Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Love Story (Love Story, #1)” as Want to Read:
Love Story (Love Story, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Love Story

(Love Story #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  49,965 ratings  ·  2,606 reviews
Oliver Barrett IV, a wealthy jock from a stuffy WASP family on his way to a Harvard degree and a career in law . . . Jenny Cavilleri, a sharp-tongued, working-class beauty studying music at Radcliffe . . .

Opposites in nearly every way, Oliver and Jenny are kindred spirits from vastly different worlds. Falling deeply and powerfully, their attraction to one anoth
...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by Avon (first published February 14th 1970)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Love Story, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
This question contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
Nguyen Duy
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
This question contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
Laura
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.61  · 
Rating details
 ·  49,965 ratings  ·  2,606 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of Love Story (Love Story, #1)
Nataliya
May 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: To hopeless romantics that we all are deep down inside

"Love means never having to say you're sorry" is probably among some of the most ridiculous statements ever.
.......

Luckily it's a rare blemish on a simple but beautiful story. Plus it's cheesy, corny, and insanely quotable, so I'll have to give it a pass on that.



A girl and a boy meet and fall in love. Jenny is a poor artistic sorta-
...more
Greg
Sep 20, 2008 rated it it was ok
I read Love Story because I didn't want to see the movie, but I wanted to know what everyone was talking about. While it was an affecting and sentimental little story, even at that young age I felt that it was trying too hard to tug on my heartstrings. It seemed, somehow, too juvenile, even to my then very juvenile mind. In later years, I came to realize that the movie's oft quoted line, "Love means never having to say you're sorry" is a complete falsehood. In fact, love means always being willing to say y ...more
TK421
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family-epic
I appreciate a good love story. No, don’t give me THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY—that book was crap. Give me a story where the characters are more aligned with Holden Caulfield or Pookie from Nichol’s THE STERILE CUCKOO. I want smart-assy and witty banter. I want characters that play by their own rules or make them up as they go along. I want the possibility of real life. Enter Erich Segal and LOVE STORY. Published in 1970, this short—133 page—novel is relatively obscure today. That’s a shame. Se ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Love Story, Erich Segal
Love Story is a 1970 romance novel by American writer Erich Segal. The book's origins lay in a screenplay that Segal wrote, and that was subsequently approved for production by Paramount Pictures. Paramount requested that Segal adapt the story into novel form as a preview of sorts for the film. The novel was released on February 14, 1970, Valentine's Day. Love Story is romantic and funny, yet tragic. It is the tale of two college students whose love enables them to o
...more
Nikita
Feb 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, novel
I laughed. I cried (and believe me. i cried a lot!). I fell in love. I learned. I simply love the book. It was indeed beautifully written and it reached out into the depths of my soul. My heart just poured out as I read the last few pages of the book. Such a tiny book to stir such great emotions in me.

beautiful.
Fabian
Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It may be that you need "Super Sad True" in the title, for this is the only way the tale could be made relevant & contemporary in the year 2017. The jock-&-Italian-girl thing may of once been deemed, you know, sultry. As exotic for this WASP-y crowd as anything else. (Right now, 20-yr olds getting married seems a bigger, more exotic, waaaay rarer occurrence.)

Snarky and sexy teens? ALWAYS in vogue. & tales of new-but-doomed love? Hella DITTO.
Nan
Aug 24, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: chick-lit
Shallow, contrived pseudo-tearjerker. I read this many years ago when it came out, and even though I was much younger and not as wise and mature as I am now, I realized how meaningless was the by-word of the book, "Love means not having to say you're sorry." Love actually means being constantly ready to ask for, give, and receive forgiveness.
Mia
Sep 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
I thought Erich Segal's "Love Story" would be great. I really did, considering all the hype that has lasted for decades. But...

There was no chemistry at all between Oliver and Jenny--The Couple. The only thing they have in common is they like to swear a lot--which got too old too soon in the book. I mean, Oliver had way more chemistry with Phil, his wife's dad, than with his own wife.

Neither characters were likable or relatable. We don't get to know them at all. All we kn
...more
Jenny
It's a very simple story.A boy meets a girl,they fall in love,but instead of happily ever after, there's a sad ending. But it was the emotions in the book which made it worth reading.

The story is beautiful, funny,emotional,and a bit sad.

As much as I loved the story,it was very simple,and I am giving it 4 stars only because it was very touching,and also because this book was capable of making me read it when it has already told the ending on the very first page. It was a great short read!
Pooja
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was told to read this book by my favorite junior and sister when I told her I've got into a relationship and how I feel complete and it's so so so beautiful between us.

