Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Heart of The Matter

"Tessa Russo is a stay-at-home mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie—a boy who has never known his father. Although both women live in the same Boston suburb, they are strangers to one another and have little in common, aside from a fierce love for their children. But one night, a tragic accident causes their lives to converge in ways no one could have imagined.
This is the moving, luminous story of good people caught in untenable circumstances. Each being tested in ways they never thought possible. Each questioning everything they once believed. And each ultimately discovering what truly matters most."

Plot: The plot itself isn't actually original, yet Giffin amazingly makes it seem like it is the most original plot ever, I just couldn't stop reading it! The compassion and heart ache and Giffin's outstanding ability to make the situation real and honest. It isn't sugar coated or Hollywood. 

Characters: As I have always said and hope to always say is Giffin's characters are not characters they are real people, they are you, me, you neighbor, your loved one... etc. She does human psychology and pathology unbelievably well. I felt a connection to every character in this book.

Pros: Truthful, hard to put down, great characters.

Cons: slightly predictable, lost momentum towards the end.

Final Thoughts:  I find it hard that Emily Giffin will ever write a book I don't like. Her writing is so real and so true. There is always a character for someone. I can relate toTessa cause I have things in common with her, but I can relate to Valerie too. Just like other women can. The book was not what I expected at first and was not yet predictable until you hit that turning point in the book. But even with the predictable ending the book was still a good read. The other thing I like about this book is like many other books Giffin gives her characters from previous books Cameos. Usually small, but this time it is a lot bigger a cameo since Tessa's brother is Dex... So yes,Rachel and Dexter from Something Borrowed. Are in this book as well. Which iscool cause it is an look at their life after.. Over all Giffin did not disappoint so if you are a fan you will enjoy it and if you are a chick lit reader who likes a little more realism then fluff you will love this book.

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