Review: Love the One You’re With by Emily Giffin

October 8, 2009 at 10:11 pm Leave a comment

lovetheoneyourewithWhile I love reading chick lit, I’ve learned to be selective about the books I pick up unlike before when I would read anything and everything. Some, in my opinion, are just too trashy. So when I find a chick lit novel that’s clean (or relatively so) and well-written, I make it a point to read everything from the author. Some of the chick lit authors I love are Cecelia Ahern, Sophie Kinsella, Marian Keyes (only some of her novels, though), and the latest addition to my roster of chick lit authors, Emily Giffin.

I first encountered Giffin’s name in an issue of Marie Claire Philippines, where they reviewed her novel Baby Proof. The review said that Baby Proof isn’t your usual chick lit and that Giffin had a way of writing that tugs at heartstrings. Baby Proof is still on my shelf, unread, but I have been able to read a borrowed copy of Giffin’s first bestseller Something Borrowed, which I have not been able to review yet. (I’ll do so once I am done with with Something Borrowed‘s sequel called Something Blue) What I have been able to prove through reading Something Borrowed is that Giffin creates interesting, realistic twists in her stories that make the reader ask for more.

In Love the One You’re With, the twist is plainly written in the back cover blurb, which I will copy here:

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The New York Times bestselling author of SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE, and BABY PROOF delivers another captivating, straight-from-the heart novel. This is a story for everyone who has ever wondered: How can I truly love the one I’m with, when I can’t forget the one who got away?

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. LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH is a powerful story about one woman at the crossroads of true love and real life.

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I have to be honest. I am totally against adultery. I am not yet married and I know some may say that it is different when you’re in the situation, but I cannot imagine even considering cheating on a spouse. You make a once-in-a-lifetime decision to love someone through thick and thin, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, till death do you part. In other words, you stick with the one you choose, no matter what. And that is why the whole premise of this book did not appeal to me at all at first.

But this I will say, Emily Giffin is such a good storyteller that you will almost empathize with a character even though you don’t agree with what s/he is doing. I also love how it’s not just the main characters that give this book color. In fact, my favorite character is not Ellen, Andy or Leo, but Ellen’s sister Suzanne, who plays a pivotal role in Ellen making her decision whether to go with Leo or Andy.

My favorite part of this book is the last 20 or so pages. I can’t tell you which part exactly but I will tell you that I cried. That’s how much of a romantic I am.

Overall, I would give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars. It’s a great, easy read for days when you don’t really want to think too much.

* Next book on the list: Something Blue also by Emily Giffin

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