Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner
"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 alone with a broken arm. He tells her his name. She tells him a story. Rachel grew up in an affluent Florida suburb; Andy grows up in inner-city Philadelphia with a single mom and a rare talent for running. Over the next three decades, Andy and Rachel will meet again and again--linked by chance, history, and the memory of the first time they met, a night that changed the course of both their lives. A sweeping story of love across time, Who Do You Love is an extraordinary novel about the way people change and change each other, and one that will stay with you long after you've turned the last page."
This is a shereads.org book of spring. I'm a little late in posting. All that end of school year stuff is crazy!! Field day, book swap, awards, recitals......and on and on. So anyway, I'm just now getting to my review. I liked this book; it is perfect chick-flic material! Both of the main characters are developed well. They're so cute in the beginning. Each has had to deal with hard circumstances, but completely different. I loved the scene in the hospital when they met, it was so sweet. As time goes on and they get older, Rachel and Andy's personalities, attitudes, and priorities change. It's an interesting dynamic because they both went through stages where I'd love them one chapter and dislike them the next. Rachel at college drove me crazy. However, Andy during intense training drove me crazy. And then their circumstances would change, along with their attitudes and priorities, and I'd like them again. Both characters seemed authentic and real. I liked Ms. Weiner's writing style, and I couldn't put the book down. Her style grabs your attention and pulls you into the story. It's easy to read, but not simplistic. I did have to flip back to the chapter headings a few times to remind myself what year I was in, but it got easier as I continued reading. The book was a little predictable, and sappy, but isn't that what we love about chick-flics? I liked that the characters each learned life lessons along the way, and that they weren't static, but that they grew along the way. I enjoyed getting caught up in Rachel and Andy's story; it was sweet and fun with some twists and turns along the way.
There is some profanity in the book, but not a ton. There isn't any violence, but there is a lot of "intimacy." There are scenes that are quite descriptive, innuendos, and discussions about. It was a bit too much for me, honestly. I would have enjoyed it more if it would have been toned down a bit. I did enjoy this story and would recommend it with the above warnings.
Rating: R (This book is not appropriate for YA or younger readers. There isn't any violence, but there is some profanity. There is a lot of "intimacy," and some of it is quite detailed and descriptive.)