Jul 01, Judy D Collins rated it really liked it Shelves: books-read-in , new-releases , chick-lit , netgalley-arc , audiobook , jennifer-weiner. A love story is sparked by the chance encounter at a hospital between Rachel Blum, a privileged Jewish Floridian, and Andy Landis, a poor, bi-racial boy from Philadelphia, who later in life becomes an Olympic athlete. Two young children are looking for the perfect grown-up life. Rachel Blum has lived a sheltered life, born with a congenital heart defect, she has not had a normal life.
Her parents over overprotective and she has spent plenty of time in and out of hospitals. She comes from a well-to-do family and financial security. She never feels like she belongs. As a child, she met a boy named Andy Landis in the hospital ER. They never see each other until years later. Andy Landis, on the other hand, comes from a poor humble beginning.
Raised by a single mother, in Philadelphia they never have money and his dad died years before, so he never knew him. His mom encouraged him to channel his rage into running. He finds he is good at running, and becoming a devoted athlete. He becomes obsessed with being the best runner in the world. From scholarships to gold medals. However, when he becomes famous, the reporters dig up his dad and his past. When is achieving enough? When is it time to stop? Years later, two misfits, with different backgrounds, meet again and begin dating while in high school and college.
They are close, share the most intimate moments; connected in many ways; however, as most kids in college, they do not always see eye to eye. They compare other people in their lives, to their first love. From the geographical distance which separates them, plus different colleges, and diverse backgrounds, from childhood love to teenage, college, to adulthood.
Will fate bring them back together? Poor choices, a drive to succeed, the need for a perfect life—will their differences and desires drive them further away, or back to one another. Can you go back? Soul mates? Rachel is flawed, realistic, imperfect, and always trying to do better. Andy is continuously striving for more, to be good enough to fit in. When they both lose everything, will they turn to one another once again for rediscovery?
Are the goals in our lives more important than the people? Do we lose part of ourselves on the climb? Sometimes the journey is more important. Now decades later after college, to adulthood--will they find their way back to one another? From high school, college, gold medals, marriage, pregnancy, social work, Sports Illustrated, and other partners—with unexpected turns. How do you act when you have lost it all? A coming-of-age, a journey, as two characters, find their way in this complex world we call life.
In the midst of the love story, we find those who impacted and touched their lives. There is also prison, racial, issues, body image, abandoned parent, alcoholism, cheating, infidelity, snobbery, drugs, bullying, parenting, and injustice, plus more social issues. I would have most likely given a higher rating if I had read the book, versus listening to the audio. She was bland, boring, and it became almost difficult to listen, turning it off numerous times.
Two characters you will remember, long after the book ends. Chick-lit and Weiner fans will love it. I enjoyed reading the inspiration behind the story from Weiner. It got me thinking about time, and the nature of love, and how it changes as people change. Aug 29, Elaine rated it really liked it. For the most part I really enjoyed this read. It is a story about soul mates and destiny.
Rachel comes from a wealthy Jewish family and in many respects leads something of a charmed spoiled existence. On the other hand, Andy is of mixed race and comes from a very po For the most part I really enjoyed this read. On the other hand, Andy is of mixed race and comes from a very poor single parent family. Can they overcome the fundamental differences in their lifestyles and the attitudes that they have grown up with?
Told from alternate view points each lead lives that you want to read about, interesting ones and you really get to know the characters. You start to root for them and want them to get it together and have a happy ever after, but it just never looks to be on the cards. There were several times in the read when I wanted to shout at Andy in particular for the decisions he made.
It is a good multi layered read, that kept me interested but I was a little disappointed in the ending which just felt a little too rushed. Many thanks to the publisher via Netgalley for the review copy. Aug 18, Cynthia rated it liked it Shelves: books-read-in The title of this book is particularly apt since the characters ask themselves this very question throughout the book…not that they always ask it well or listen to their hearts but they ask it nonetheless.
