Friday, July 31, 2015

Review: "Who Do You Love" by Jennifer Weiner

From Goodreads: 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 Thoughts: I thought this book was absolutely adorable!  I have always enjoyed Jennifer Weiner's books and this one is no exception. The characters were great and the romance was really sweet.  It was a perfect summer read!

Rachel and Andy randomly meet when they are 8 years old and don't see each other again for years.  They almost seem like magnets, they can be separated but they innately want to come back together.  Their relationship is complicated by race and upbringing and while they loved each other deeply, their relationship tended to be tumultuous..  I really enjoyed these two characters anad watching them grow and mature throughout the book. Rachel was kind of spoiled brat in the beginning and she became such a strong, caring woman.  Andy also became better over the years; less angry and more open.  Even though Andy made some royally bad decisions, I still liked him as a character and kind of felt bad for him.  There were also a lot of great side characters in this book too.  Mr. Sills was my favorite.  He was the voice of reason and the one constant in Andy's life.  Without his mentorship, Andy would never have been able to make it as far as he did.

I did find the ending of this book to be a little abrupt and almost too perfect but as a whole, I really loved this book.  I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for fun and romance.  4 stars.

I received a copy of this book from Engelman & Co and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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