She asked me to read this book because I am going to find some similarities between the characters in the book, the relationship they had and between my soulmate and me.

And I was glad to find out that the similarities, yes, they were there. And I felt really nice after reading this short little book.
...more
Lisa Vegan
Sep 21, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hopeless romantics?
Read this in high school and even though love reading/loved reading stories about dying young, really didn't think much of this. Yes, I admit I was interested in Jenny & Oliver and their love story. But: when people have leukemia or whatever it was she was supposed to have had, they physically suffer a lot more. Thought the way her illness was described was so unrealistic and dishonest. And love does not mean never having to say you’re sorry; I always thought that iconic saying from the book ...more
Bluetiful Hadeel
it's an emotional roller-coaster.
Wasn't much into it actually. Even the movie, it wasn't a favorite of mine. But the book was a gift from one of my friends and I thought I should give it a try. One of my main reasons of reading this book is my previous reads of other novels that were made into movies. Although those movies weren't that good, the books were absolutely amazing.
As for this case, the movie and the book hold 2 stars in my humble opinion.
Gagan
Aug 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Rossy
Feb 17, 2015 rated it liked it
I admit I cried at the end.
And I'm sorry but love DOES mean having to say you're sorry.
Ivana Books Are Magic
I enjoyed Love Story. I found it interesting and easy to read. I didn't quite like it as much as I imagined I will, though. The novel opening lines are among the most dramatic in the history of literature ("What can you say about a twenty-five-year-old girl who died? That she was beautiful. And Brilliant. That she loved Mozart and Bach. And the Beatles. And me."). So, I was expecting an emotional tale. Did I get emotionally involved while I was reading it? Not at all.

However, there are many th
...more
Anshu
Jul 03, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, books-i-own
A boy and a girl meet. They fall in love. The girl dies. And we have one of the best romances of all time. SERIOUSLY?! I may as well give it no stars as far as the plot is concerned.
I started it today, I finished it today and I can't decide whether it's a good thing or otherwise. Writing a short novel is fine but why do i feel like I missed the part where I was supposed to feel the love seeping through the pages (?) There's no chemistry between the couple at all.
The characters are not rea
...more
Vani
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oliver Barrett is the scion of the Barrett family and Jennifer a 'social zero'. Theirs is not an ordinary love story. This romance keeps the reader glued till the end, or rather an unpleasant end. The narrative is strong, effortless and edgy. No wonder it became a bestseller of its time and continues to spawn movie and TV adaptations. I can remember so many movies that have the same plot and yet, none has come close to evoking those same feelings as the book. I was literally moved to tears by th ...more
Mith
This was a fun, refreshingly charming, quick read. That is, until it reached in, ripped my heart out and crushed it into smush. I adored the book, I adored the characters and their flaws, I adored the relationship between Oliver and Jenny.

Highly recommended, please go read it if you haven't already. Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go cry into a pillow.
Bonnie
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bonnie by: Beverly J.
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Source: Library Checkout

*I plan to discuss parts of this book in detail so spoilers!*

Oliver Barett IV is a rich jock from a well-to-do family. Jenny Cavilleri is a poor, wise ass sorta chick. This is definitely a case of opposites attract with a touch of Romeo and Juliet syndrome; they were destined to fail from the beginning. But they meet; they fall in love, etc. etc. And as the summary so eloquently puts it: “…sharing a love that defies everything yet will/>*I
...more
Danielle
Apr 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantics
Shelves: romance-love
I found this book in our cabin up on Monhegan Island in Maine. I'm the biggest baby when it comes to romance. We were sitting there playing Scrabble (there's no tv) and listening to Delilah on the radio. I was already almost finished with this book, so I read it between my turns. I just started flat out bawling at the table in front of everyone as I finished. It's such a quick read, but man does this book pack an emotional punch. The characters really come to life. Although their basic descripti ...more
Syndi
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love means you never have to say sorry.

That line makes famous from this book. I am quite surprise how short is this book. Even it is short, it is a very beautiful love story. I can see Nicholas Spark takes some leaf from this book. Beautiful honest and not so dramatic.

