When successful 29-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 for which 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. With perfect pitch for the humor and heartbreak of everyday life, Buxbaum has fashioned a heroine who will be instantly recognizable to anyone who has loved and lost and loved again.More
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A Poignant & Touching Novel
Initially, I thought I am going to be bored but as the story goes along, I begin to relate to the characters. I started relating to the journey of Emily. I begin to appreciate the struggles she encounter within herself on how to deal with love, lost and life. The story was told in a very realistic manner, with moments of humor, sadness and hope.
I like how the author built each characters of the story. There's a ring of truth for each one of them.
This is the first book I listened to from narrator and I like her voice. It isn't irritating with exaggeration, without an accent and very clear in how she delivered the story.
The story is actually very simple if you summarized the plot but the author was able to tell the story in a very captivating way. She made the characters actions and reactions to situations, express their thoughts that make you relate to them in a very real way. It's not mushy and make you think about your own life. I heard myself laugh in some of the situations but, mostly, touched me a lot of times, especially when Emily visited her departed mother in the cemetery on Christmas Day.
I thought I will not enjoy the story on the first few chapters because initially it was a bit dragging but at the end of it, I realized it was the right pace and the author has turned a very simple story into something truly special and poignant because she has written it in a very real way. Highly recommend it.
- Mary Jean