Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
i’ve read jennifer weiner since her first book, good in bed, was published. i’ve enjoyed every book, but this was not one i particularly enjoyed. her other books, if i remember correctly, are not romance novels. they typically have a woman who is trying to solve a problem that doesn’t 100% revolve around a man. now, it’s been a while since i’ve read most of her books, so i could be wrong, but my memory tells me that her plotlines generally have other major issues and also include a romantic relationship issue along with it.
this book was pretty much how rachel finds her true love and gets him in the end. sure, she has other things happen in her life, but andy is the overarching theme and the other issues are just piddly things. andy also has his own chapters, describing his life and its ups and downs, and i feel like his life story is a lot more interesting than rachel’s. but rachel is his overarching theme.
and the smut! ok. i do not read romance novels. i am not a romance novel person. i will occasionally run into a book with smut, but generally it’s not pervasive enough to overwhelm the literary factor. i feel like this book’s percentage of smut is above and beyond weiner’s normal levels, and if i’d known it was going to be this enmeshed in the story, i probably wouldn’t have read it.
what could have made this book better? i think if she had written this in first person andy and let rachel take the other side, this may have had potential. less smut? maybe rachel really focusing on her heart issues more? more description and angst over andy’s running problems? i’m not sure.
anyway, i wouldn’t recommend this book with gusto. well, maybe a romance novel enthusiast, but not a jennifer weiner novel enthusiast. be forewarned, jen weiner fans.
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here’s what i see when i read the harry potter books.
young neville? ralph wiggum.
ron? ron from kimmmmmmm possible
dumbledore? patrick stewart
and snape? jafar from aladdin. certainly not the snape they had in the movies.
alan rickman died yesterday, and the HP world is awash in horror. while he may have been a great choice, is physical appearance in the movies did NOTHING for me. he needed facial hair. he needed some unkemptness. he needed….to be the sheriff from robin hood: price of thieves.
you say alan rickman? first and foremost, PoT. then harry from love actually. then hans gruber. dogma, galaxy quest. his role as snape was nothing that moved me (i’ll probably get a lot of hate for this).
imagination is a pretty amazing thing while reading. that’s why i never really enjoy movies made from books i really enjoy, especially ones where i read the book before the movie was even a blip on a radar. it’s the reason i never watched “the time traveler’s wife” and refuse to see a john green book movie. (especially looking for alaska. that is… no.)
of course there are exceptions: shawshank was so amazing in movie form that i picked up the book. lord of the rings was a lot easier to read after seeing the movies. i read the girl with the dragon tattoo and was disturbed, but not as disturbed as seeing the movie (although i enjoyed the movie as well [the swedish version]).
turns out there will be no adaptation that matches your brain’s view of a book while reading unless you are the one making the movie. and while rickman did a darn good job at snape, it wasn’t what i was expecting and not at all what i wanted. but i’ll remember him in other roles, fantastically acted roles. “loxley! i’ll tear your heart out with a spoon!”