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Rainone's fun and poignant debut novel centers on a group of longtime friends who reunite for a wedding in their small Rhode Island hometown. As Dan and Lea's wedding day approaches, four of their friends share narration duties, reminiscing on collective youth, lost innocence and wasted potential. There's brash burnout best man Ben, who once had promise as a ball player but now tends bar; hippie college dropout Cort, whose dislike of her mother has been softened by her mother's illness; cokehead bridesmaid Alex, who still holds a torch for Dan; and Shawn, whose would-be musical career has devolved into a singing waiter gig at a theme restaurant. Missing from the reunion is Jason, whose death is often mentioned as the characters recall their schooldays and youths while the nuptial events unfold. Rainone does a stellar job of capturing the personalities and quirks of each protagonist, and the contrast between their bright memories and dim current realities is nicely handled. It may seem gimmicky at first (chapter headings, for instance, are song titles), but the vivid storytelling and mix of hope and heartbreak is an addictive formula. (May)
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"Love Will Tear us Apart is like flipping through a high-school yearbook in hell, told with amazingly lyrical compassion...Rainone digs into the despair behind the songs but also the desire behind the despair"
—Rob Sheffield, author of Love is A Mix Tape

Love Will Tear Us Apart dazzles on an astonishing number of levels....The execution is relentlessly entertaining, glittering with so many great lines that you eventually stop underlining.”
—Josh Bazell, author of the New York Times bestseller Beat the Reaper

“Sexy, funny, and bittersweet, this is a terrific novel about the extraordinary lives of ordinary kids–and about the music that made them who they are.”
—Alicia Erian, author of the New York Times Notable Book Towelhead


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030745066X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307450661
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,203,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Jacobs on May 28, 2009
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Heard about this book from a friend and have been thanking him ever since. Great characters, great story, great writing. Rainone does a wonderful job inviting us into the complicated lives of a group of childhood friends by splitting the narrating among four of the main characters.

It is witty, smart writing that truly captures the voice of today's mid-20's generation, and truly captures the reader. Couldn't put this book down. A great summer read!
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For some reason I expected a great deal more from this book. I had read a review of it somewhere that it was a modern, Hornbyesque approach to applying a story to the songs and lyrics of my generation. What I seemed to get, however, was a rather bland and self-indulgent narrative whose main characters seem to just name drop a great deal of the pop culture references within, and I suppose the thing that made me a little disappointed in it was the approach. I recently read Ready Player One, and the main character in that did the same thing, but it seemed to play a much bigger role in the story; but even then, that book seemed to just name drop, just a bit more effectively and unexpectedly. I also think that the title, and the song it takes it from, does not really reflect the contents which surrounds the reunification of friends at a wedding who are dealing with a great deal of unresolved issues from their youth. This is interesting, because we all have unresolved issues from our youth, and we do in fact attach symbolic and global significance to many of the pop culture events from our youth. We then transpose those and bring them into adulthood, and only the smallest hint of a song or a smell or a taste can bring us back there. This book, however well approached and three dimensional the characters are through a realistic narrative, does not bring me back. I think that the reviewer I read originally, as well as the one who has implied that this book is like Nick Hornby or Bret Easton Ellis in any way, is a bit mistaken and has ultimately led to my disappointment. I probably would not have picked this book up without the reviews and only having read the back copy...
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A great read from start to finish, Rainone's Love Will Tear Us Apart is a coming-of-age novel whose great storytelling and pop culture references should set off the nostalgia alarm in anyone who grew up in the 80's, spent hours watching cheesy Saturday morning cartoons or The Neverending Story, or can vividly remember where they were when they heard Biggie, Tupac or Kurt Cobain died.

Through a series of flashbacks inspired by a wedding playlist, Love Will Tear Us Apart beautifully, yet honestly, tells the story of a group of friends and their, at sometimes awkward, journey from elementary school to adulthood. I dare anyone between the ages of 18-35 to convince me that they can't see a little piece of themselves in at least one of the main protagonists who, in their early-to-mid-twenties, have still not realized that for the most part they're still immature kids.

HIGHLY recommended!
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I loved this book. I've always loved stories that take place from multiple perspectives, and Love will tear us Apart tells an engaging story from the perspectives of incredibly vivid characters. I loved the characters, at times; hated them at times; and empathized with them throughout -- and mostly just found the story incredibly entertaining and enjoyable. I also thoroughly enjoyed the trip down memory lane, the at times painful trip back to high school, and the music that weaves it all together. I highly recommend this amazing first novel by Sarah Rainone!
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