Who do you love by Jennifer Weiner
Genre: contemporary romance
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.
With honesty, wit, and clear-eyed observations about men and women, love and fate, and the truth about happy endings, Jennifer Weiner delivers two of her most memorable characters, and a love story you’ll never forget.
For those that know me, know I’ve read a lot of books. This book had me befuddled. The heroine’s point of view is told in first person, the hero’ in third. I really enjoyed the first part of it. The way these two meet are completely unique and very sweet. Life moves forward and they cross paths again. This time they get to develop their relationship and this is where you really see true colours coming through.
For a girl who has a heart condition, she certainly shows glimmers of not even having a heart. She’s socially inept and this is one of her biggest failings, thank god for Andy who has experienced a crap childhood.
What I really enjoyed was how my sympathies changed for the characters as their stories unfolded. To start with, I didn’t feel anything for Andy but then learning of his hardships, my heart went out to him.
I’ve said it before in other reviews that when an author can make me take stock of my own life through their writing and their character’s stories, they have done well. As much as some of the story seemed bogged down, the ending seemed to be a rushed one for me. You’ll just have to read the book and find out for yourself.
I was kindly given a copy of this book by the publisher, Simon & Schuster, getting a copy of this book for free did not sway my opinion.
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