[563]: Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner

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Who Do You Love / Jennifer Weiner


My first crack at Jennifer Weiner went swimmingly well. I can see why she’s got a great following. There’s just something so natural about her writing that it almost felt like the reader is an invisible witness to the characters’ story. That’s how I felt while I was reading Rachel and Andy’s story that spanned over the years. Once again, I had this overwhelming dread sitting at the pit of my stomach. Much like all the other romances that I’ve read in the past, it can’t be all rainbows, roses and unicorns. I have to admit that I skipped one portion of their lives. I just couldn’t handle seeing them with other people other than themselves. Don’t let that deter you though. Spoiler alert: the ending should be sufficient enough to erase all the twinges you felt in your chest.

How they met.

Rachel was born with a congenital heart disease. Most of her young life was spent in and out of the hospital. One restless night, while she was prowling the hospital corridors undetected, she saw a boy with a broken arm. He looked sad, visibly in pain and alone. Andy was used to being left on his own. But that night, he appreciated Rachel’s company. A gentle friendship was formed; a connection that transcended time, distance, heartbreaks and tragedies.

How they fell in love.

Andy only had a stuffed toy to remember Rachel by; and Rachel only has her memories of a sad boy sitting alone in that waiting room. They met again in their teens. Before that, they had no means of communicating. On a church mission that both their schools participated in, they reconnected. And it was as if time spent apart held no meaning for the two. Andy recognized her at once, while Rachel could hardly believe what a handsome boy Andy grew up to be.  But it was during that time that Andy will realize that distance was not the only thing that was in between them.

How it all fell apart.

Years go by. They kept a long distance relationship that worked all through high school and for the better part of university. But people change. Priorities were rearranged; and the relationship that was working all of a sudden didn’t. It was during that time that Andy fully accepted that he’ll always be the bi-racial son of a single mother who’d known what it was like to be poor and to work extra hard if he wanted to stop wearing clothes handed down from his mother’s clients. Andy saw Rachel’s privileged and at times, frivolous up bringing. For a time, he was resigned to the fact that his relationship with Rachel would always just be ‘one of those things’ that just didn’t work out.

Then 9/11 happened.

How their story ends.

Read the book.


GOODREADS SUMMARY | Atria Books | August 11th, 2015 | Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars


 

 

 

 

  • I have read a book by her and I don’t think I liked it much. Course it wasn’t this one and this one sounds so very good! I don’t like romances with bad endings and the mention of 9/11 scares me. But I am glad you liked it so much!

  • Gorgeous review Joy. <3 YAY! So glad you liked this book so much 😀 It sounds different. But I could never read about a plot like this one, lol. Too much heartbreak. Ugh. But so glad it worked for you 🙂

  • This sounds like a bit of a tear jerker Joy! Glad you enjoyed it!

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

  • Oh how I love romances than span decades, there’s something incredibly magical about two people who will always navigate towards one another, The 9/11 part has me really intrigued now, I’m assuming it might be some sort of light bulb moment for them both, but of course I’ll have to read it now. Wonderful review Joy, can’t wait to grab a copy <3

  • Nicole Hewitt

    I love the sound of this one. It hadn’t really been on my radar before, so I’m glad you introduced me to it!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  • Ksenia

    I love your photo to this post.
    I haven’t heard about this author before, but you definitely picked my
    interest. Now I want to know how their story ends. Amazing review, Joy!

  • Rachel

    Your review is possibly one of the most persuasive things I’ve ever read. I’m salivating here!! Did you ever watch Remember Me with Robert Pattinson? I think you’d like it…

  • Melliane

    It sounds like a beautiful one, I hadn’t heard about this one but I think I should try.

    • You should, Melliane. Though not your usual fare, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as well. 🙂

  • Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    OH, I love the way you wrote this review! Damn, I definitely have to pick this up now. Great post!

  • I was all ready to figure out how the story ends, Joy!!! That was mean, but you’ve piqued my interest and I’m going to see if it’s possible to get a copy from the library or maybe an audiobook. I’m glad this went well for you though! 🙂

  • You’ve definitely introduced me to a new way of convincing me to read a book. Tell me enough details so that I know I am just going to love it and want to know how it ends, and then stop telling me about it DD: Now that I know this much I know I need to read the rest of this book… need more DD:

    • Yes! My plan worked!!! *insert evil laugh here*

  • I wonder how it ends

  • Oh wow, that sounds like such a great book. I have read several of Jennifer Weiner’s books and have loved every one. I had not heard about this one. I will be adding this one to my TBR for sure.

    • This was my first one. Definitely going to check out more of her work.

  • While I love happy endings, I also know that things don’t always work out, and the road is always rocky, so I’m always torn when trying to judge a book focused primarily on romance! Do I review with my heart or head? Ha, regardless, I’m glad you enjoyed this one!

    • Interesting, interesting. I tend to review with both. Unless it’s a book that didn’t make me feel anything, then I definitely use my head.

  • She sounds like my kind of author! I love authors that make the reader a part of the story. Can’t wait to read this one!

  • This is gEtting a lot of press and I admit I am curious. My first JW book I didn’t like, DNFd it, never revisited her work again. Maybe it was a mood thing back then? Not sure. Filing this under “one of these days”. Glad you Enjoyed your first JW!

    • Which one? You’ve got me curious. 🙂

      • The Next Best Thing. I was excited to have been approved an arc because I did enjoy In Her Shoes (the movie). Just couldn’t get into that including the prequel (?), Swim.

  • kindlemom1

    I love this: “I can see why she’s got a great following. There’s just something so natural about her writing that it almost felt like the reader is an invisible witness to the characters’ story.”

    She sounds like a wonderful author and one I need to try!

  • Jenny @ Supernatural Snark

    GAH! I need to know how it ends Joy! This is definitely one of those books where I’ll have to cheat and flip to the back first to make sure all ends okay 😉 I think I’ll have to skip the portion where they’re with other people as well, I don’t like for a couple to be with anyone other than one another either, even if there’s absolutely no cheating involved. I’m obsessed with monogamy when it comes to fictional relationships!

    • I’m evil, I know. I hope you’ll try it, Jenny.