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Rachel Blum and Andy Landis are eight years old when they meet late one night in an ER waiting room. Born with a congenital heart defect, Rachel is a veteran of hospitals, and she's intrigued by the boy who shows up all alone with a broken arm. He tells her his name. She tells him a story. After Andy's taken back to the emergency room and Rachel's sent back to her bed, they think they'll never see each other again.
Rachel, the beloved, popular, and protected daughter of two doting parents, grows up wanting for nothing in a fancy Florida suburb. Andy grows up poor in Philadelphia with a single mom and a rare talent that will let him become one of the best runners of his generation.
Over the course of three decades, through high school and college, marriages and divorces, from the pinnacles of victory and the heartbreak of defeat, Andy and Rachel will find each other again and again until they are finally given a chance to decide whether love can surmount difference and distance and if they've been running toward each other all along.
With honesty, wit, and clear-eyed observations about men and women, love and fate, and the truth about happy endings, Jennifer Weiner delivers two of her most memorable characters and a love story you'll never forget.
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By 4thFrog on 04-10-16
More than a love story
Insert happy, thoughtful, wistful sigh here...
This book is so much more than a love story. The character development is so rich, handling each main character as individuals not just part of a couple. The evolution of Andy is particularly believable. And Rachel is not a sick little girl throughout. It's only part of her story.
The description of the first sexual union is Audible clip-worthy...passionate, yet loving and tender.
This is a book about being true to yourself and what happens when you are not. Of all the Jennifer Weiner books I've read, this is the one I'd most like to see made into a movie, with Morgan Freeman or Denzel Washington as Mr. Sills.
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