Friday, November 18, 2016

Review: Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner

Title: Who Do You Love
Author: Jennifer Weiner
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Atria Books
Publish Date: August 11, 2015
Source: Library

What's the Story?:

From "Rachel Blum and Andy Landis are eight years old when they meet late one night in an ER waiting room. Born with a congenital heart defect, Rachel is a veteran of hospitals, and she's intrigued by the boy who shows up all alone with a broken arm. He tells her his name. She tells him a story. After Andy's taken back to the emergency room and Rachel's sent back to her bed, they think they'll never see each other again.

Rachel, the beloved, popular, and protected daughter of two doting parents, grows up wanting for nothing in a fancy Florida suburb. Andy grows up poor in Philadelphia with a single mom and a rare talent that will let him become one of the best runners of his generation.

Over the course of three decades, through high school and college, marriages and divorces, from the pinnacles of victory and the heartbreak of defeat, Andy and Rachel will find each other again and again, until they are finally given a chance to decide whether love can surmount difference and distance and if they've been running toward each other all along."

My Two Cents:

In "Who Do You Love," Rachel and Andy meet as young kids in a hospital. Rachel is the protected child of two loving parents (who sometimes verge on being over-protective). Andy lives with his single mom who is trying to make ends meet. Over a few decades, Rachel and Andy will move in and out of each other's lives as something seems to keep pulling them back together. This is a story of fate versus random coincidence.

I have read so many of Jennifer Weiner's books and have really enjoyed it. One of the things that I like best about her books is her characters. She has a real talent for writing great characters that feel real. I loved both Rachel and Andy. Because the book takes place over such a long period of time, we get a chance to see how the characters grow and change. I really liked how you get to see both the good sides and bad sides of both Andy and Rachel. These flaws made them feel more real to me!

I like books that make me think about the "what ifs" in life. As I mentioned before, this book is about fate and fate giving chances over and over again to do what is meant to be. It's a neat idea, especially in the case between Rachel and Andy where the reader can clearly see what is meant to be long before the characters come to the realization! This was a good read!



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