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One True Loves: A Novel Paperback – June 7, 2016
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Praise for One True Loves:
“Earth-shaking romance…you will flip for this epic love story.” (Cosmopolitan)
"A breathtaking love story." (InStyle)
“Taylor Jenkins Reid is seriously a genius when it comes to stories about life and love, and this book promises to be another awesome addition to her collection.” (Redbook)
“The mastermind behind the incredible summer read.” (Bustle)
"So compelling...Reid is so talented at creating characters you believe in." (Associated Press)
"If you feel emotionally connected to Adele’s music, read One True Loves.” (The Reading Room)
"Reid does such a good job of leading us through Emma’s emotional journey – I was as ambivalent as she was for a while, and then really invested in the ending. There’s some pretty deep truths in this, too.” (BookRiot)
"[Reid] is so skilled at creating complex, likeable characters that you’ll find yourself struggling to root for one man over the other." (Real Simple)
“…Taylor Jenkins Reid is the reigning queen of summer reads.” (SheKnows)
"If you read this title and thought to yourself, 'Hey wait, isn't that a typo?', Reid's heartwarming tale of a choice between two loves might just convince you otherwise." (Brit+Co)
About the Author
Taylor Jenkins Reid lives in Los Angeles and is the acclaimed author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, One True Loves, Maybe in Another Life, After I Do, and Forever, Interrupted. To learn more, visit TaylorJenkinsReid.com.
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One True Loves tells the story of Emma Blair. In her twenties, she marries her high school sweetheart Jesse, and together, they make a life for themselves that involves all sorts of spontaneous adventures. It is on their first anniversary when Emma’s life changes forever – because Jesse goes missing on a trip for work. In an effort to regroup, Emma quits her job and moves back home where she begins working at her family’s bookstore. It is there she runs into an old friend, Sam, and she finds herself doing the impossible: falling in love a second time. But when Jesse is found alive, Emma now has to face an impossible choice.
It sounds really dramatic, and yet, Reid handles the entire plot with a surprisingly light touch. Don’t get me wrong – there’s plenty of heartache and sorrow to go around, which is not surprising considering the plot. But, as with her other novels, Reid injects humor and joy into the tale, and that certainly balanced things out. It helps that Emma is a likable character, and I immediately felt a kinship with her. Her struggles were really hard to read about, her triumphs were easy to cheer for and I really found it easy to understand and relate to her. And I liked the secondary characters – adventurous Jesse, thoughtful Sam, Emma’s sweet family specifically – a whole lot too.
But more than anything, I really appreciated Reid’s approach to the romance. Readers are treated to time with both of the men in Emma’s life – from the start of the romance to the state of these relationships in the face of the current conflict. I loved the perspective that this provided when considering how Emma should react, and it was incredible how Reid managed to also make me like both men (as individuals and for Emma) for different reasons. It was such a raw, honest portrayal of what such a situation could mean for everyone involved! I’m really impressed by how Reid navigated her story, and even more impressed by how she wrapped it all up in the end. (And no, I’m not giving you even a hint. Or telling how I felt in particular about these guys. You’ll need to read it for yourself, and then we can talk about it.)
Reid continues to put out novels that are guaranteed to be reads that are impossible to put down, extremely compelling (in spite of the emotional turmoil) and extremely thoughtful explorations of some big, personal questions. I really admire her ability to get me to see so many different aspects of any given situation her characters find themselves in, and the way that she constantly challenges me to really think about things when I finish one of her stories. I’m definitely a fan of One True Loves, and will certainly say that it’s an excellent addition to the already published work from Reid. (And I’m very much looking forward to the next one, whatever it may be about!)
WRONG! As hopeful as I was going into this, I knew from the very first few pages that this author's writing wasn't for me. Previous to this book, I've never read anything by Reid so I did not know her style. From this little venture of mine, I do have to say this will be the last book I read from her. Here's the thing, I know it's a cliche to say...but I hate it when a book is full of exposition and I feel like the whole plot is being told to me rather than shown. That is how I felt for the first 100 pages or so. The first 100 pages is about our main character Emma's high school years, how she met her husband Jesse and how they fell in love, got married and his later disappearance. The character Emma was written in some a childish way and I get that she was supposed to be high school age and I thought the author might have done this on purpose. But I've read some debut YA contemporaries that's written better than this. There's no emotion or character development for Emma or Jesse. I did not know anything about Jesse to understand why she was so heads over heels over him. OK, he was hot, a swimmer and he wanted to not swim but his parents wanted him to go to the Olympics. WOW...so much depth! And Emma supposedly had this weird complex where she was the typical second child in her family to an older sister that had everything, including their parents' attention which complicated the sister relationship. This could have been such a good exploration of siblings within a family but it was just being told to me how perfect her sister is and the whole time we didn't see anything between them that would have made me believe what she was telling me. Marie, the sister, was merely a passing character in the book as if Emma was telling me about her while we're having coffee! That's how this whole first part of a book felt like to me. Like I was having coffee with someone and that someone was telling me about these people she knew.
Once we get into more of the present day events, when Emma meets Sam, also a guy from high school who used to be friends with her and her family, I thought the writing would change a bit. And when Jesse was found to be alive and comes back into Emma's life, I thought the emotions and writing style would pick up but I was yet wrong again! I don't know how such a great premise could be written so blandly! I felt nothing for these characters. When Emma was distraught between the two men she loved, trying to make THE decision of a life time, I felt nothing. In fact, I was quite annoyed with her. I get that if I were put into a situation like this, I would also be confused. But Emma was way too wishy washy. She kept going back and forth between the two men without a good enough justification for any of it. And this is probably due to the lack of character development that wasn't set up from the very beginning. There hasn't been a connection set up for any of the relationships that would explain a wishy washy behaviour during a time of confusion like this. And that was what was so lackluster for me.
I won't spoil the ending but I do think the author made Emma do the "right" thing. But the path to getting there was so frustrating and happened way too quickly. It was like a light bulb moment went in Emma's head and she decided the right thing to do so quickly, it made the rest of the book moot! I really wanted another author to write this and now because the premise has already been explored, it will never happen. The whole time I thought it would have been such a better story if someone like Colleen Hoover or Tammara Webber wrote this, but oh well!
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Heartbreaking, heart warming and Soul filling.
A beautifully written story of answering the books question: "What does it mean to love truly?Read more