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Most Helpful Favorable Review

35 out of 41 people found this review helpful.

Sets the stage for 2010 summer reads.

Heart of the Matter is an astounding and contemporary read. This book is layered, told from two points of view from a brokenhearted single mother struggling with circumstances she did not wish for herself and a stay at home mother battling through the boredom and monoto...
Heart of the Matter is an astounding and contemporary read. This book is layered, told from two points of view from a brokenhearted single mother struggling with circumstances she did not wish for herself and a stay at home mother battling through the boredom and monotony of motherhood. Both women are on a mission for personal fulfillment in the novel as their lives become connected by a heartbreaking accident. The story is a page turner filled with emotion jerking words that are both relatable and tangible.





I appreciated the detailed medical procedures, sports matches and elementary schools application process scenes that I possibly would not have understood otherwise without the author being so descriptive in her writing. The author also has an aptitude for understanding the human experience, especially the experience of living amongst the judgment, rivalry, loneliness, need to feel completed and to be continually happy that many women face today as well as men. Many love her earlier books but I will have to go out on a possibly blasphemous limb and say that Heart of the Matter is her best, should they ever be compared. The content of the book is true literary escapism and so true to life. Single, married, old, young and women from any walk of life can relate to this book. Please do not dismiss this book as a narrative lacking substance. There is so much to this story. Well done Emily Giffin, five stars well deserved!

posted by Jeanelle_C on May 15, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

13 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

Could have been better.

I have read all of Emily Giffin's books and this one was too predictable from the beginning and wasn't what I expected. I had read another book written in the same format where each chapter was a different person telling their story, but it had substance to it that kep...
I have read all of Emily Giffin's books and this one was too predictable from the beginning and wasn't what I expected. I had read another book written in the same format where each chapter was a different person telling their story, but it had substance to it that kept me turning the pages and waiting for things to be unveiled. This book was a fast read, but that is all it was. There could have been much more to the story and the title of the book, I feel, does not fit the story that was told. Like others have said, it is the typical book where man cheats on wife and wife takes husband back. I agree that Tess took him back way too quickly. It's like Giffin needed to finish the story and rushed through the end. I know it leaves room for our imagination, but there are strings to tie to help reach that point and create a solid story. Maybe I am being a bit harsh, but I have read better and this is my personal opinion. I just feel that this story was not the WOW that I expected, because I knew it could have been a better story.

posted by LaBrujaBuena on May 21, 2010

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  • Posted July 11, 2010

    Heart of the Matter is disappointing and depressing!

    All I can sum up after reading this book is how depressing it is for both the reader and the characters! I was waiting for some great climax to appear and received nothing but a story so overwritten and acted out in the real world. Cold, disheartening and utterly disappointing. My heart goes out to the poor victim in the story which is Charlie. He gets a raw deal and the author could have given him a better storyline and brought more emotion to the reader! Sorry Big thumbs down on this one and I really have loved all her books!

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  • Posted May 20, 2010

    Detested Valerie

    I wasn't too crazy about Nick either.

    Valerie, imho, was a whiney witch. I felt for Charlie, not for his mother. The "poor me" single mom who doesn't feel worthy. She had the affair with an unsuitable cad, got pregnant, which is irresponsible and chooses to raise her son on her own. So far, okay, I can understand the situation. She takes her anger and loneliness out on Tess (indirectly) who did nothing to deserve it. Well, boo flippin' hoo. Get over yourself and deal with life on life's terms.

    As someone else said, I'm sick of books with "my wife doesn't pay enough attention to me" husbands using those feelings as an excuse for an affair. How about paying a little to her for a change? Stay at home motherhood can be at the same time intensely rewarding and crazymaking. Maybe we all need to be a little more honest about it.

    The book is well written, as are all of this author's offerings. I would have preferred Tess to have a bit more backbone and Valerie to be a bit less cloying. I actually liked Tess' mom. I thought she had her life (and her daughter's) pretty well figured out.

    I wanted the ending to be different. Would have vastly preferred Tess to tell Nick he must earn his way back, rather than the quick return. I guess that wouldn't have been the "happy" ending, though.

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