePublished 7 days ago by jkobi2011