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The Love of My Youth

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

A Gem of a Read

This charming story, which has had many variations in literature, is as much about choices and change as it is about revisiting youth's lost love. Adam, who epitomized the dream boyfriend of many idealistic young women of his generation, reconnects with Miranda after a ...
This charming story, which has had many variations in literature, is as much about choices and change as it is about revisiting youth's lost love. Adam, who epitomized the dream boyfriend of many idealistic young women of his generation, reconnects with Miranda after a nearly 40-year separation that had been precipitated by a life-changing event for both of them. For me, one of the pleasures of reading this book was the writer's ability to capture the characters' choices and the self-realization they awakened, not as "better" or "worse" by some external moral standard, but simply as different for each of them, and as extensions of the individuals they already were when first they met.

posted by catwak on April 24, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Won't buy another Mary Gordon book

I so looked forward to this book. I've never read anything by Mary Gordon, but the overview on BN sounded very interesting. Took the book with me to read during a flight to/from a business trip and regretted my choice. The concept was good, but I found the characters...
I so looked forward to this book. I've never read anything by Mary Gordon, but the overview on BN sounded very interesting. Took the book with me to read during a flight to/from a business trip and regretted my choice. The concept was good, but I found the characters boring and egotistical...probably won't even finish the book.

posted by JacksonvilleReader on April 12, 2011

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  • Posted April 12, 2011

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    Won't buy another Mary Gordon book

    I so looked forward to this book. I've never read anything by Mary Gordon, but the overview on BN sounded very interesting. Took the book with me to read during a flight to/from a business trip and regretted my choice. The concept was good, but I found the characters boring and egotistical...probably won't even finish the book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    Disappointed

    The characters are pretentious, full of themselves, egotistical -- call it what you will. The writing leans in that direction as well. I have struggled through about half the book and it's likely I won't bother to finish it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2011

    A Gem of a Read

    This charming story, which has had many variations in literature, is as much about choices and change as it is about revisiting youth's lost love. Adam, who epitomized the dream boyfriend of many idealistic young women of his generation, reconnects with Miranda after a nearly 40-year separation that had been precipitated by a life-changing event for both of them. For me, one of the pleasures of reading this book was the writer's ability to capture the characters' choices and the self-realization they awakened, not as "better" or "worse" by some external moral standard, but simply as different for each of them, and as extensions of the individuals they already were when first they met.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2013

    I don't think I was supposed to hate the main characters by the

    I don't think I was supposed to hate the main characters by the end of the book, but I did. Miserable louts!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

    not worth reading

    the characters are pretentious and boring. Who actually talks like Miranda and Adam, especially old lovers who are reminiscing? I will probably finish just to see what the big deal between them was but I would not recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2014

    Had high hopes for this book, but it left me flat. A totally fo

    Had high hopes for this book, but it left me flat. A totally forgettable book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    Honest and reflective

    I read this book while in Italy and wondering "what if". I appreciated the sober look at the past and present which could shape the future. Highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Worth the time.

    Took a bit to get I to it, but story interesting and worth reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    An okay read

    A little labored and self indulgent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2011

    A lovely read

    She puts my thoughts on paper i feel so satisfied religion art politcs love family-----i adore all her work

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