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Always Something There to Remind Me

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  5,908 ratings  ·  554 reviews
Can you ever really know if love is true? And if it is, should you stop at anything to get it?

Two decades ago, Erin Edwards was sure she’d already found the love of her life: Nate Lawson. Her first love. The one with whom she shared everything--dreams of the future, of children, plans for forever. The one she thought she would spend the rest of her life with. Until one te
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published July 19th 2011 by St. Martin's Press (first published July 6th 2011)
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Sandy Klocinski
I was lucky enough to get a free advance copy of this book.

The majority of women recall that one "first" love. Whether that "lost love" is from your adolescent years or from later in life - I think we all have that one romance that takes a part of our heart and never releases it. We try to keep it concealed. When a lost reflection floats up about "him", we rapidly crush it with every day habits and troubles since really dwelling on "that guy" will reinstate the sorrow. After chapter 4, I was unc
I don't think I'll be posting this particular review on Facebook as this book has quite a bit of *whispers* s-e-x in it. (A lot of Christians seem to have a problem with this particular topic even though God created it.) However, before Christians discount it completely, let me just add that this book makes a powerful case for teenage abstinence. First of all, it contains an extremely accurate description of a girl's First Time. It's not the passionate, beautiful experience you see in movies. It ...more
Diane Drennan Pavia
OMG, can I choose ZERO stars? I liked Harbison's Shoe Addict books, and Hope in a Jar was OK, but this book was AWFUL! A 30-something with a pre-teen daughter obsesses like a school girl over a HS boyfriend she hasn't seen in 20+ years. I couldn't stand the main character, Erin. She was whiney and immature and selfish both as an adult and in the flashbacks to her teen years. The supporting characters were uninteresting and seemed to be there only to set Erin up for more drawn-out self-serving in ...more
Christi Snow
I will write the full review on this soon. Right now, I am shattered emotionally. I honestly don't think that I have ever had a book affect me this deeply emotionally. Just an incredible book...

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I am so overwhelmed by this book, I am not even sure where to start this review. I don't think that I have ever been as personally affected mentally and emotionally by a book as this one has affected me and I am not even sure if I can pinpoint the exact reason as to why. This is DEFINITELY a sto
OK so I am the worst at updating this site, and honestly, this book was so good I actually logged in to get it documented. Maybe it's the author (I do love her style), maybe it's the 80s setting (hereby ashamedly admitting that I was secretly thrilled Bonnie Bell Lip Smackers and beer shampoo were included in the initial chapters), maybe it's the way I sort of wanted it to work out but didn't see how the author could manage it without coming off completely cheesy, and then she got the ending jus ...more
Jackie Morrison
Can’t we all do ourselves a favor and let go of old loves? High school and childhood sweethearts are overrated. Seriously, lengthy recollections of the main character of Erin Andrews over Nate Lawson is the most nauseating read ever. With its constant references to a high school relationship, not only does the 37-year-old character sound like a perpetual adolescent but also a love obsessed neurotic.

Teenage lovers are an illusion to a past long gone. Who wants to sing love songs to a high school
Very disappointed in this one, and I had really enjoyed her Shoe Addicts series. It started out well, with the back-and-forth stories about teenaged Erin and grown up Erin dealing with their day-to-day lives. Grown up Erin's absolutely-perfect-in-every-way boyfriend (gorgeous, successful, widowed father to a daughter who is best friends with Erin's fifteen-year-old daughter, etc., etc.) asks her to marry him. Erin, completely blindsided (why is not exactly clear--where did she honestly imagine t ...more
Everyone in this book is an asshole
I've read all of Beth Harbison's books and liked them all. Except this one. The weakness of the female lead and lack of any kind of development of her character were so disappointing. Trust me, I'm no prude but these teenage sex scenes were very hard to take! My daughter is only 4 and it created so much anxiety for me thinking about her being a teenager. I didn't need that! All I could see that Erin and Nate had in common was sexual chemistry. It wasn't like he helped her through some crisis or ...more
Always Something There to Remind Me was another beautifully crafted Harbison novel. Having read Shoe Adicts Anonymous I knew straight away that I would love this book and Harbison did not dissapoint. Although not as 'fluffy' and cheery as SAA, it was a thoroughly enjoyable read.

