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Love the One You're With

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Love the One You're With

The bottom line is that love, and the work it takes to make a committed relationship succeed, is a very messy process, one that many of us like to gloss over in hindsight. This book doesn't do that and I would argue that it's one of the most truthful depictions of that ...
The bottom line is that love, and the work it takes to make a committed relationship succeed, is a very messy process, one that many of us like to gloss over in hindsight. This book doesn't do that and I would argue that it's one of the most truthful depictions of that proces I've read in a long time. After I finished the final page, I was left wondering if the relationship that remained at the end of the book worked out in the long run. I am guessing that's the quesiton the author wanted to leave us to ponder. I found this book a bit difficult at first because the narrator seemed, I don't know, spineless in a way. How easily she acquiesced to her ex-boyfriend's proposal of being "friends," how she couldn't conjure up anger at what he did to her in the past, etc. This didn't seem particularly promising since the entire book is told from this woman's (seemingly) weak perspective. There is never a "repeat" when it comes to love stories. Even though the drama may have happened once or twice before (girl meets man, girl loves man, girl meets new man, girl loves new man, girl loves both men, girl has to choose) the storytelling that surrounds the drama is what makes a book good or not.
Ms Giffin is talented in that she makes me care for her characters. Even though I want to strangle them for some of their decisions, I still care about them and really just want them to be happy in the end. This book keeps your interest pretty much the whole time. It is very relatable. I've read all of Emily Giffin's book and I love them all.

posted by readtolive_livetoread on September 26, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

12 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

Not my Favorite

I loved Emily Giffin's previous works. I found the charactors funny, likeable, and relatable. However, I was completely sick of Ellen about a third of the way in. I read this book in just two days, but not because I couldn't put it down. It was because I just wanted it ...
I loved Emily Giffin's previous works. I found the charactors funny, likeable, and relatable. However, I was completely sick of Ellen about a third of the way in. I read this book in just two days, but not because I couldn't put it down. It was because I just wanted it to be over. I didn't find Ellen funny or endearing, and quiet frankly, I thought she was a selfish person. Yes, we all have to make decisions in life, but she should have explored these feelings before she got married, not after. It was very tough to emphasize with her self destructive, immature behavior. I didn't find this book suspensful at all, just annoying.

posted by 1456318 on June 11, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    Skip this one!

    I bought this expecting it to be a great read like Something Borrowed and Something Blue. I was so dissapointed and found myself hating the main character. I was annoyed with her foolish behavior and lack of respect for people who loved her. I only finished this book because I wanted to make sure she wasn't a total moron. I'm leary to buy any more more of her books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Not Giffin's Best.

    It was draggy and boring.

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  • Posted May 31, 2011

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    boring

    Dumb Dumb book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2010

    Total waste of time

    I got this as a bargain book for only $3.99 and that was a waste of money. It's just boring. The writing style is awful. Don't buy it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2009

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    Not Worth Reading

    I kept waiting for the book to pick up pace but it never did. I read half way through and thought I can't take it anymore and skipped to the last two chapters. The story was uninspired!! Why is it that some women mistake lust and distant men for true love. The character Andy is a loving, caring and good-looking guy that Ellen can't appreciate. She's the kind of women you want to yell "SNAP OUT OF IT AND USE YOUR BRAIN!!!".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2009

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    Don't Bother

    This was by far the worse book written by this author. Each time I turned the page I couldn't help but think, "Who Cares?". Do not bother reading this book. It was so bad I couldn't even finish it.

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  • Posted December 30, 2008

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    Just End Already

    I found this book difficult to get into (it took me three months to read it). The book had way too much back story and the juicy stuff happens in the last 40-80 pages of the novel. When it looked as though something great was about to happen, the story line just stopped with no rhyme or reason. Overall, I would say Emily Giffin FAILED with this book. Her other books: Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and Baby Proof got my attention and I could not wait to finish it and read the next book. You couldn¿t help but to fall in love with the characters and their mishaps, which left you wanting more. Unfortunately, I just wanted Love the One You're With to end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2008

    Awful

    My book club chose this book as this month¿s selection, and that is the only reason I finished it ¿ although I found myself skimming pages just to be through. There were so many times I wanted to grab the protagonist and tell her to stop whining and get on with really living. Her husband was too one dimensional to be real and the ¿one that got away¿ was an emotional abuser. Yes, she was dealt some blows in life, who hasn¿t been? But a strong woman learns and grows from them ¿ not retreats back to being self-pitying and spineless. This is the first one of this author¿s works that I have read. She is now on my ¿don¿t even bother to waste your money list.¿ Sorry, ladies, this doesn¿t even make it to my list of mindless beach reads.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2008

    Horrible book

    Don't waste your time. This book did not compare to Something Borrowed or Something Blue. It had way too much narration and description about the past. I want to know about the future! I couldn't even finish the book. Nothing really happens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2008

    Worst Chic Lit Ever - Burn It

    I've never been compelled to write a review, until now. The main character Ellen is completely, outrageously dumb. For 300 pages she is pining after her x-boyfriend Leo, who by the way treated her like garbage when they were going out, even though she is married with the most perfect husband, Andy. I felt no connection to the character at all. To me, she was just 'that girl' that always wants what she can't have. In this case it was the loser ex who is nothing compared to her husband. I can't believe this is the same author that wrote Something Blue and Something Borrowed. At least in those books the characters redeem themselves. After reading Baby Proof and now this, I don't think I can pick up another Emily Giffin book again...unless it's to re-read Something Blue or Something Borrowed

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