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Love the One You're With

by Emily Giffin

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Ellen and Andy's 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.… (more)
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“...love is the sum of our choices, the strength of our commitments, the ties that bind us together.”
― Emily Giffin, Love the One You're With

I did not like this book.

I LOVE Giffin's books..usually. Plot looked great. But I did not enjoy.

SPOILERS:

Usually I form attachments to the characters she writes because she is so good at writing the,. Not here. I was annoyed with the main character.

And what bothered me is....nothing happens at all through the book. Just alot of secret meetings with the heroine obsessing about what to do. She was really annoying frankly and I usually love Giffin's characters. She is so good at character development.

Also..the two do not have an affair..emotional maybe..but I found myself bored and skimming. I never ever skim Emily Giffin's books. But the repetition of the meetings and the "what should I do" grated on me. This is the only book by this writer I have read that I disliked.

Just a bad fit for me but I was let down. ( )
  Thebeautifulsea | Aug 5, 2022 |
I just finished this book and found it emotionally heart-wrenching, especially near the end. I won't add any spoilers, but I've started giving a lot of thought about how many of our internal conflicts manifest as external conflicts as a way for us to work things out. Great read, though not recommended if you are looking for a light-hearted, laugh out loud romp. ( )
  AngelaLam | Feb 8, 2022 |
Disappointing. Not as good as her others. ( )
  Emily_Harris | Dec 22, 2020 |
Emily Giffin has certainly matured as an author. A novel with clever interpersonal dynamics, simmering passions, and spot-on cultural references, "Love the One You're With" is a bit more than a beach read, though it's certainly that. The conflict was well-fleshed-out and believable; it shows the "problem with no name" is not confined to yesteryear; the discussions of Ellen's sexual desires were frank without being Harlequiny/squeamish. The last 5% of the book was disappointing, but I'd recommend it overall. ( )
  charlyk | Nov 15, 2019 |
While there were several laughs, it was painful to read this - to have this woman in such inner turmoil. I loved her first 2 books best (Something Borrowed and Something Blue). ( )
  rmarcin | Jan 22, 2019 |
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Giffin strings the story along, making the reader hold on just a few more pages for the scandal to finally unfold. Unfortunately, she never really delivers. The drama in the story doesn’t come from anything actually happening. It really only comes from the main character blowing events out of proportion. As in an episode of Full House, nothing bad ever would have happened if Ellen had been honest from the beginning.
 
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For my sweet Harriet
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It happened exactly one hundred days after I married Andy, almost to the minute of our half-past-three-o'clock ceremony.
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Looks like you found yourself a solid, Checkers-playing, Cheerios-eating, God-fearing, glass-half-full kinda guy.
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Ellen and Andy's 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.

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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.
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