Heart of the Matter
A powerful, provocative novel about marriage and motherhood, love and forgiveness.
Tessa Russo is a stay-at-home mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie—a boy who has never known his father. Although both women live in the same Boston suburb, they are strangers to on...more
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Weak women characters + Cheating scandal + Blaming parents for the way they are + Forgiveness on the woman's part = $UCE$$. Let's review.
I am getting very frustrated with the cheating scandal that seems to plague all of her books. Haven't we seen this before?
The story begins with Tessa and Nick, a seemingly perfect couple who have it all. A high powered career, 2 beautiful children, rich friends, yet there are cracks in their foundation. BLAHHHHHHHHHHH. Give me something n ...more
In this novel, Giffin skillfully tells the story about two women and the way ...more
*Spoilers* YOU'VE BEEN WARNED!
Maybe it's just me, but I was unsatisfied with the way the story ended. It wasn't because the story didn't turn out for the characters the way I had hoped, but the fairytale ending was extremely predictable and bothersome. I know the theme of the story was forgiveness, but sometimes things just need to end. Who goes to a different city to get "tipsy" with ...more
Therefore, I will do the same; I won't reveal the "heart" of this book. I will only say that Emily Giffin is a gifted writer, as you all knew and I now know, ...more
First, I had a hard time accepting that Nick would have an affair without first discussing any marital problems he was having with his wife. I feel like even after, when he fessed up and asked for forgiveness, he still never really gave a valid reason - "you changed" doesn't really count.
While I completely feel for Tess throughout the story, and feel like she was completely and unfairly wronged - at times I had a di ...more
The characterization is lazy and boring.
The men in Tessa's family, though as beautiful as models, are somehow also in 'finance- Goldman Sachs' (oh cool, money) and 'the best pediatric surgeon in the world' (oh cool, money AND he loves children, calling George Clooney)-- and they live in regular suburbs like you & me! Gran ...more
Not to mention the fact that he doesn't even admit to it until he ...more
Sooooo, we're supposed to believe that this renowned surgical attending at Mass Gen (one of top hospitals in the nation) had all this free time to sit around and chat it up and get “friendly” with a patient’s mother and nooooooooobody noticed! Not the nurses, not his interns, residents, NOBODY noticed. He didn’t have any other patients?
The characters got on my nerves, especially Tessa’s friends. Who really does brings wine to a waiting room in a hospital? Tessa too! If you’re ...more
I felt empathy, I felt anger, I felt rage. For evoking these feelings, I would say Emily Giffin has done it again and written fantastically. However, the subject matter itself was too sad for me to enjoy. Infidelity is not something I enjoy reading about. The story of Something Borrowed was so different in this way beca ...more
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1. Saat tau Tom Cruise menyelingkuhi Nicole Kidman, sampe sekarang saya menolak nonton film-filmnya. Apalagi film si selingkuhan Penelope Cruz. Bayangkan betapa tersiksanya saya saat akhirnya ngalah nonton Pirate of The Carribean #4. Kecintaan saya kepada Johnny Depp bikin saya ngalah nonton filmnya ini yang ternyata ga ada bagus-bagusnya karena emang dinodai si Cruz i ...more
Pastaruoju metu vieną po kitos skaičiau rimtesnes, sudėtigesnes knygas, ir be galo pasiilgau kažko moteriško ir paprasto. Būten tokia man ir pasirodė ši knyga. Paprastas meilės romanas, šeimos drama, jausmų audros - būtent tai ko man reikėjo.
"Tai, kas svarbiausia" pasakoja dviejų šeimų istorijas. Nikas ir Tesa - laimingai vedusi sutuotinių pora, auginanti du nuostabius vaikučius. Valerija ir Čarlis - mamos ir mažamečio sūnelio šeima. Pirmoji šeima gan sunkiai p ...more
Heart of the Matter is written in Emily Giffin's style - a strong female perspective, matter of fact and brutally honest. This is what drew me to her book Something Borrowed in the first place, and what has kept me returning time and again despite the delicate subject matter she covers.
I was gripped by the subject matter of this book quite intensely. Kudos to Giffin for portraying the whole concept of adultery in a light that allows us to have b ...more
One more thing, I despised Nick so much that if I’ll ever meet him I’ll steal Charlotte’s opening line for Mr. Big in Sex and The City, “I curse the day you were born.”
The story was amazing, I won't lie, I literally couldn't put the book down, and read it slowly, analizing each situation and how would I react.
I've read some reviews and I have to agree and disagree with most of them. I agree the ending is terrible, it almost ruined the whole book for me and it changed the idea I had about each character.
And I have to disagree about the characters: Although IT WAS WRONG, I rooted for Valerie. I am in no ...more
Tessa & Nick Russo, it would seem, have a life together that many aspire for yet few achieve. In their mid-30's and married 7 years, they are already enjoying an affluent ...more
Nick dan Tessa telah mempunyai dua orang anak, Ruby dan Frank. Sejak kelahiran Frank, Tessa semakin sulit menjalani hari-harinya sebagai seorang pengajar Bahasa Inggris dan sebagai seorang istri ...more
|**SPOILERS**About the ending: Does anybody else think Nick deserved neither of the women?||13||130||Jul 17, 2015 10:02AM|
|Madison Mega-Mara...: #43 The Heart of the Matter||1||3||Jul 16, 2015 08:11AM|
|What do you think was the main problem the couple had in their marriage (besides the infidelity)?||266||200||Nov 11, 2014 08:42AM|
|Hmm not my type of book||3||34||Feb 19, 2014 09:13AM|
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|Chick Lit Book Club: 10/2011: Heart of the Matter: Spoiler Thread||17||61||Apr 07, 2012 03:48AM|
Emily Giffin is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After practicing litigation at a Manhattan firm for several years, she moved to London to write full time. The author of seven New York Times bestselling novels, The One & Only, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love The One You're With, Heart of the Matter, and Where We Belong, she ...more