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Tony and Sophie meet in their senior year at a Catholic college in 1964 in New Jersey and fall helplessly in love. What follows is all their lovey-dovey talk between them, with Sophie in particular teasing and playing games with Tony, who remains a perfect gentleman.
After graduation, Tony goes back to Italy to become a pop music sensation, while Sophie goes on to veterinary school. They work to maintain their long-distance relationship.
Most of the book came across as repetitive and tedious, but there was one scene in particular that really gripped me. In having surgery to remove a cyst from her uterus, Sophie ends up having to have to whole uterus removed, and she agonizes over having lost what makes her a woman, fearing that Tony will no longer want her because they can't have children. This scene had me in years, both for Sophie and myself, as it caused me to relive my own grief over not being able to have children of my own. The author showed her real writing skills in this chapter.
The narration made a big difference in the book. At first I did not enjoy it very much because it came out as staccato and immature, but I soon realized that this was the writing style of the author. Since the chapters are narrated by Sophie and Tony, the style fits their style, and the narrator does a great job of portraying them, especially their accents. I also liked the way she voiced the sound effects in the books.
Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book by the narrator, but it in no way influenced my review.