Love it. I wish I can see the movie now.
Plch
May 15, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Neha
May 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chicklit, romance
I am the kind of person who has never read 'MBs' . yes.. the. 'Mills & Boons' mania. Infact by the age I realised what they are and how essential they were in the growing years of a girl's life, I never even felt like reading them. So you can imagine how I feel about love stories, the candy floss romance, boy meets girl & they start dating & before they knwo they fall in love and then the problems start. So here I have summarised 99% of the love stories written - sometimes the only d ...more
Maida
Re-read April 11, 2015

I loved this novel when I was growing up. Now as an adult, I can detect some of its flaws. I wasn't around during the 60's (the time period in which this novel was set), but surely there had to have been some "code of medical ethics." (view spoiler) ...more
~~Poulomi Sylphrena Tonk$~~
3.5 Harvard and Radcliffe stars!

Meet Oliver Barett IV, Harvard undergraduate and an aspirant in law studies. Rich as gold, total hockey jock.
Enter Jenny Cavilleri, studying music at Radcliffe. Sassy and exceedingly witty. And here’s how it all started:

“What the hell makes you so smart?” I asked.
“I wouldn’t go for coffee with you,” she answered.
“Listen- I wouldn’t ask you.”
“That,” she replied, “is what makes you stupid.”


The book exploits films and tiers of chee/>
...more
Marvin
May 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: my worst enemy
Recommended to Marvin by: My first wife who also recommended Atlas Shrugged.
If 70's writers were teen celebrities, Erich Segal would have been Bobby Sherman or, to use a more contemporary analogy, Justin Beiber. But there is no analogy or scale on earth that would describe how bad this novel is. After reading Love Story in the 70s, I had to go to the bathroom to purge myself. A regular diet of this crap would cause literary bulimia. The movie didn't fare any better having caused me to endure a lifetime hatred of both Ali McGraw and Ryan O'Neal. You have been warned. If you a ...more
Ankit Saxena
It could have been much better and with more pages to contain much story content but Nope.

The book is actually like a short story. Jen seems good to me and on number #8 on the scale of #10 what most guys would like to have as their partner. However, the Barett IV seems to be the typical American child, from, be it '60s, '70s, or Now. Same as that of Holden Caulfield but bit more educated.

The whole story went with very few changes around and nothing much so different as ex
...more
Ashma
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
This 'goddamn' book is like reading script of Indian movie with different characters and slightly different storyline.

Nevertheless, this 'sonovadognbitch' did succeed in triggering slight emotion inside me.

3.5 stars for this 70's book!
Jean Pearl
Feb 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Romance and Tear-jerker freaks
Recommended to Jean Pearl by: Nikita Ompang
Okay. So expectedly I cried, especially in the end part where tragedy has to happen. Add to that my former knowledge of this as a tragic one and the flashing introductory warning of "What can you say about a twenty-five-year old girl who died?". It was inevitably tragic. But the conciseness, simplicity and realistic profoundness of every part of this book brought me more to be drawn to this. There's nothing more genuine and wonderful and truer than having to experience the love and having to fac ...more
Ishan
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
"What can you say about a twenty-five-year-old girl who died? That she was beautiful and brilliant. That she loved Mozart and Bach. The Beatles. And me.

Segal starts off by letting us know the end, but still when the end came, it stirred me deeply.
The narration is fresh and sets apart from the other stereotypical love stories.
Although i found the line on the cover page "Love means never having to say you are sorry" ,kind of a cliché. But apart from that i enjoyed every bit of i
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Five Point Someone: What Not to Do at IIT
  • 2 States: The Story of My Marriage
  • One Night at the Call Center
  • The 3 Mistakes of My Life
  • Anything for You, Ma'am: An IITian's Love Story
  • I Too Had a Love Story
  • The Palace of Illusions
  • The Immortals of Meluha (Shiva Trilogy, #1)
  • The Twelve Dancing Princesses: A Folk Tale From The Brothers Grimm
  • The Secret of the Nagas (Shiva Trilogy #2)
  • A Bend in the Ganges
  • Kane and Abel (Kane and Abel, #1)
  • Mrs Funnybones
  • Sahir Ludhianvi - The peoples poet
  • Revolution 2020: Love, Corruption, Ambition
  • Sidney Sheldon's The Phoenix
  • That Thing Called Love
  • Train to Pakistan
See similar books…
708 followers
Erich Wolf Segal was an American author, screenwriter, and educator. He was best-known for writing the novel Love Story, a bestseller, and writing the motion picture of the same name, which was a major hit.

Other books in the series

Love Story (2 books)
  • Oliver's Story (Love Story, #2)
“Love means never having to say you're sorry.” 467 likes
“What the hell makes you so smart?" I asked. "I wouldn't go for coffee with you, " she answered. "Listen -- I wouldn't ask you." "That, "she replied "is what makes you stupid.” 235 likes
More quotes…