One thing I know for certain after reading three of Taylor Jenkins Reid's four books: She is an author who—for me—is a sure thing. Her newest, One TruOne thing I know for certain after reading three of Taylor Jenkins Reid's four books: She is an author who—for me—is a sure thing. Her newest, One True Loves, explores the life of Emma Blair, who marries her high school sweetheart, only to lose him in a "Cast-away" like plane crash. She finds love again with a classmate she's always had a soft spot for, but soon after, has to confront fate knocking on her door in the form of her dead husband, suddenly very much alive.
As with all her books, I couldn't put this one down! [Without spoilers, I'll add I was REALLY satisfied with the ending—and I'd been on pins and needles throughout the book wondering if I would like it!]
A few lines I loved/thoughts related to the book:
"I think that perhaps everyone has a moment that splits their life in two. When you look back on your own timeline, there's a sharp spike somewhere along the way, some event that changed you, changed your life, more than the others. A moment that creates a 'before' and an 'after.'"
"I had predicated my life on the idea that I wanted to see everywhere extraordinary, but I'd come to realize that extraordinary is everywhere."
"Flirting is probably just as much about falling in love with yourself as it is with someone else."
"It's rare that you love the person who loves you, that you love only the person who loves only you. Otherwise, somebody's heartbroken. But I guess that's why true love is so alluring in the first place. It's hard to find and hold on to, like all beautiful things. Like gold, saffron, or an aurora borealis."
And lastly, this scene I loved (because I had never heard of this phenomenon yet experienced this MANY times:
"That's the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon," Olive said when I mentioned it at lunch. "My brother just told me about this. You don't notice something and then you learn the name for it and suddenly it's everywhere." Olive thought for a moment. "Whoa. I'm pretty sure I have the Baader-Meinhof penomenon about the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon."
Two things: 1) That scene made me LOL and 2) in One True Loves, there is a reference to Emma's parents taking a "disco nap." Now, I had never heard of such a thing. At 34 years old, I had to look it up! So, I'm reading this book on my phone and meanwhile, I'm reading a hardbound copy of Cynthia Sweeney's "The Nest." Like, literally a day after learning this "disco nap" term in TJR's book, it turns up in "The Nest!" So, yeah, the BM phenomenon? TOTALLY A REAL THING. ...more
You guys, I am such a dork that for years I coveted the four book collection set of these Paris Review interviews. (As in, they've sat in my Amazon wiYou guys, I am such a dork that for years I coveted the four book collection set of these Paris Review interviews. (As in, they've sat in my Amazon wish list since like, 2009.) But they're stupidly expensive (like, $150 for the set) so yeah, wishful thinking is right.
Imagine my surprise to discover our local library has them! Recently I dived into this one and then was glad I DIDN'T purchase them b/c in the time I had this checked out, I found myself devouring a few, skimming others, and straight up not reading some b/c well, my interests just didn't align with their work (why oh why will I forever struggle to 'get' poetry? I read the TS Eliot interview and was like, 'huh?').
In regards to these collections, I must add that I LOVE reading interviews (I also love interviewing, something I do practically every day for my job and have for years as a journalist/writer—if you ever meet me, expect me to pepper you with questions. I'm curious by nature and it's what I do). I also love getting a sneak peek into a creative's working life, so these are great for that as they're especially good about painting a scene of the artist in his/her work environment at the time the interview was conducted (many in this volume in the 50s-60s).
Especially loved the Capote and Hemingway interviews but my absolute favorite is the Vonnegut one included in this book. (You MUST read it.) Alas, didn't get to the Didion interview before I had to return it. Next time .....
Sittenfeld is a popular writer (perhaps you’ve picked up her best-sellers Prep or American Wife) but this was my first book of hers and I was smitten.Sittenfeld is a popular writer (perhaps you’ve picked up her best-sellers Prep or American Wife) but this was my first book of hers and I was smitten. A modern-day retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice wherein the five Bennet sisters are adrift in Cincinnati, Ohio (a city I once lived). Much like the original, their attention is stolen by a (Chip) Bingley and (Fitzwilliam) Darcy. The writing is Austen-ish (so expect a fair amount of fancy words), but Sittenfeld’s wit—combined with her modern makeover of P&P’s cast of characters (case in point: Chip Bingley was a contestant on a dating reality show called Eligible; the youngest Bennet sisters are CrossFit fanatics)—will keep you turning the pages of this humorous reinterpretation of a classic. ...more
This book—one that's come highly recommended over the years—was a slow burn for me.
I finally got around to it as my latest Audible selection this spriThis book—one that's come highly recommended over the years—was a slow burn for me.
I finally got around to it as my latest Audible selection this spring and—confession time—the fact I did was driven in large part by Lin-Manuel Miranda reading it. He does GREAT BTW. But come on, are you surprised? The guy has the creative Midas touch.
At first, my struggle with the story was b/c the action in the first third of the novel is slow. As in, the biggest thing that happens to Ari (our teenage male protagonist) is meeting Dante (the geeky, curious kid who becomes his BFF). The two then commiserate about being outcasts and sharing the weight of being named after famous philosophers (and we also get some backstory on their lives—a LOT of backstory when it comes to Ari's relationship w/his dad, a Vietnam vet suffering PTSD).
But somewhere along the way—driven in large part by Benjamin Alire Sáenz's beautiful writing—I got more and more interested in the story until at one point, I had my car turned off, just sitting in my in-laws' driveway, not wanting to stop listening, because I didn't want to get out until the pivotal scene in my ears was over.
I both loved and hated that this book had a sort of portent of doom hanging over basically the entire narrative. It kept me guessing and then sighing with relief at its HEA ending.
Overall what I loved most about the narrative is that it introduces its readers to diverse characters with real and authentic problems. While it's set in the '80s, without question it's that kind of classic coming of age story that, if not already on high school reading lists, will be someday. And it should because it has that definitive "it" factor that makes you think every teenager needs to read this story.