Thursday, July 24, 2008

Love the One You’re With

Love the One You’re With by Emily Giffin

What was this book about?

Ellen and Andy have the perfect relationship. She has known his family since college when she met her best friend and roommate – his sister. They fell into love and friendship and seem to moving forward. On the surface it looks like the perfect relationship.

Then one random day Ellen runs into an old flame - Leo. Their relationship was a roller coaster and has been over for years. In fact Ellen was the one that called it off. Yet meeting Leo and having the sparks fly again make her wonder if the comfortable love she has now means she is missing out on the “real” love of her life.

What did you like/dislike about the book?

I enjoyed this book quite a bit. Almost everyone has at least one relationship that they were in and ended in some fashion or another. It can be hard to look past the ups and downs of your own “real” relationship and compare it to this unknown other relationship. I am a firm believer that relationships end for a reason. But over time it is hard to make yourself remember all the bad times and not just the good times. You almost gloss over those things in an effort to figure out if you are truly in the place that you should be.

This book explores those possibilities – for Ellen. She is the only one that can figure out who she is meant to be with. And realizing that no relationship is perfect – but if you can say that you love someone with all your heart – then any sort of imperfection is worth it.

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