Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Love the One You're With by Emily Giffin~★★★★

Author: Emily Giffin
Title: Love the One You're With
Release Date: May 13th, 2008
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genre: Fiction

Book Jacket: "Ellen and Andy's marriage doesn't just seem perfect. It is perfect. There is no question how deep their devotion is, and how naturally they bring out the best in each other. But one fateful afternoon, Ellen runs into Leo for the first time of eight years. Leo, the one who left her heartbroken with no explanation. Leo, the one she could never quite forget. When his reappearance ignites long-dormant emotions, Ellen begins to question whether the life she's living is the one she's meant to have.
Love the One You're With is a powerful story about one woman at the crossroads of true love and real life."

Taryn's Review: The author did a great job of making the reader feel just as confused as Ellen did in her downward spiral into a pool of old feelings. At times, I knew Ellen was making a bad choice and I berated her in my mind. Then, in other moments, you could feel your heart fluttering along with Ellen's, even though you knew it shouldn't be fluttering in the first place.

I really enjoyed the book because at some point we all look back at past relationships and wonder what really did go wrong. We can all relate to Ellen at the awkward moment of running into an ex, as well as the nostalgia of what was so right during the relationship. During the nostalgia, however, the pain, the hurt, and the reason for the termination can many times seem so distant, while it really should be at the forefront of your mind. I think Ellen's choices highlighted how often we, as flawed humans, can alter our feelings about things when we truly want to. One person can have everything his or her heart desires, but in the next moment, convince himself or herself that he or she has nothing at all if the need or want arises.

I've seen people in real life stand Ellen's shoes and make terrible choices. We all have questioned ourselves, our choices, our lives. But not all go as far as Ellen did. I couldn't give the book five stars because things wrapped up a little too quickly and easily for me, but overall, I think it was a good book and one that is relevant in many of our lives more often than we'd like to admit when it comes to a broken heart. I really loved Giffin's style of both relating to the reader and being able to connect the emotions of Ellen with those of the reader, even when the emotions are questionable.

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