I think older teens or young adults would particularly be drawn to the storyline. The number of coincidences s The title of this book is particularly apt since the characters ask themselves this very question throughout the book…not that they always ask it well or listen to their hearts but they ask it nonetheless. The number of coincidences stretch believability but once you let go of that enjoy the ride. Thank you to the publisher for providing an e-copy.
I did not like this book. I thought it was ridiculous. I did not like either main character. I thought their relationship was fake. There was dialogue like: "Hi. Are you hungry? And it dragged on and on and on and on and on with unnecessary details. And the ended was totally rushed. Like Weiner's editor she had to finish NOW! View all 4 comments. Rachel Blum met Andy Landis for the first time when they were eight.
Rachel was born with a heart condition and she spent most of her childhood and adolescence inside the walls of a hospital. She meets Andy when he breaks his arm and she keeps him company in the ER until his mother comes and gets him.
Andy grows up poor and without a father. He deals with his proble "Sometimes I wish it had been you. He deals with his problems with his only pastime: running. I could see goose bumps on his arms, underneath the short sleeves of his shirt. My nana made it herself. She knits. I was running out of things to talk about or ask about, so I picked up my bear. Sometimes if there were little kids in the playroom I would do it for them, make the stuffed bears and owls and rabbits pretend to meet each other, or go to the first day of school, or get in fights.
You can change it. You can keep him if you want to. My dad brings one every day. I think they sell them in the gift store.
All the dads bring them. The boy looked at my incision. You could just see the very top of it underneath the collar of my pajama top. I was trying hard not to think about how bad it had been, and, if I needed another operation, how bad it would be again. My dad just brings me presents and barely even talks to me at all. Nobody wants to play with me at recess. He looked at the bear. He straightened his shoulders, wincing as his arm shifted.
There were only two black kids in my entire school, and neither one was in my class. His leg started to jiggle again, bouncing faster and faster. All I could ever do was walk on the sand and dip my feet in the foam, with my mother trailing behind me in a wide-brimmed hat, watching everything I did.
Her gaze would bounce back and forth, from my feet to the water, as if a wave might surge up and snatch me away. I preferred swimming pools, and all the houses in our neighborhood had them in the backyard, rectangles or ovals of clear, chlorinated blue. No seaweed, no waves, no chance of getting towed out to Cuba, no strange things lurking down in the depths. He had beautifully shaped lips, full and pink, as if an artist had taken a lot of time to draw them and color them in.
I thought he was cuter than Bryan Adams, the singer who Alice said was the cutest boy in the world. The water was really cold at first, and there was seaweed. I wish I could have stayed forever, but my mom got a sunburn and we had to go back. I thought for a minute, flipping through my mental inventory before I made my voice as deep and spooky as I could. They lived in a simple cottage in the deepest, darkest part of the forest, where the sun shone for only one hour every day.
And even though the woodcutter worked from morning until night, he could not earn enough money to buy food for his family, and they slowly began to starve. I thought about it. Then I deepened it again.
I continued the story, about how the woodcutter and his wife became so desperate that they decided to leave the children in the woods, thinking, as I spoke, that my story might have been the wrong choice.
Abandoned children in the forest sounded an awful lot like an abandoned boy in the emergency room. But it was too late to go back. Also, they were moldy. They were green as emeralds with mold! I caught the word Barbie a few times. How they slept out alone in the dark woods, with all kinds of scary growls and screeches echoing through the night, with only pine needles for beds and leaves for blankets. I told how they caught a single tiny fish and cooked it over a fire they started by banging a rock against a piece of flint that they found in the river.
The teenager got up and sauntered through the swinging doors on giant basketball shoes that made his feet look too big for his legs, with his mom, still holding her magazine, behind him. She had curly black hair like wires, and a big red wart on her chin.
I will show you a sight such as you have never seen! She stopped and scanned the crowd, her head turning from side to side until she spotted Andy. She had a tangle of taffy-blond hair and wore high black boots, blue jeans, and a low-cut black top. Plot Summary. Plot Keywords. Parents Guide. External Sites. User Reviews. User Ratings. External Reviews. Metacritic Reviews. Photo Gallery. Trailers and Videos. Crazy Credits. Alternate Versions.
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