It questions whether one can ever get over their first love and intertwines the tale of Erin (the novel's protagonist) during her teen years with that of her during her adult life. These were wonderfully woven together o
Angela Risner
Beth Harbison is very hit and miss for me. I sometimes really enjoy her books (Shoe Addicts) and other times am disappointed (Hope in a Jar.) This is one of the disappointments.

I am sure that most of us have the What-If guy/girl, where we wonder what would have happened had we stayed with him/her. Harbison takes this to the extreme with her characters, Erin and Nate.

Erin and Nate meet and fall in love as teenagers. They share a connection that is not often found at that age, but Erin doesn't tru
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Paige Harbison
Yes, this is my mother's book, and you might think I'm biased. But it was INCREDIBLE. My absolute favorite of her books.

I loved this one unreasonably, and recommend it to everyone who has ever angsted or felt the pull of the past. Or anyone who has ever liked to read, really. It's a book about first love and all of the agony and ecstasy that goes with it. In this story, the author delves into deeper stuff than she's ever done before, and shows her readers what she can really do with words.

I was very excited to read Always Something There To Remind Me. I love these kinds of books because every woman can relate to the story line. Every woman has had a first love, whether it went well or not, and she always remembers him.

It's the story about Erin and her high school sweetheart Nate. He was her first, and they were together for two years, but a misunderstanding, and her need for attention, and his quiet ways of attention and affection finally broke them up. They moved on.

Now, twenty
I give ZERO stars to this book (but it seems zero star ratings really are not possible). Worst book I've read this year. The words are dead on the page, there is no engagement of the reader, nothing that stimulates or drives. The characters are flat and formulaic. The plot is tired, boring, uninspired, and unimaginative.
Oct 09, 2011 Shannon rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Every woman remembers her first love. Maybe it was college, high school, or even younger. And after we grow up, some of us wonder what he is doing now, and others of us think What if? or If only I could go back.... No heartbreak is quite as terrible as the first one, and that experience changes some of us, for better or for worse. Beth Harbison's book, Always Something There to Remind Me, takes the reader on a journey through many moments in her own past as it tells the story of Erin Edwards.

Jennifer Ellision
Posted on Almost Grown-up on 9/19/11:

As soon as I heard that Beth Harbison had a new book coming out, I knew that I would be reading it. I've read a few of her other novels and absolutely adored them and from an author of her caliber, I was looking forward to a good read.

Beth Harbison hooked me within a few paragraphs. As soon as I read the words:

"Everyone has a first love, one person they never completely got over, right?

Picture yours."

She had me. I was swallowed up by this book, unable to put
Kim Weiss
I just started reading this book, so I don't know how I'll like it overall (I'll write another review if it's significantly better or worse than 3 stars in my opinion) but already I've noticed several annoying things that irk me:

1. Flipping from 1st to 3rd person. Pick one, already! Some people like this method, but I am not one of them.

2. Anachronisms. "Jordan" was not a girls name in 1969. Trust me, I know about 1969 girls' names. I was one of several Kimberlys or Kims everywhere I went. Ther
Due to release this summer is Beth Harbison's latest novel, Always Something There to Remind Me. Harbison's recent success as a bestselling novelist is helping to bring her debut, Shoe Addicts Anonymous (2007) to the big screen soon!

