The Opposite of Love
When twenty-nine-year-old Manhattan attorney Emily Haxby ends her happy relationship just as her boyfriend is about to propose, she can’t explain to even her closest friends...more
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Best part of the book: First line of chapter 1: "Last night, I dreamt that I chopped Andrew up into a hundred little pieces, like a Benihana chef, and ate them, one by one." Also, I liked the cold relationship she has with her father.
Worst parts of the book: The extensive use of cliches throughout the n...more
The characters, and main character Emily, were endearing, funny, their own voice, brought to life, and surrounded and engulfed Emily in a way that rang true.
There were many heart tearing moments, surprising me constantly, and a deep exploration at other moments that left me blushing or feeling as if it hit very close to home.
There has been a theme of leaving or losing on purpose (or forcefully) an unhe...more
Absolutely captivating description of the angst and redemption of a young professional person.
The book became a cherished companion and the character a friend to comfort and console. I wanted to read slowly, a chapter or two at a time, and then carry the words around with me until I could read again.
Each character is skillfully crafted, dialogue and situations are very realistic, and I found myself feeling the same tension and nervousness as Emily. I looke...more
A successful lawyer uncertain of her relationship, her career and her sense of family. But I really enjoyed Buxbaum's writing. She was gentle and compassionate in her story of Emily.
Of course too, I really enjoyed Emily's relationship with Grandpa Jack. It was really special and caused other supportive relationships in her life, such as the one with Ruth.
I look forward to the career...more
There is has been a lot pre-pub buzz surrounding this novel and it definitely lives up to expectations.
I was expecting chick-lit, but instead found a dark, grief-riddled story which really resonated with me. Like Emily, I lost my mother to cancer and some of Emily's observations were profound, and brought tears to my eyes.
Talking about her mother's funeral:
"It seems odd to me now, but I remember instead of focusin...more
Emily breaks up with her boyfriend Andrew when she gets the feeling that he's going to ask her to marry him. Andrew...more
He llorado como no se imaginan con esta novela, sufrí con Emily, con Andrew, me divertí con Jack, en fin…
Emily es abogada y odia a su jefe (yo lo odiaría también), es hija única, huérfana de madre, con su papá no tiene una comunicación muy buena que digamos. La persona a la que más quiere es a su abuelo Jack, que por si fuera poco, está muriéndose…
Un día, Emily se da cuenta que no puede seguir adelante con la relación que lleva con Andrew, su novio. Aunque ambos s...more
I try not to compare novels when I read them but I am in awe of Buxbaum’s ability to write about death and self-doubt while still keeping things relatively light and enjoyable; it’s sort of like the teacher whose class is so fun you don’t realize you are learning.
I found myself longing to have coffee with Emily and trade stories about our parental misadventures. The similarities in our fam...more
the main character of the opposite of love, emily haxby (love that name, btw), suffers through a particularly taxing time in her life fraught with personal and professional upheaval. although initially debilitating, the overall effect of these travails is one of catharsis as they force emily to examine her actions, choices and motivations. she realizes her difficul...more
I also loved her writing style. Her use of language was lovely, and I found myself re-reading so...more
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