I had never heard of Jennifer Weiner before I got Who Do You Love, but this book definitely makes me want to read her other novels.
Rachel Blum is eight years old – in the hospital again because of her congenital heart defect – when she meets Andy Landis, also eight years old. This chance meeting is the beginning of a lifelong relationship between the two.
Rachel lives in Florida and wants for nothing. At least nothing material. However, because of her heart defect, her parents spend all of their time worrying about her and keeping her from being a kid. Andy grows up in Philadelphia with a single mom. His mom, having to work long hours to keep a roof over their heads, is never home, so he spends his time running.
Rachel and Andy meet again and again throughout their lives by chance, and what starts off as a friendship grows into a romantic relationship. One that changes both of their lives forever. Although outside forces keep them apart at times, the effect that they have on each other is always prevalent.
This book is probably one of the best that I have read in a long time. Although it got a little slow after Rachel and Andy’s chance meeting in the hospital, it picked back up after a chapter or two. I am so glad that I didn’t let the slower chapters keep me from finishing the book, because it turned out amazing.
I love that the story is told from both Rachel and Andy’s perspectives. It gave the story line the depth that it needed to be interesting and to keep me hooked and emotionally invested in both characters. I also think that Jennifer Weiner did a fantastic job covering such a large span of time. She effectively shows the reader the significance of Rachel having Andy in her life and vice versa.
Both Rachel and Andy are very well-developed characters and there were never any instances that had me asking whether or not the character would make the decision he or she made. Jennifer developed the characters so well that I felt as if I knew them.
I also love the author’s writing style. It is relaxed but also still interesting. There aren’t any areas that are distracting because of flowery writing. All of the words felt as if they needed to be there. Every word was vital to the overall story. Even the slower, less action-packed parts had an importance that became apparent later on in the book.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, and I look forward to reading more books by Jennifer Weiner.
Bethany Kelly is currently getting her MFA at Goddard College and has a BA in English. She is a writer, editor, and stay-at-home mother and wife who spends her spare time (when she has some) reading and cooking. Check out her website at www.bckwritingcorner.com.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Washington Square Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.