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One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid Book Review

Reason for Reading This Book:

I have read quite a few books by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Some have been big hits for me and others have not. My intent while visiting a local used book store was to get a few more of her books that I have not read. Unlucky for me I was only able to get a copy of The Seven Husband’s of Evenly Hugo, which I didn’t have a copy of yet but have read and liked. The next weekend I was a fall festival and one of the booths was a book seller. I picked up a Colleen Hoover book for my twin sister and One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid for myself. I read the summary of the book and it piqued my interest. I only read books I buy when I am on a long waitlist at the library. I am also selective of the books I buy both for ebooks and physical. While on a waitlist for two books I read One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid  I should also mention I have not seen anything about this book anywhere so I had no idea if it was liked or not.

Content of This Book:

Emma Blair married her high school sweetheart, moved to her dream state, and was working a job she loved. On her first wedding anniversary her life changed for the worse. Her husband goes missing, and is eventually pronounced dead, while on a work trip to Alaska. Emma has finally picked up the pieces of her life and is loving life again when her ‘dead’ husband is recused and back in her life. Emma struggles to accept his return as she feels like she is with a ghost because she had already grieved the husband she lost and the life they had together. Emma now has to navigate her relationship with her fiancĂ© Sam and husband Jesse. Will she go back to her old life and Jesse or will she move forward with Sam and the new life she has built for herself?

What I Liked About This Book:

The plot switched between a few different timeframes. One was her childhood and adolescence. The other was her years in college and their first year of marriage. The third timeframe was the period between Jesse's disappearance and his rescue. The last timeframe was the ‘current day’ or time after Jesse returned. With so many different timeframes the reader is bound to prefer some over the others, this was true for me. I found myself becoming disinterested when reading a timeframe that I was not particularly interested in. On the other hand when it was a timeframe I liked in the plot I was fully in it and enjoyed reading that part. For a book where the narrator is deciding between which guy she wants, the author did make a good case for each relationship, but in my opinion there was only one right answer from the start. One thing that I found really relatable was Emma's love of her job at the book store. As someone who is in a job and work environment that I love, I was really appreciated this being included in the book because it was refreshing and made a strong case for which relationship I rooted for. Another aspect of this book that was not only relatable but enjoyable to read, was the maturity and shift in relationships. I specifically enjoyed and related to Emma's relationship with her sister and how it changed over the years depending on where they were each at in their lives. Overall the book was enjoyable but also forgettable.

What I Disliked About This Book:

One of my favorite parts of all the books I have read by Taylor Jenkins Reid is the inclusion of fame, glamor, and a luxurious lifestyle. This book had none of that, which was a letdown. Overall I found the length of the book to be unnecessary. I feel as though the time for Emma to make her decision was unnecessarily drawn out. The decision did not come until the very very end and then the author quickly wrapped up and gave a small update following the decision. As mentioned above, I knew who I wanted her to end up with so getting to the decision was brutal and made me annoyed with some of the other plot points. Something that I was itching to learn more about was Jesse's experience during his disappearance. His refusal to discuss it really irritated me and when he finally did share I was not fully satisfied. I wish Emma would have pushed him sooner and for more details.

Would I Recommend This Book?

When it comes to the books I have read by Taylor Jenkins Reid this is not even close to one of my favorites. As one of her books I would not recommend it and as a book recommendation in general, I would also not recommend it. Overall this book was quite forgettable and the author has published better books. I now see why I have not seen this book circulating around social media. I recommend reading my reviews of other Taylor Jenkins Reid books and choosing one of those books to read instead.


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