Always Something There to Remind Me is about the life of Erin Edwards, featuring two parallel story-lines that jump between her teenage years during the 1980s and the present-day as a single mother in her late thirties. When Erin's current hot-but-dull boyfriend prop
The tone of this book was a little overly conversational for me. I am sure that’s the author’s style and I am also sure it draws a lot of people to her writing, but it just didn’t work for me. The tone, the subject, the subplots, and the conclusion were all a little too silly, as was the random insertion of a walk-down-mescal-trip lane somewhere in the final pages of the book. Also, Erin’s relationship with her teenage daughter felt a little inauthentic. I think the whole “pining for a high scho ...more
I officially give up on Beth Harbison. "Hope in a Jar" was bad enough, but I couldn't even make myself power through this tripe. I got about 1/3 of the way through and just stopped caring about what happened to anyone in the book. None of it made any logical sense (who thinks of their high school boyfriend in the middle of a proposal from their current hot, sweet boyfriend 23 years later?!) and I did not find the main character (it has been 3 days since I stopped reading this book, and I honestl ...more
Set in 1987 and "present" smart and funny, don't need to say more :)
"Everyone has a first love, one person they never completely got over, right?" Well Erin Edwards never forgot her first love: Nate Lawson. Twenty-three years later, she still remembers him and the old feelings. Nate was the only man she truly fell in love with. It doesn't matter if they were teenagers. It was real. It was emotional. And it was heartbreaking when he got away and their relationship abruptly ended over a petty misunderstanding.

Now Erin has a successful career, a beautiful 16-year-o
Erin Edwards has spent her adult life thinking "what if?". Now, as she's seriously considering a proposal of marriage from her wonderful, handsome boyfriend, Rick, she's even more confused. Her teenage daughter is best friends with Rick's teenage daughter. Rick is a great, solid, stand-up guy. Erin loves him. But something is missing. She just doesn't have the same spark with Rick that she had with her high school boyfriend, Nate Lawson. But that was high school, right? They broke up forever ago ...more
Erin Edwards is living in two worlds. She is still living as a teenager with the love of her life Nate, then she is living with her boyfriend and daughter as an adult. The thing is that she is, in essence, the same person that she was as a teenager with the same feelings but different because of her experiences. Feelings that she never got over as a teenager haunt her when her current boyfriend, Rick, asks her to marry him. And yet, the person she can think of is Nate. As if she summoned him, it ...more
Phemaree Malones
All of us have our first love. During our teen years wherein we are most vulnerable. Wherein we are most susceptible to heart aches. Wherein we are most easily hurt and readily available to pain. And most of the time, this happens in our high school days. During our high school years - the most crucial & memorable part of our lives.

The story revolved around the two main characters, Nate & Erin. Reading the book and basing from the word of Erin, what they shared was true love. And not on
Meredith Schorr
I was really excited to read this book. The premise that you can meet someone in high school with whom you fall so deeply in love that it transcends decades of living without him is, well, extremely romantic! And I did really enjoy the book, looked forward to picking up and found the ending quite moving. That being said, I wished the author had showed us a stronger bond between Erin and Nate back in high school so that I could truly believe in their love. Both teenage and adult Erin talked about ...more
I was lucky enough to be able to get a chance to read an Advanced Reader copy of this book and I couldn't have been more satisfied with this book.

The author was able to take me on a journey of first love and all the feelings that go along with it. I was hooked from the first glimpse into the main characters past life. Through her, I was able to relive all the ups and downs that came along with my first love. I became so involved in every chapter and became obsessed with finding out more about th
Ironically, I ended up reading this book on the birthday of that High School boy, that first love* that Harbison so achingly brings back - she perfectly captures the emotions and decisions that one makes in the throes of an intense high school relationship, and the devastation that you feel when it ends.
Although, because it is Chick Lit, it ends in a more tidy and romancey way than it should, it was still a really good read.
*who, in my case, is now deceased.
Chevanese Van dyke
Picked it up on a whim and although I didn't get into it right away I eventually couldn't put it down. It was a great read about young love that transcends time and the writing left me feeling as raw as the main character. You truly feel like you live out their love story. Great read for the romantic at heart!
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Beth Harbison grew up in Potomac, Maryland, in the shadow of Washington, D.C. Apart from the occasional irritation at being held up in traffic by a presidential motorcade, she has remained fairly uninvolved in the politics that define her home town.

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