Friday, 8 January 2016

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 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.

Who Do you Love is the second book I have read by Jennifer Weiner, as I opened the first page of this book but what I found was a rather pleasant read. There were no dramatic twists and turns that kept you on your toes instead it had a consistent flow to the storyline and although it was quite easy to guess what the outcome would be I enjoyed the difficult journey both Andy and Rachel went through.

The book flows at a gentle pace and we meet both of our main characters at a young age when Rachel is in hospital due to her heart defect and this was where she first met Andy who had ended up in emergency with a suspected broken arm. We then follow each of the characters as they grow up and weave in and out of each other’s lives. We see how different their lives are from one another’s. Both of the characters are well developed and easy to warm to and shine above all of the supporting characters.

There are various topics that are covered in this storyline such as racism and broken families but each topic was handled beautiful and made this a deeper more meaningful read. The romance was believable and it makes you see that sometimes love isn’t enough and that at times love comes along at the wrong time.

This was a touching heartfelt love story that took a while to get into but that had a certain tenderness about it that managed to keep me intrigued in the plot. I would give this book a three and a half to a four star rating because I did enjoy the storyline and I loved the characters but the pace of the book was too slow all the way through for me. I remember the previous book I read by this author I found the pace of the book really slow to begin with but eventually it picked up whereas the pace in this book is gently paced the whole way through. I will definitely pick up another of the authors books because I enjoy her storylines and writing styles.

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