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The One I Love

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  623 ratings  ·  94 reviews
LETTING GO FOR GOOD . . .

Once, Jane Moore and Alexandra Walsh were inseparable, sharing secrets and stolen candy, plotting their futures together. But when Jane became pregnant at seventeen, they drifted slowly apart. Jane has spent the years since raising her son, now seventeen himself, on her own, running a gallery, managing her sister’s art career, and looking after the
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Paperback, 355 pages
Published October 28th 2010 by Penguin (first published January 1st 2009)
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Marie
Blah. So glad to be done with this one. I only finished it because I wanted to see what would happen. It was by an Irish writer...about a woman who disappears and various people who are trying to find her...

I didn't particularly like the characters--most of them didn't seem to have any morals--and in fact I didn't feel as if I really got to understand them at any rate. The writing was just not very strong.

This novel is a classic example of telling rather than showing. And even though I love musi
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Amanda Vance
Anna McPartlin is an author I can count on to give me what I want, characters I can love with real problems, stories that can be sad and aren't always perfect, but some humor and laughter along the ride. I have read her other books and have loved them all, consuming them quickly even when there were things I told myself I'd get done before I continued. Alexandra Gone is no exception. Jane cares for everyone except herself, Elle straddles the line between being ridiculously selfish and having emo ...more
Jennifer Defoy
I really liked this book. The title would suggest that it is about Alexandra, and it is to an extent. But the real story involves the other characters and what they go through while trying to find Alexandra. Really the character Alexandra is just a catalyst to pull all of the other characters together. Not to say that Alexandra isn't part of the plot, because the entire book revolves around finding her, but she's not part of the main stories.

This book reminded me a bit of a Maeve Binchy novel.
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Colleen
Alexandra, Goneby Anna McPartlin opens with the disappearance of Alexandra one afternoon in Dublin. The reader knows little about her but witnesses her disappearance and the subsequent devastation of her husband, Tom, and her family as they desperately hold out hope that she will be found healthy and safe. While looking for Alexandra, Tom has a chance meeting in a broken elevator with Leslie, Elle and Elle's sister, Jane. The four soon band together in the search for Alexandra and through that p ...more
Leah
Once Jane and Alexandra were inseparable – sharing adventures, secrets and big dreams for the future. But when Jane got pregnant at seventeen, they drifted apart. Seventeen years later, Jane discovers Alexandra has disappeared and she sets about helping Alexandra’s broken-hearted husband, Tom, to find his wife. But in searching for Alexandra Jane is about to confront some big questions about herself. Like, what happened to the high-spirited seventeen-year-old she once was? What will happen if sh ...more
Helen F
(Note: I read the edition titled The One I Love. It also seems to be available as So What If I'm Broken)

Hurrah! What a breath of fresh air this book was. It was a great combination of mystery, romance and humour with a couple of dysfunctional families thrown in to keep the pace moving. I found there were so many characters you could relate to in some way, whether it is Rose's 'tell it like it is' attitude, Leslie's fierce independence/ hiding from the world, Elle's mishaps, Jane's mothering inst
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Helen F
(Note: I read the edition titled The One I Love. It also seems to be available as Alexandra Gone)

Hurrah! What a breath of fresh air this book was. It was a great combination of mystery, romance and humour with a couple of dysfunctional families thrown in to keep the pace moving. I found there were so many characters you could relate to in some way, whether it is Rose's 'tell it like it is' attitude, Leslie's fierce independence/ hiding from the world, Elle's mishaps, Jane's mothering instinct or
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Maria João
7 de 10*


Quando li a sinopse deste novo livro de Anna McPartlin pensei que iria ler a história da busca de Alexandra e da procura dos motivos para o seu desaparecimento. Não podia estar mais enganada... o livro centra-se nos que ficaram, nos que lutam por encontrá-la e nos outros problemas individuais que cada um tem que enfrentar.
É um livro que se lê muito bem, com uma escrita fluída mas que, no entanto, não me deixou a sua marca.

Quando Alexandra desaparece de subito, numa tarde normal de um dia
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Elphaba J
Opinião completa em: http://historiasdeelphaba.blogspot.pt...

