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Way We Were

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  1,627 Ratings  ·  206 Reviews
Susannah and Rob were childhood sweethearts. But as with most early love affairs, they broke up, moved on and now find themselves in very different places. And not entirely happy - who is? A chance meeting sends shockwaves through their lives.
Paperback, 464 pages
Published August 2011 by Penguin Group (New Zealand) (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My feelings were alternating between hating and liking susannah an Rob. Their actions were just aggravating!! ><' , however, I felt sorry for them... Susannah, who from the beginning to end, was considerably unfortunate. Her chances come and go and she has no fix shelter. The fact that she had no-one at the end made me feel even more pitiful toward her. As for Rob, Ahh!!! he just, I don't know... He could have had her, though unfortunately, married to another girl.
When I was reading this
Carla Ford
May 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are so many facets to this book, and the thing I liked the most is that is was messy and muddled and there were no clear answers. I absolutely loved and envied Susannah's years long friendship with Amelia, they knew each other so well and those are the kind of friendships that are more valuable than anything else. Susannah is facing so many hard decisions and disappointments as she is nearing her fortieth birthday, and realizing that it is time for her to take stock of her life, and decide ...more
Sam Kasbrick
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

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This book took a while to really get going, or at least it took me a while to really get into it. I probably wasn’t fully committed to the story until about halfway through. After the halfway mark, things started to pick up more and I found the story got more interesting. I have read a lot of Young Adult books, which tend not to be as descriptive and are more to the point and faster paced, so often when I read Adult books I tend to get a b
Barbara Elsborg
Two and half stars. From all the comments on the book I expected it to make me cry - I'm a weeper - but it didn't. It reminded me of One Day - in the sense of chances missed for love but whereas in One Day the hero and heroine did have their moment in the sun, that wasn't the case with 'The way we were'. Whilst I'm not fond of uber-macho heroines, I really wish Susannah had stood up for herself a little more. Why stay with a guy you clearly don't love? For most of the book!!! I think there were ...more
Kelly Rae
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book made me ache, which normally might not sound like the best thing. However, in this instance to feel as much as I did throughout the 4 hours I read this book is a high compliment to Miss Noble. I am sure for me it touched something so personal that emotional overload was bound to happen. I cried and laughed and was touched by the beauty of the characters, the honesty of their flaws and their understanding of right and wrong and then LOVE! I get it, I get it!

Such an amazng book, thank y
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Feb 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mainon by: FIRST READS
My FirstReads ARC just arrived in the mail. Love the cover, hope to get to it soon!


So I started this last night. Truthfully I wasn't expecting much -- though there are only four reviews so far, the average is a sliver over two stars. I told myself I didn't even have to finish it if I hated it after an hour or so.

But I ran a hot bath... and two hours later I was still reading. I really, really like this book so far (I'm now about halfway through it). Noble manages to walk a fine line perfectly
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non formulaic and messy - I like that.

This was not one of those four star stellar reads that takes your breath away and has you pondering for days after. Nor was it a good old gritty pull apart the fabric of society and provide commentary on current issues type. Rather it was a dependable British family saga which centered around unrequited love and the folly of waiting for the stars to align before we act. It was a story focusing on the importance of connection, honesty and the need to say the
I'm not sure how to rate this book -- I was going to give it a 3, but then the ending sucked, so it went down to a 2.

I usually love Noble's books, and I do think her writing is great. I always love the way she develops her characters, and her storylines are usually poignant, fun, easy to relate to, or otherwise created in a way that hooks me and keeps me interested.

This one, though, was a bit slow and boring. I really just wanted to read about the Rob and Susannah storyline, and didn't give a h
Virginia Markhart
Feb 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Different type of book for me. I always like the happy ending where the girl and the guy get together and live happily ever after. Not happening in this one. This story is rather sad. Suzannah falls hard for Rob during high school. He goes off to war and she goes to college, get drunk and loses her virginity to a nobody. Tells Rob. End of that relationship. She then marries Seth, which lasts for less than a year. Next up is Douglas who she lives with for ten years. The passion and love dies afte ...more
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I immensely loved the story "The Way We Were". I liked that it was honest and real.The writing was simple, its supporting plots and characters were moving at a good pace. I really enjoyed the technique of using flashbacks from the past and tying them in with the present day. It was a nice way of relating the past and its relation to what was happening within the current circumstances.

