Well..... a good book that reminds us our actions, however small and seemingly inconsequential, can come back to haunt us. However, I was frustrated with the angst, hand wringing and indecision on behalf of the main character. So much so, I wanted to reach into the pages of the book and slap her to smarten up!
Not a great outing from an author I love. I found that the main character of this novel, Erin, is for the most part silly and selfish. There is a subplot about a teenager who is silly and selfish. When Erin spends a lot of time soul searching, her thoughts are -- you got it -- silly and selfish. There's still a lot in the book that I love -- the author's way with words, especially -- but overall this novel missed the mark.
Wordy beach read! Teenage girl has boyfriend, they break up and get back together after 20 years!
When Erin's boyfriend proposes to her she is suddendly reminded of her high school sweetheart, Nate. All these memories of him come back to her and she finds herself torn being doing what she think is right and or following her heart. Very good romance. Author has a good sense of humor. The part where Erin & Nate meet again after 25 years seems a little far fetched but overall it's a realistic and touching tale of first love.
A story about the one that got away. Examines teenage love and all the drama that comes with it. Chapters alternate between the present and the past quite effectively. A decent read despite being rather formulaic.
"Beth Harbison has created a world where ex-boyfriends from high school do not work at a car wash 20 years later.
"Protagonist Erin reconnects with her first love, Nate, two decades after their teenage break up to find a man who's as successful, sexy and in love with her as ever. There's nary a paunch in sight as the two romantically collide in a supremely moving sexual reunion. The problems begin on the way to the bathroom, when Erin finds Nate's wedding ring. Meanwhile, Erin is engaged to a catch of her own--the wonderful Rick, who, for all his attributes, doesn't light Erin's fire the way Nate does.
"Harbison's wry sense of humor tempers the angst-ridden portions of the book. The story moves back and forth in time, from the passionate teenage Erin to the jaded adult Erin who is torn between doing the right thing and following her heart. We find out what broke up Erin and Nate in the first place--when they were madly in love--and wonder why he didn't try to win her back sooner.
"This book will make you want to go through notes from old boyfriends from high school and wonder what might have been, although in most of our cases a trip to the car wash can alleviate any regrets. However, in considering why people stay in mediocre relationships, Harbison's love story is somehow both hopeful and gratifying." --Natalie Papailiou, author of blog MILF: Mother I'd Like to Friend
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