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Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Right from the very first page, I knew I was going to love Taylor Jenkins Reid’s newest heroine, Emma Blair. From how she viewed herself to her thoughts on love, I could very much identify with Emma. Her first person narrative takes readers on a heartbreaking journey in One True Loves as Emma finds love, loses love, and then has a second chance at love.

In a story such as this one where the main character must seemingly make a decision between two men, there is often one man that is more of a villain than the other. But Emma has two very different men fighting for her heart, on a level playing field. Jesse is Emma’s high school sweetheart, whom she eventually marries. Life throws Emma a curve ball when Jesse is suspected to be dead after his helicopter goes down over the ocean.

Several years after Jesse’s presumed death, Emma is finally moving on with her life. Sam, someone she also knew in high school, comes back into her life. Emma falls in love for the second time, and just as she is about to marry him, Jesse is found and comes home. Will Emma and Jesse find their way back to one another, or has Emma moved on completely from her past?

One True Loves was very much a page-turner for me; I had a difficult time concentrating on anything else because I wanted desperately to know how Emma’s life would turn out and whom she would choose. I didn’t prefer one of the men over the other; I thought they were both good with Emma, but that it depended on when each was a part of her life.

I think I did know how everything would resolve itself, but I didn’t necessarily agree with the path that Emma took to get there. My heart aches for anyone who may have gone through a real-life version of this story; it’s impossible for anyone to make it through without getting hurt and losing someone he or she loves. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a master at confronting matters of the heart head-on and keeping her readers’ attention from the beginning to the end.


Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Washington Square Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

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