From the "hilarious, heartbreaking, and insightful" (The Miami Herald) best-selling author Jennifer Weiner comes a sweeping, modern-day fairy tale about first romance and lasting love.
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.
©2015 Jennifer Weiner, Inc. (P)2015 Simon & Schuster
So much character development, then felt like a very quick ending. Narration was just not my style...not awful, but I noticed it even after the first few hours, which is unusual. Usually I adjust quickly.
I am a retired Army veteran and love to read. I like murder mystery, but enjoy nonfiction. I am a long time Star Trek fan.
I loved the characters. They were believe-able and in line with the demographics of today. The storyline was good, but there was a lot going on with the back and forth between current day and the past. I didn't like that so much sadness had to come to teach a lesson. A almost perfect ending. Once the end came, I wanted a little more glimpse of the future.
This was such a great book. Up until an hour until the ending. I found myself looking at my time left in the book and being frustrated because I knew there wasn't enough time to wrap it up properly.
The ending felt rushed. It felt like Jennifer slow walked us to the end of the story and then slammed the book shut in our face leaving us wanting more closure. More answers. I was disappointed that there wasn't more time devoted to closure.
Not my favorite weiner book, but it could have been.
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This book is so much more than a love story. The character development is so rich, handling each main character as individuals not just part of a couple. The evolution of Andy is particularly believable. And Rachel is not a sick little girl throughout. It's only part of her story.
The description of the first sexual union is Audible clip-worthy...passionate, yet loving and tender.
This is a book about being true to yourself and what happens when you are not. Of all the Jennifer Weiner books I've read, this is the one I'd most like to see made into a movie, with Morgan Freeman or Denzel Washington as Mr. Sills.
Beautiful love story that was not sappy and completely Nicholas Sparks like but very real life and relatable. Was so sad when it ended ! Jennifer Weiner does it again. Love all her books and it's just another beautifully written and smart novel. Highly suggested!
The writer leaned on cheesy, limp, ascriptions on the characters.
I actually ''cringed'' at some lines. And, ''I was born with a broken heart'' ??? ...lord.
A lot was simply unresolved. Some of the decision just felt untrue and some exchanges were quite insincere. how does someone with the clarity of purpose to win an Olympic game simply go limp at the prospect of talking to the woman he knows is his one?
the performance was great, but you cannot make gold out of a story that isn't.
I liked these characters. They we're richly depicted with flaws and insecurity. They both made bad decisions, which can be frustrations, but it's frustrating because the reader is grated in their stories. I would have enjoyed an epilogue, but overall the ending was sufficient. I enjoyed seeing how their relationship evolved offer many years. It seemed very realistic. I have many other novels by Weiner and I think this is her most mature and richly characterized work. I am glad I purchased it. Also, I thought the voice actors were perfect
Told in snippets of time and from two points of view, the story follows the lives of two imperfect children who are better when they are together but, but due to widely different financial & familial influences, fumble their relationship several times as they grow up. The characters are so well-developed, I found myself cheering for each of them to succeed, both on their own & together.
I read all of this author's books, but this one wasn't my favorite. Decent characters, but predictable plot.
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