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Love Story Paperback – January 18, 2005
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He is Oliver Barett IV, a rich jock from a stuffy WASP family on his way to a Harvard degree and a career in law.
She is Jenny Cavilleri, a wisecracking working-class beauty studying music at Radcliffe.
Opposites in nearly every way, Oliver and Jenny immediately attract, sharing a love that defies everything ... yet will end too soon. Here is a love that will linger in your heart now and forever.
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The characters and the plot interweave. The characters come from opposite ends of the social spectrum. Oliver Barrett IV comes from high society and from a very wealthy family whose members are Harvard alumnae. The family even donated the Barrett Hall to the University. Jennifer Cavilleri comes from a collar worker family; her father owes a small bakery. Oliver's family is from Ipswich, Massachusetts and Jennifer's family is from Cranston, Rhode Island. Jennifer attends Radcliff College under a scholarship. Oliver attends Harvard. When they meet their attraction is strong and mutual (p. 2). Their friendship develops and they fall in love. Oliver's family is very competitive and expects him to go to Law School, take over the family business, and marry someone in their same social level. His father is a banker, landlord, and business owner. Jennifer's father just wants his daughter to be happy. He does not pressure his daughter at all. She has no mother since she died when Jennifer was a child. Their social gap becomes evident when they visit each other's home. Oliver's parents are cold toward their own son and they treat Jennifer cordial but cold. Jennifer's father is a down-to-earth niece guy. Oliver's home is a huge state. Jennifer's home is a humble working class adobe in a row of street houses, with no extra land. Their difference in social status could not be any larger. Their love is stronger than Oliver's parents' prejudice. Jennifer receives a scholarship to study music in Paris, France and Oliver proposes. They marry. Oliver is disinherited by his father for marrying Jennifer and by doing so, defying his father.
It is interesting how the first sentence of the book opens with the climax of the story, in the form of a question: What can you say about a twenty-five-year-old-girl who died?" (p. 1). Even though the climax is given out on the first sentence of the book, a complete unconventional approach to traditional story structure, this "preview" that might have been considered a spoiler made the reader's curiosity grow. The readers want to find out how and why this young life extinguishes. The whole story is a flashback that takes us to the day these two young lovers meet in Radcliff College Library. The story moves through defined chapters and takes us through their courtship, marriage, Oliver's Law School, working summers in Massachusetts shore, Oliver's graduation from Law School, Oliver's law firm job, and their big move to New York City. Toward the end of the story Jennifer is diagnosed with leukemia and that is the reason why she can't conceive. Oliver is devastated and ridden with guilt. Oliver buys airline tickets for Paris, but Jennifer states that is not the way they are going to approach her disease and her final days.
This book was a success by the way the plot addressed social issues that were not openly discussed and were not well known by the general public, unless the reader belonged to the high class society. The story addresses love and sacrifice. It also shows how family expectations and demands are prioritized over parents love and support for their child. The characters idiosyncrasy and upbringing plus the story development and structure make a touching and fascinating book.