Book club day! For February's book club we chose Jennifer Weiner's Who Do You Love. We've loved some of Weiner's books in the past (Good In Bed, Certain Girls and several others), and looked forward to jumping into this one. Weiner also cracks us up on twitter with her live tweeting during the Bachelor/Bachelorette - definitely fun to follow if you like watching the show. As always, here are our thoughts and we can wait to hear yours!
I have mixed opinions on this book. Normally I love Jennifer Weiner's novels, but I found this one hard to get into at points. Part of that could have been because I was sleep deprived and with dealing with a newborn. Ultimately I loved the characters and really wanted Rachel and Andy to end up together. Even though they were both flawed I felt like it was adorable that they found each other after that first childhood meeting in the ER.
Following them across their lives, both together and apart, was interesting. It was great to see how their childhoods molded them into what they became as adults. I was a little shocked (disappointed??) more so at Andy's character throughout the book than I was in Rachel's, but again it shows how people are flawed and often make choices they know aren't ultimately right.
The end kind of surprised me too. I figured out that they would more than like cross paths again, but was surprised at how it ended (don't want to give away any spoilers). And then it just ended? My guess is we had followed their journey enough to know how it was going to continue, but still I needed just a little bit more of a happy ending. At least more than love in a Home Depot. :)
Would I recommend it? I am mixed still. It wasn't a page turner that kept me up all night, but at some points I felt invested.
Now to Discuss: Did you enjoy the novel? What did you think of Rachel's childhood and how it affected her decisions/choices as she became older? What did you think of Andy and Rachel's relationship?
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
From the Back Cover:
The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they've always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.
Mare Barrow's blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.
Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?