I must say, I was expecting the typical happy ending but by the time I finished reading it, I was glad that thing
Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Susannah and Rob were teenage childhood sweethearts they broke up 20 years ago and moved on; they have both been unlucky in love since. Susannah’s partner is older than her grumpy, controlling and won’t visit her family, he has 2 children from his previous relationship and Susannah is left to care for them while he is in work. Susannah and Rob meet at a wedding Susannah starts to think back the happy memories, she visits Rob’s parents and out of the blue Rob rings her one day, they meet up, all ...more
Nov 16, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
This book was a massive disappointment. I usually love Elizabeth Noble's writing, she is light without being meaningless and constructs great characters and stories. But this time the two main characters seemed to be puppets - they were unbelievable (particularly Rob). Mostly, the story is depressing, with the odd dip into melodrama. The one interesting part in this book is the main character's burgeoning relationship with her defacto step kids but this is not explored as much as it could have b ...more
Ardys Shafira
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When you read the first chapter youll be confused of who-is-who as Elizabeth Noble sort of mentioned all of the characters' name. The ending is just differet from most of the oter books would have so I think it's nice because it feels real.
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book isn't fantastic and I suspect I won't remember that much about it in the future, but I liked the realistic ending. I also could relate to some of the situations experienced by the characters, although I might not always agree with them.
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a lovely book about meeting your first love again the one you never forgot!! and the wonderful friendship between lifelong friends. I loved it made me cry at the end.
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't give a book that makes me cry less than a four but it did start out slow for me. Love story with some twists. I would like a second book though! But I think things will be okay
Heather Baldock
This book quickly transitioned from "Oh, this will be a quick romcom read," to "Oh my god, I can't wait to be done with this book." I kept reading, despising the main character Susannah, hoping that in some way she would redeem herself, but I wish I'd put this book down early on and not wasted my time with it. This novel feels like accounts from the author's life that she is hoping to seek sympathy for, and I found it impossible to empathize with her. The plot of her best friend having cancer is ...more
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is easy and nice to read. This romantic novel is full of suprises. When I started to read it I realised I read it before but this didn't stop me as it was so interesting to find it out again.
Jap Hengky
Dec 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: in-the-shelf
The synopsis was all well and good; it described two people who were longing to give love a second chance.
Cindy Holby
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book really surprised me as I was not expecting the ending at all. Very well written, great characters. I will definitely read more by this author.
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really, really torn about rating this book. I had a really tough time deciding between three or four stars, mostly because I enjoyed quite a few aspects of the book, but the presentation was.. Lacking at times.

I didn't realize that the author was British, so when I came across all kinds of fun British phrases, I was pleasantly surprised. The author has a nice sense of humor in terms of how her characters interact; they're amusing, yet in a realistic, almost self-deprecating way, which I a
Jan 15, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, well.
What did I think?

Hard to say, however, let me first stress this: Do net let yourself be put off from reading this book because of my low rating, if it interests you. I honestly don't think that it's badly written or anything, not that bad anyways.

Personally I just found myself enjoying this book less than I hoped, and that even though it features a main character named Susannah.
On the back cover it gets praised as "for fans of Jojo Moyes", haven't read her, but Elizabeth Noble doesn't
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, this one started well, but when I finished it, I was really down, and I finally realized that it was because Susanna, the main character, was such a jerk. Really. The copy of this book is all about second chances, but it's more like sixth chances because she keeps being selfish and shallow and demanding. The relationship she's in with Doug is already in trouble, but she refuses to do anything about it, and her passivity makes her much much less sympathetic. When she finally goes away to th ...more
Hana Kharroubi
I thought at first this was going to be a typical chicklit, but it surprised me by having more depth. What makes it more than your average chicklit is the lack of tidy endings, and the inclusion of more than just happy endings to everyone's stories. I found the characters interesting and diverse.
I just love it Susannah and Rob were childhood sweethearts. But as with most early love affairs, they broke up, moved on and now find themselves in very different places.And not entirely happy - who is?
Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting look at what people are willing to put up with, sacrifice, and do in order to have a "normal" life.

Susannah once loved someone with the passion and commitment of first love. She and Rob were so right for each other that they wanted their first time of love making to be perfect. They waited for that ideal moment and the time passed, life went on and they missed that opportunity.

Years later, after a failed marriage, living in an unhappy, unfulfilling relationship, Susannah, sees Ro
Charlotte Stevenson
I hated the ending, but loved reading through the lives of these amazing people the author created - the ones that made me laugh, the ones that made me cry and the ones that I related to despite them experiencing some things I have not yet and may never experience. I admire that these people came to life on the page as is rare in the manner that they did nowadays. I felt happy reading this book and am glad that I picked up at random as something to read over the summer. In the strange transition ...more
Apr 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
just started this one this afternoon and i cannot put it down! i have taken my head out of the book only to do laundry and eat dinner. back to reading now.........
and now i have finished. today is my bday. my gift to myself was to recline, under a soft down blanket, pillows propping me up, indulging ALL day in this book until i finished it! it was such a good book, sad in many ways, but also a feel good kind of story. the brits just know how to get to the heart of a matter, to be earthy, passion
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May 6, 2011
I liked When You Were Mine but it was a little slow at the beginning. I felt like there was something being left out. But then although I didn’t like what Susie and Rob end up doing I can understand how they got in that situation. I did feel that there needed to be more shown in the relationship between Susie and her best friend. Or is she really such a self-centered person that she doesn’t get more involved with her during her bout with Cancer? How ca
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Elizabeth Noble was born in High Wycombe, Bucks, and now lives in New York with her husband and two daughters. She studied English at Oxford University and after graduating embarked on a career in publishing before taking up writing full time. She is the author of seven novels, The Rea
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