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Who Do You Love: A Novel Paperback – April 5, 2016
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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."
Even though Rachel is in for another problem with her heart, for which she has had numerous surgeries since birth, and Andy is in for just a broken arm, he seems the most pathetic and in need. She is used to hospitals and has had lots of parental hovering in her life. Andy’s mother has not even shown up…and won’t for several hours.
Then they are separated.
Over the years, they meet again and again, often in unlikely places. They do write to each other in between meetings. Their most notable connecting would be as teenagers when they are volunteering for Home Free, prepping the homes for the construction workers. Their relationship changes into something more…a romantic connection.
Rachel lives in Florida and Andy, in Philadelphia, but as they go off to college, she is in Virginia attending Beaumont and he is in Oregon. He is a track star, aiming for the Olympics.
Their get-togethers are not always good…misunderstandings and their very real differences assert themselves, leading to long periods of no contact.
What keeps pulling them together when they are so different? Her family’s comfortable circumstances and his single mom’s struggles accentuate the financial differences, and her love of reading and his obsession with running…well, what could they possibly find to share?
But they do keep going…and then something big separates them for years.
Who Do You Love: A Novel is an engaging story that made me feel a lot of emotions. Luckily, there were plenty of funny moments, too, showing Weiner’s signature self-deprecating charms through the characters. Alternate chapters were narrated in first person by Rachel and third person from Andy. The passage of time is shown by dates on each chapter.
I loved the story once I got into it. The opening chapters, in the childhood years, were less interesting to me, but as the characters entered their teens and adulthood, I was there, rooting for each of them, even when they made typical relationship mistakes. Sometimes I cried along with them, hoping they would find their happiness. And I loved the paper clip heart that Andy made for Rachel in their early college years. It came to symbolize the uniqueness of their connection. An emotional journey, I give this one 4.5 stars.
Being a Weiner fan for a while now, I’ve come to expect well-written stories with charismatic characters. Who Do You Love is no exception. From the start, it was so easy for me to get engrossed into the book. While the plotline sounds familiar (like I said it can be another Hollywood romance movie), its content and story were not banal. Weiner’s couple, Andy Landis and Rachel Blum (“it’s bloom like flowers, not blum like plum”), were the heart of the story and by necessity needed to be charismatic and sympathetic figures whose story and journey through life, whether together or separately, were those who we would want to read. Suffice it to say they were, due to Weiner’s ability to create characters, like Andy and Rachel, who are likeable but still human. Add to that, she had them seem so different on the surface, Andy being a fatherless biracial child living with his single working mom on the lower economic ladder and Rachel being a Jewish princess spoiled and protected by her parents due to being born with a heart defect and thus being constantly in and out of the hospital, but at their core had more in common than anyone would believe. Through their budding relationship and beyond, you see how they see themselves, the world they live in and their place in it. While the bigger story is a love story, within in it is an exploration of finding yourself and of what (or who) you truly want. It’s so obvious Andy and Rachel have a unique connection and truly love each other, but it was interesting to see how it is that they end up separated. And the thing I enjoy about that aspect is how it’s never cut and dry. There are no clear “bad guy” to blame. They each had their part to play in the time they have lost and their own idea of what it is to be together. You’re not aware of what you had and lost until time has passed and you have the perspective that comes with time and experiences. The love was never in question in this book. It’s always seems to be whether they are at the right place and mindset in their lives to actually fully realize they were meant to be together.
While the book doesn’t have the humor which is found in her previous books (it’s the main thing that made me a fan of her books), the charm and sweetness is there. The drama never gets to the point where it weighs down the book and Weiner manages to retain a certain innocence in her story by her writing. She was able to make Andy and Rachel charismatic and likeable so as to make you want to find out how their story unfolds and inevitably ends. The question of who you love seems to be an easy one to answer, but as the book shows, it’s never as clear cut as we believe/hope it to be.