Opposite of Love

Opposite of Love

by Julie Buxbaum
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Opposite of Love by Julie Buxbaum

With perfect pitch for the humor and heartbreak of everyday life, Julie Buxbaum has fashioned a heroine who will be instantly recognizable to anyone who has loved and lost and loved again.

When successful twenty-nine-year-old Manhattan attorney Emily Haxby ends her happy relationship just as her boyfriend is on the verge of proposing, she can’t explain to even her closest friends why she did it. Somewhere beneath her sense of fun, her bravado, and her independent exterior, Emily knows that her breakup with Andrew has less to do with him and more to do with...her. “You’re your own worst enemy,” her best friend Jess tells her. “It’s like you get pleasure out of breaking your own heart.”

As the holiday season looms and Emily contemplates whether she made a huge mistake, the rest of her world begins to unravel: she is assigned to a multimillion-dollar lawsuit where she must defend the very values she detests by a boss who can’t keep his hands to himself; her Grandpa Jack, a charming, feisty octogenarian and the person she cares most about in the world, is losing it, while her emotionally distant father has left her to cope with this alone; and underneath it all, fading memories of her deceased mother continue to remind her that love doesn’t last forever.

How this brave, original young heroine finally decides to take control of her life and face the fears that have long haunted her is the great achievement of Julie Buxbaum’s marvelous first novel. Written with the authority, grace, and wisdom of an author far beyond her years, The Opposite of Love heralds the debut of a remarkable talent in contemporary fiction.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440337447
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/29/2008
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 23,941
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Julie Buxbaum is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law School. The Opposite of Love is her first novel.


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Opposite of Love 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
BookWorm90210 More than 1 year ago
No matter where you are in your life you can relate to something that happens in this story. I couldn't put the it down.
catgurrrl More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I recommend this book to every one!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book had me reading until it was done. I am a person that gets distracted easily and forget that I was reading a book, well with this book I wanted to read more all the time. I could not put it down and I hope that Julie writes more like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book should not be characterized as 'chick lit' it is so much more than that I must admit it was what I expected, however, especially as a first novel (please keep writing more), I was blown away it was heartfelt, inspiring, funny, and most of all, hard to put down. By the end of the book, I felt that Emily was someone I would love to know, as a sister, friend, sister-in-law, etc. WHAT A JOY AND DELIGHT THIS BOOK WAS.
bumblebee23 More than 1 year ago
This was a quick read and I enjoyed the story. Parts of it were very relatable to my own life before marriage and career. The major characters were all likable and fun to get to know throughout the book. I felt like I grew with Emily as the book progressed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Debles More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book in all the world. The way Buxbaum creates complete characters, I felt like I knew all of them and loved them all. The characters are very human, with frailties and souls. I could read this book over and over and I have!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really love the wrting of Julie Buxbaum
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I didnt expect such an amusing yet moving stoy. Id read it again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Julie Buxbaum has you laughing, crying, and rooting for Emily. Everyone can relate to her in one way or another.
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risuena More than 1 year ago
The author conveys one's fears and how defensive mechanisms are put in place very well. The main character breaks up with her boyfriend before he can propose, fearing the hurt the future may bring. The story feels real; it is very touching, deep, and inspirational. She has to accept and deal with her grandpa's ill health who has been more like a parent to her, she's bothered by her fading memory of her mom, she's irritated that her father is not as involved, and she's not quite comfortable and happy with herself. There are so many levels to this book. It tackles grief, communication, fear, and the journey to find oneself and happiness. It was a pleasant surprise and worth the read.
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