Com um traço muito singular para tocar afectos, Anna McPartlin faz-me sempre encontrar sem procurar algo belo e simultaneamente cru sobre a humanidade nas suas histórias, histórias compostas por personagens diversificadas e múltiplas temáticas sensíveis que tocam os seus leitores enquanto os faz reflectir sobre si mesmos.

Um Amor Perdido é, como próprio título e sinopse aludem, uma narrativa que nos conta como alguém pode lidar com a ev
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Nicola
After taking a break from reading, this book was the perfect book to start me off on my reading adventure again. The title would suggest that it is about Alexandra, and it is to an extent. But the real story involves the other characters and what they go through while trying to find Alexandra. Really the character Alexandra is just a catalyst to pull all of the other characters together. Not to say that Alexandra isn't part of the plot, because the entire book revolves around finding her, but sh ...more
Ann
The One I Love is a story about a missing girl, Alexandra, and people who find each other due to her disappearance. It was an enjoyanble read, would give it 3.5 stars.

Readers are introduced to several lives combined together and affecting one another. We get to know their backgrounds and things that have shaped them. For me, there were so many characters. I did enjoy getting to know them.

I would have been irritated if we wouldn´t have gotten the solution to the disappearance. What did bother m
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Kathleen Kelly
Alexandra,Gone written by Anna McPartlin takes place in a Dublin suburb and is about how two families cope with the disappearance of Alexandra who one day just disappears. Of course her husband Tom is the automatic suspect but as the story progress's you realize that this is not the case. This contemporary story jumps from character to character which makes the story flow together. The story is sad and at the same time humorous. The main character Jane (who was a childhood friend of Alexandra's ...more
Jennifer
From my blog...[return][return]Alexandra, Gone is a brilliantly stunning novel that showcases the masterful storytelling of author Anna McPartlin where readers learn just enough about the key cast to have their interest piqued. The novel begins with Alexandra's narrative on 21 June 2007 in Dublin where she left a note for her husband Tom to head to the grocery when he returned home from work and said she would be out for a brief time while having drinks with her friend Sherri. Alexandra departed ...more
Cheryl "Mash"
Alexandra, Gone by Anna McPartlin
Published by Downtown Press (Division of Simon & Schuster)
ISBN 978-1-4391-2333-1
At the request of Gallery & Pocket Books, a PB copy was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.
Synopsis (from back of book): Once, Jane Moore and Alexandra Walsh were inseparable, sharing secrets and stolen candy, plotting their futures together. But when Jane became pregnant at seventeen, they drifted slowly apart. Jane has spent the years since raising her son, now s
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Gaby
I loved Alexandra, Gone. Reading the blurb, I had expected the book to be dark and with a greater focus on forensics because of Alexandra's disappearance. Instead, I entered this world of Jane, her sister Elle, their friend Leslie, their new friend Tom, and the rest of Jane's off-kilter family. Getting to know these people, what and who they love, their vulnerabilities and hopes, and their stories and strengths was full of laughs and surprises.

In Jane, Elle, and Leslie of Alexandra, Gone, Anna M
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Grae
I thought the characters were interesting and wanted to get to know them. Although the story is about a woman who goes missing, you almost don't care what happens with her because you are being drawn into the lives of the other characters. There is resolution though and I was happy with how the author tied up everything.
Steve
I'm planning to seek out all of her books, in chronological order, and read them one by one. Such a sad book, but with hope peeking out behind every crafted urban landscape. People who have lost much, helping each other, and healing by helping. Letting go of the past, no matter how much those in that past were loved, and moving on, making a new now.
Jenny L
This is the first book I have read by Anna McPartlin and I am now keen to read more by her. This was such a good story. Alexandra is indeed gone, disappeared one afternoon never to be seen again and the story is about the people who come together - accidentally, to try to help find her. Her husband Tom has never stopped looking for her and with the help of her oldest childhood friend and others, a new search unfolds as does the complex story of interwoven lives of real people. Despite the subjec ...more
The Cats Mother
I really liked the story and the characters here, but it lost a star for school-girlish writing which made it hard to get into.
The story is set in Ireland and is about a young woman who goes missing one day, and her husband and estranged best friend, and their family and friends, who in trying to find her find life, love and themselves. There are some fairly dark parts about death, loss, mental illness, alcoholism and betrayal, but also some very funny bits. Songs by Jack Lukeman who is a real s
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Sharon
This book has also been published as "The One I Love".

