Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee
From the “hilarious, heartbreaking, and insightful” (The Miami Herald) bestselling 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.
Andy and Rachel first meet in an emergency waiting room when they are only eight years old. Rachel, having been a constant hospital attendee due to her fragile heart, introduces herself to the lonely boy in the waiting room. Andy has always felt alone in his world; being half black and half white has given Andy a feeling of not belonging to anyone. His mother is negligent and selfish; his father passed when he was only an infant. Andy feels like he lives under a constant dark cloud until he meets Rachel, a shining light in a dim room. It almost feels like a metaphor – being in a waiting room, not knowing that the one thing, one person, Andy was waiting for was Rachel.
“Did any love ever feel as sweet as first love?”
WHO DO YOU LOVE follows Rachel and Andy through the years after meeting on that one fateful night. They grow apart and come together constantly; they learn to live without each other yet know they don’t want to be without the other. However, their dreams and aspirations were never on the same page, each taking them in opposite directions.
Andy was the all-star runner who ran because it was his own coping mechanism; a distraction from his messed up life. Rachel grew up privileged, a child who would want nothing except for love and a healthy heart. I loved her character’s development because you get to see how her views on life change throughout her life; she’s an ever changing woman who demands respect and deserves nothing less than the earth-shattering kind of love she’s always wanted.
“I’d thought that Andy was my destiny, but maybe he was more of a life lesson.”
This story is about learning to love what you have, making sacrifices for the ones you love and figuring out how to get through life’s messy situations, unscathed. Were Andy and Rachel soul mates? Were soul mates a reality? Jennifer Weiner’s writing will make you believe that fate is tangible and true love is inescapable.
About the AuthorJennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twelve books, including Good in Bed, In Her Shoes, which was made into a major motion picture, and Who Do You Love. A graduate of Princeton University and contributor to the New York Times Opinion section, Jennifer lives with her family in Philadelphia. Visit her online at JenniferWeiner.com.
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