By Jennifer Weiner
4 out of 5 stars
Rachel Blum and Andy Landis meet very sweetly when they are eight years old. Andy has come into the ER with a broken arm and Rachel has been in the hospital for a while after having heart surgery. She’s no stranger to hospitals because she was born with congenital heart disease. Rachel likes to get in a wheelchair and tool around the hospital, unnoticed, looking for stories to tell her friend who has terminal cancer and doesn’t get out. She’s sitting in the corner when a woman drops off Andy. She wheels herself over and waits with him until his mom arrives. They are from two different situations, Rachel from a well-to-do Jewish family in Florida, with parents who dote on her. Andy is biracial. He lives in Philadelphia with his mother and they barely make ends meet. The two become fast friends but then they are both off to their own worlds.
They meet again at a summer camp and their relationship becomes more. They are both on opposite paths though, Rachel goes off to college and becomes quite the snobby sorority girl. Andy is training hard for the Olympics. They come together, go separate ways but there is always something that brings them together again.
The story takes place over three decades and asks the question: will they ever be together for good?!
When there is a new Jennifer Weiner book out, I am all over it! From the moment I picked up Good in Bed , I was a fan. I have never been disappointed in any of her books. This is the perfect summer fare. It’s not the heaviest read but you will be rooting for Andy and Rachel throughout the whole book. I found myself talking to the pages a few times. “Oh, you don’t want to be with her.” “Rachel, what’s wrong with you?” And I admit to a little tear at the ending. And I realized I was smiling while I was reading it. I love when a book makes me do that.
I happily received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.