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The First Husband

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  5,904 Ratings  ·  614 Reviews
A savvy, page-turning novel about a woman torn between her husband and the man she thought she'd marry.

Annie Adams is days away from her thirty-second birthday and thinks she has finally found some happiness. She visits the world's most interesting places for her syndicated travel column and she's happily cohabiting with her movie director boyfriend Nick in Los Angeles.
Hardcover, 246 pages
Published May 12th 2011 by Viking (first published April 19th 2011)
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Jul 19, 2011 rated it liked it
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This book felt like it just followed a formula: girl and boy in love; live together; move towards marriage; boy dumps girl for another; girl meets new boy within weeks of being dumped; girl marries new boy; old boy re-enters her life; and wants her back. This all leads Annie to re-evaluate her life, her career and her choice in men.

Even though entertaining, I didn't find anything special about it. None of the characters had any depth or background or insight as to who they really are w
Jun 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
Paint by the numbers tale inside a bunch of half put together thoughts inside a set of structures the author seems to have changed her mind about a number of times, populated by puppets of characters that dance around the main character and strike poses and say lines as appropriate to the pantomime of hackery they are unlucky enough to have been created to take part in. I bet it'll become a movie.
Have you ever read a romance where you were intrigued yet rolling your eyes in exasperation? Impressed yet cautious? The First Husband was a compelling social drama that was thought-provoking. At other moments, it felt like an onslaught of complex emotions. It was about relationships and the right -or wrong- words: a meaningful discussion, an intimation, rumors, advice or silence. It was about careers and choices. I believe most readers will sit on only one side of the literary seesaw. You will ...more
Colleen Turner
Feb 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I first reviewed this book for the blog!

When The First Husband opens we find Annie Adams completely content in her life: she gets to tour the world writing her rather successful travel column; her long term boyfriend, Nick, is beginning to taste success as a film director; her much-loved dog, Mila, is keeping her feet warm. What could go wrong? In the next breath her world begins to unravel: Nick announces he is leaving her for the possibility of a better life with a better wom
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Books about troubled, indecisive relationships can usually take one of two paths, it seems. Either they're gritty and realistic -- portraying a candid glance into an easily-relatable scenario that lets the reader feel oddly comforted that she is not alone in her own screwed-up relationships of life. Or, they decide instead to be cutesy and optimistic -- presenting fables of pink wisdom, spurring the reader to decide that she too may triumph on the other side of this yellow-brick path.

Now, if I t
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
I thought this author had a lovely, deft writing style, but I found it impossible to care about the romantic troubles of a hot travel writer with two hot men battling over her and a hot best friend (with a hot toddler!) who gladly drops everything to jet across the planet to be by her side. Her "problems" would be unattainable daydreams for 99.9999999% of the rest of humanity, with that .0000001 consisting of Heidi Klum, Ryan Gosling, and the Pekingese that just won Best In Show.
May 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The First Husband by Laura Dave is a funny, romantic adventure that follows travel writer Annie Adams. This woman seems to have it all: an exciting job, a great boyfriend, and a faithful dog named Mila. But when an unexpected turn in her relationship comes up, Annie is lost, but quickly finds comfort in the arms of a chef named Griffin.

Anyone that loves romantic comedies will absolutely be absorbed in this book. This was a very quick read for me, not because of the page count, but because I sim
Samantha March
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Annie Adams is almost thirty-two and quite happy with her life. She writes a successful travel column that takes her all over the world, has enough money to enjoy life, and lives with her boyfriend, movie director Nick, in Los Angeles. But Annie’s seemingly happy life is put on hold when Nick announces one night that he needs a break from Annie- to pursue another woman. Annie is rightly shaken, and stumbles through her haze into a neighborhood bar- where everything changes. She meets Griffin, a ...more
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

My thoughts: There are so many reasons why I liked this novel. I think the top reasons is that it gets into all the messy realities of marriage. The honeymoon is over when Annie and Griffin arrive at Griffin's (and now also Annie's) home and find Griffin's brother who is quirky, funny, cowardly, and insightful. In fact, Jesse is, perhaps, my favorite character for delivering witty yet deep truisms. Also present in the story is that the past might be past but the people are still present
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Laura Dave is the author of the critically acclaimed novels The First Husband, The Divorce Party and London Is The Best City In America. Her novels have been published in fifteen countries, and three of her novels, including Eight Hundred Grapes, have been optioned as major motion pictures. She resides in Santa Monica, California.

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