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I have been a Jennifer Weiner fan for a longish time. My favourites have been "In her Shoes" and the Candace Shapiro books. Have always liked her writing style and the content/storyline.
This book, in my opinion has failed on both the above mentioned counts. The plot was weird to start with and I was waiting to see how she fleshes it out; but sadly what a disappointment! Neither of characters is interesting or inspiring. Andrew Landis' character was built up well but I never could " get" why needed to do drugs!!
I LOVE Jennifer Weiner and her books usually hook me in the first few pages - this one is difficult to get into and follow. I'm about 100 pages in and have to decide if I'm going to finish it or not - probably not.... It's just not a very interesting story line so far......
I love this author and even laughed out loud while reading other works. This one started out sweet and fun and engaging. About halfway through I was let down by both characters. I skimmed the last 20 pages without really caring. Some version of "true love" remains in the end. Way too many new characters were introduced in later chapters. Honestly, I just stopped caring and was glad when it was over.
Very predictable, and as some others have written, the ending was particularly unsatisfying - rushed. It was unclear what they had in common, particularly what Andy saw in Rachel. I also struggled with Andy's 5 minute struggle before deciding to take the easy way out - the character really got short changed on that one.
I thought her book was well written, as always, and believable until he met the model. There wasn't enough background for his decision--author did not justify his actions. And the end wasn't well done. It was as if Weiner just wanted to end it, she was done writing. She didn't provide enough of the process necessary for her ending, poorly done I think.
I just couldn't get into this book. I have read every book she has written and love the characters that she creates but I didn't enjoy reading about Rachel or Andy. I found Andy's chapters about his childhood pretty boring and I've never thought that about anything Ms. Weiner's has ever written before. As other reviewers wrote, the story was just totally unbelievable, especially about Rachel becoming a social worker in NYC. I worked as a visiting nurse in a large city and it is not for the faint of heart. Between the slums and the drugs, Rachel would have quit on her first day. And I didn't find Rachel and Andy's long distance relationship believable or even romantic so the book just didn't work for me at all. I'm disappointed.
I have read all of this author's previous books, and I was really looking forward to this newest offering. However, I was deeply disappointed by the formulaic, predictable, and largely uninteresting and depressing story of two very self-absorbed and one-dimensional people, who really do not appear to be well-suited for each other at all, except perhaps in the bedroom; which could explain the reason that the author spent an inordinate amount of time detailing their 'romantic' encounters? But, that only left me with the impression that she was almost offering readers '50 hues of Rachel and Andy', which would appeal more to young adults looking for sophomoric titillation, rather than the mature, seasoned reader looking for a relationship of substance.
For the most part, the two major characters just really didn't seem to be invested in each other outside of the bedroom, and their relationship was shallow and superficial, at best. The book dragged in spots, with too much detailing of clothing, food, and other minor bits of information that filled the pages with words, but did not contribute to advancing the story in any purposeful or meaningful way. I also feel compelled to mention that the relationship that eventually developed between Jay and Amy felt contrived and disingenuous, as well.
The ending felt very rushed (perhaps the author was 'running' (pun intended!) too close to deadline?) and predictable. *SPOILER ALERT* Very difficult to believe that Rachel would just so happen to find herself in the store in which Andy was now a manager, and she would just fall into his arms after so much time, misunderstanding, and emotional turmoil had taken place in both of their lives. It seems that the reader was supposed to surmise that then they were going to "live happily ever after" following that 'chance' encounter-- it was a 'wrapped-it-all-up-with-a-pretty-bow'-type of ending, but I felt that it was less than satisfying or believable.
I am hopeful that the author will use her sense of humor in her next book, and take her time to develop the characters, and provide readers with a more plausible outcome.