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Love Will Tear Us Apart: A Novel Paperback – April 28, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
In the very first section, Ben introduces us to Dan with many less than charming pet names: "Mr. Dan," "Daniel-san," "My boy Dan," and "Sir Dan" are just several. Beyond gimmicky. Additionally, every one of the characters irritating voices was the same. Without reading the name at the beginning of each chapter, I'd have no idea who was speaking. Very poor characterization. And while I wanted to feel sorry for these characters who had somehow lost their way in life, many were just completely unlikable.
Using music as a thread throughout the story has been done, writing about the drama surrounding a wedding has been done, using a group of friends to tell the story has been done; in this case, it was just done badly. A fine substitute for a soap opera or People magazine, but not if you're looking for anything of real substance.