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The Opposite of Love

by Julie Buxbaum

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A girl coming to terms with who she is, who she has lost and all she can be! Wonderful and sad. Listened to on audio Ariadne Meyers ( )
  Indygirl | Aug 5, 2016 |
Emily appears to have it all - Yale law graduate in a high-pressure firm, a boyfriend poised to ask her to marry him and a great place in the city then she decides to discover what love is by looking for its opposite which is not hate but emptiness which causes her to look at what she has been using to fill her life. Looking for the next novel from this first-time author. ( )
  lindap69 | Apr 5, 2013 |
Emily Haxy is 29, a successful lawyer, lives in NYC, and has a wonderful doctor boyfriend Andrew. She also has a lot of baggage from her past. When the book opens, Emily is about to go into self-destruct mode, which brings about some major life changes. No surprises but good writing and a happy ending. ( )
  CatieN | Feb 13, 2010 |
When Emily has a dream of literally eating her boyfriend, she comes to the conclusion that she must obviously break up with him, preferably before he has a chance to propose. As a young lawyer in a very demanding firm, she feels confident that she has made the right decision. However, as she becomes involved in unethical practices at work and faces the declining health of her favorite grandfather, Emily begins to acknowledge that she is not the person she wants to be. With the support of her friends and some long overdo therapy, Emily begins the painful transformation to become more genuine and honest with herself and the people in her life. This book is laugh-out-loud funny in places and heartbreaking in others. I identified with Emily and enjoyed the way she changed over the course of the novel. A great book about taking risks to love deeper, actualizing your dreams and capturing every moment to fully experience your life. ( )
  voracious | Jan 23, 2010 |
Although this book is touted as "chick lit" I did not find that to be an accurate description.

It was a touching tale of Emily Haxby, a 29 yr old lawyer who sold her soul to work for a large law firm in NYC and is dealing with many issues. Her mother dies when she was a teenager, she just broke up with her boyfriend, her beloved Grandfather is 89 yrs old and sickly, and she has no communication skills with her father.

I loved the writing in this book, especially the scene in the hotel room with her boss, Carl; and her therapist. I thought she really captured a lost soul trying to find her way very well, and it was totally believable.

I look forward to more by Julie! ( )
  coolmama | Dec 18, 2009 |
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For my dad, with love and gratitude And for my mom, who is loved and remembered, every day
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Your picture is already hanging on the fridge.
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New York, its consistent throb of potential, can be a dangerous place for the overly imaginative; everyone you see is a possible route toward a different future.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385341229, Hardcover)

With perfect pitch for the humor and heartbreak of everyday life, Julie Buxbaum has fashioned a heroine who will be instantly recognizable to anyone who has loved and lost and loved again.

When successful twenty-nine-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 where 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. Written with the authority, grace, and wisdom of an author far beyond her years, The Opposite of Love heralds the debut of a remarkable talent in contemporary fiction.

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"When successful twenty-nine-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 where 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."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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