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Love the One You're With

A Novel

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Description

How do you know if you've found the one? Can you really love the one you're with when you can't forget the one who got away?

Emily Giffin, author of the New York Times bestselling novels Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and Baby Proof, poses these questions—and many more—with her highly anticipated, thought-provoking new novel Love the One You're With.

Ellen and Andy's first year of marriage doesn't just seem perfect, it is perfect. There is no question how deep their devotion is, and how naturally they bring out the best in each other. But one fateful afternoon, Ellen runs into Leo for the first time in eight years. Leo, the one who brought out the worst in her. Leo, the one who left her heartbroken with no explanation. Leo, the one she could never quite forget. When his reappearance ignites long-dormant emotions, Ellen begins to question whether the life she's living is the one she's meant to live. At once heartbreaking and funny, Love the One You're With is a tale of lost loves and found fortunes—and will resonate with anyone who has ever wondered what if.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 17, 2008 – A chance encounter with an old flame in Giffin s bittersweet, sometimes mawkish fourth novel causes Ellen Dempsey to consider anew what could have been. Shortly after marrying Andy, Ellen runs into Leo, her intense first love. Leo, a moody writer, has secretly preoccupied Ellen ever since he broke her heart, so after seeing him again, Ellen wonders if her perfect life is truly what she wants or simply what she was expected to want. This scenario is complicated by Ellen s past: the early death of her mother and subsequent disintegration of her family have left Ellen insecure and saddled with unresolved feelings of guilt. These feelings intensify when Andy s career takes the newlyweds from Ellen s beloved New York City to suburban Atlanta. As Ellen s feelings of inadequacy and resentment grow, her marriage begins to crumble. The novel is sometimes bogged down by characters so rooted in type that they, and the story line, can only move in the most obvious trajectory. However, Giffin s self-aware narrator and focus on troubled relationships will satisfy those looking for a light women s lit fix.

Customer Reviews

Disappointed

This is the first of her novels I decided to read, and I doubt I will read any others. Her cliched choice of an ending dropped me like a hot oil splatter on my arm. Shocking since I was really liking the book until she chose such an unbelievable and trite way to end the book. Post mortem? Shallow characters, despite some really awesome insights I loved like where her protagonist realizes all marriages probably have 2 stories---the one everyone sees and the only they keep to themselves. Oh I guess she deserves another try.

Emotional roller coaster

I really enjoyed the book. I think most women can relate to many of the things that Griffith writes about, to the point where you can feel yourself inside the main character, Ellen. I wish the ending would have been a little different, more descriptive. Nut then again, there is never a perfect ending!

More than loved it!

So I was hesitant to buy it since there was some mixed reviews. I can understand the feeling that the main character dragged it on, but don't agree. I felt it was exploring emotions, experiences and thoughts. The book was written, as always, beautifully and was a page turner. I slowed it down since I didn't want it to end. I seriously have enjoyed all of Emily Giffin's books, except the newest, but just haven't bought it yet! They are all great and this one definitely hits the mark! The book made me frustrated, angry, sad and hopeful, then of course made me cry! I highly recommend another fabulous read by Emily Giffin. Note to author: the last line of this book was poetic!

Love the One You're With
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  • $8.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: May 13, 2008
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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