I thought the characters were very human. We're not all perfect, how we all react to the loss of a loved one varies from person to person and this story reflects that.

Although it develops as a sad story with death, illness and disappointments in love, the story ends on a lighter, happier note on how we can forge friendships through sorrow, that it is never too late to make a fresh start.

When I started reading this I didn't expect to enjoy it,
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Katie
This was a fun little read. Nothing earth shattering, but not bad either. Nice to read if you've got nothing else on your plate and are looking for something to fill up your time.
Andrea
This book was a little hard for me to get into. There was something about the writing that made me have to struggle with it at first, and then once I did, it was easier to read.

This was a deep book--it's definitely not something you'd want to read if you were looking for a happy, uplifting or fluffy book. But it was definitely interesting. A lot of issues were brought up--teenage pregnancy, missing people, suicide, cancer, mental illness.

The way the characters were all integrated took a little
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Kelly Such
I liked this book. It was easy to read and it kept you guessing what was going to happen. There were many stories intertwined and each seemed real and believable.
Mary (BookHounds)
I just adored Pack Up the Moon and thought McPartlin couldn't top that one. Well, she did! The characters have depth and make you care that Alexandra is missing. You get to know her through the interactions of Jane, Leslie, Elle and Tom. McPartlin shines with her smart and funny dialogue and that earns extra points with me as a reader. There are a lot of emotional roller coasters here
and there are points at which you might be driven to tears, but the ending is worth it. I can't wait for her next
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Melanie Tucker
Ha! I absolutely loved this novel. I could see a bit of myself in several of these characters. Now, that might mean I'm a bit "mad" but there's a little bit of madness in all of us. Right? I mean, only God knows where the road will lead us and who it leads us to, but there is most certainly a reason for everything!

These witty, silly, insane, harsh, caring, intelligent, talented, interesting, intriguing, full of life, fearing life, giving, amazing, mean, strong, fun, awesome women caught my atte
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Sara
This book, seemingly about a missing woman, is so much more than that. It looks at the dynamics between strangers, friends, siblings and parents. Through a common goal of finding Alexandra, a group of people all come together and, in turn, find themselves. The authors portrays life in a realistic, non-idealistic, beautiful and heartbreaking way. The path to discovering one's self and leading a fulfilling life is not easy, and the author manages to portray the complexity in an eloquent manner tha ...more
Marni
Wonderful quirky Irish humor and some darkness.
Melissa
Decent book, if just a little long. I am glad Alexandra's ultimate fate is revealed (kind of), but it would have been fine for the story to have done it much earlier as the book is not even about her disappearance, except peripherally. It is about her friends and family and their lives and relationships, and how they are affected by her disappearance. I was expecting a little more suspense and mystery, which disappointed me, but the interpersonal saga does somewhat make up for it.
Grace
When I began this book, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it or how the story would progress. I enjoyed the story and loved the fact that it was written in a different and quite refreshing style from typical chick-lit books. It explored the relationships between a group of people and was sad in places but there were one or two laugh out loud moments. This is the first book that I had read by this author and I would be happy to try more of her books.
Rachel
I started this book thinking I was not going to like it. I hated the author's last book. Plus, the subject matter is a little disturbing--the book follows four people connected to a woman who disappears in the first pages of the book. I spent the whole book wondering when she was going to show up, or her body would be found. But in spite of myself, I was drawn into the story and the characters. I was pleasantly surprised by this book.
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Anna McPartlin was born in 1972.

Anna’s debut novel Pack Up The Moon was published in January 2006, it went on to be a best seller both here and abroad.

Since then Anna’s written three more novels, So What If I’m Broken being her latest work. She’s also written School Run, a TV comedy-drama for TV3 which was nominated for both an IFTA and a TV award. Anna’s books are published in Ireland, Germany, A
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