That's Not a Thing
It was Aaron Rapp, a former Ivy League football player and baby-saving doctor who finally helped ...more
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Wesley blames Meredith and leaves for a trip across Europe, not before ending their engagement.
Flash forward and Meredith is dating Aaron. They eventually get engaged, and Meredith can finally breathe again. Their engagement party is in a restaurant owned by none other than Wesley, and Meredith is seeing him all over now. When she sees him, he’s clearly not over her. Of course this causes ...more
Can a relationship survive when old love walks back in? That's Not a Thing , Jacqueline Friedland's new novel, has its own ideas.
Meredith is happy. She’s engaged to Aaron, a handsome pediatric neonatologist, and while her job as a corporate lawyer doesn’t quite satisfy her, it does give her financial security and the occasional chance to work on a human rights case. Sure, she'd rather do something more fulfilling, but maybe someday.
One night when she and Aaron are at dinner with fri ...more
Meredith and Wesley met during college at Columbia and their love story was completely enthralling, until a tragic accident caused their horrible breakup. Years later, Meredith, was now in another relationship with Aaron, a pediatric hear ...more
“I wonder if you ever grow up enough that the tensions and complexities abate, that you can get through one freaking meal without having to consider the lifelong implications of your every action.”
Jacqueline Friedland’s newest novel, That’s Not a Thing, is an emotionally packed narrative that examines love, heartbreak, and the rekindling of one’s life passion. Friedland’s protagonist, Meredith Altman, is a successful attorney at a ...more
disclaimer: i usually start my reviews off with a quote i loved from the book, even if i didn't enjoy the book itself. but "that's not a thing" left me with such trauma that i went for the one that aggravated me the most and that i feel sums up the whole book.
i would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for an arc, and i would also like to thank the universe fo ...more
The story was instantly engaging. I liked the flashback scenes toward the beginning, which explained the reasons behind what Meredith was feeling and why her situation was so complex. (They also made me nostalgic for college.) I can't relate in terms of wanting to get back ...more
That’s Not A Thing was a wonderful read about love—first love, lasting love, familial love. Love is complicated and Friedland covered some very sad, emotional topics without making it feel like too heavy of a read. I was hooked on this one from the first page and I never felt it waning. In fact, I stayed up late just because I didn’t want to put it down.
I highly recommend this one when you’re in the mood for some great women’s fiction that will have you feeling all the emotions.
I received an ...more
I’ve never been yanked around by my heartstrings so much by a book before.
I didn’t remember anything about the synopsis before I picked up this book to read it, and I’m glad I didn’t. I’m glad I went into the novel blind, because I thought I had a pretty good idea about where this book was going, and I was so wrong.
I won’t go into detail here for that reason.
The first half of this book is told in a dual timeline. Sometimes when this hap ...more
Wow! Beautiful, Touching Tribute to the Power of True Love, Warms the Soul, Pulls at every possible heartstring!!
"Meredith Altman’s engagement to Wesley Latner ended in spectacular disaster—one that shattered her completely. Years have passed since then, and now she’s about to marry Aaron Rapp....."
That's the intro to what I can most certainly says is by far my favorite book of 2020!
The story of Meredith, Wesley and Aaron will have you ...more
I'm not quite sure where to start with this one. Meredith is just a bit of a train wreck, honestly. It seems like her family was kind of a mess, and she just didn't really get ahead herself.
I felt like the pace was really off here. Not just because of the flashbacks vs. current times, but also within each of those it seemed like there would be big gaps where maybe some details would have been helpful.
The rela ...more
Put this on your TBR for April! ...more
This book was just one big, hot mess. I felt like this book had every plot line that could be used. I won't reveal them because what would involve spoilers, but this book just didn't work for me. Meredith just seems like a train wreck. I didn't feel an attachment to any of the characters, and the book just seems to end far too abruptly.
That's Not a Thing will take turns that will surprise the reader and kept this story fresh for ...more
What can I say about this one, other than READ IT. My friends who love Colleen Hoover, Staci Hart, and Emily Giffin will love this one. I went into it almost completely blind, not even remembering the synopsis after a "first day on Netgalley" requesting frenzy, so I didn't really know what I was getting into. I will say that I think it's almost better that way, which is tempting me to leave an intentionally vag ...more
What a story! Talk about a roller coaster ride of emotions that at times made me feel that the characters were dealing with the roller coaster car about to careen off the rails. This book was filled with feels and had me thinking about what I would have done if in the position of Meredith but also of Aaron, Wesley and some of the supporting characters. This book will definitely stay with me for awhile.
The story beings in 2017 but flips back to a period ...more
At its heart, this book is about dealing with life's disappointments and moving forward. It also shows in heartbreaking clarity how life's choices can impact your future in both good and bad ways. You should live life fully every day with no regrets....easier said than done, I know.
The main character, Meredith is engaged ...more
Meredith Altman and her fiance Aaron Rapp, who is a physician are celebrating their engageme ...more
After they leave the dinner Meredith is reeling from seeing someone she was once so close to, but hasn't had contact with in years. Slowly through some flashbacks we learn how th ...more
Wesley and Meredith were meant to be until they weren't. Meredith somehow finds a way to go on eventually and meets the kind, gorgeous doctor Aaron her current fiance. Her world collides one night while celebrating her engagement they ...more
Unfortunately it just fell flat for me. So many subplots were never mentioned again and not wrapped up in any way. WHY did they spend so much time talking about the immigrant she was representing? Page after page of super detailed information and then POOF- he's just never mentioned again.
Meredith is one of the most self-obsessed, unlikeable MCs ever. She's so wrapped up in herself it makes it imp ...more
For fans of Rebecca Serle’s books The Dinner List or In Five Years
This book drew me in right away. There are sad moments in it but it’s not a sad book. I felt as torn as the main character did. I would have liked to have read more about her and Wesley falling in love in college - the flashbacks ended around the second part of the book and left me wondering. There were just some missing pieces that I would have enjoy ...more