Summary (from Goodreads):
“From the “hilarious, heartbreaking, and insightful” (The Miami Herald) bestselling author Jennifer Weiner comes a sweeping, modern day fairy tale about first romance and lasting love.
Rachel Blum and Andy Landis are eight years old when they meet late one night in an ER waiting room. Born with a congenital heart defect, Rachel is a veteran of hospitals, and she’s intrigued by the boy who shows up all alone with a broken arm. He tells her his name. She tells him a story. After Andy’s taken back to the emergency room and Rachel’s sent back to her bed, they think they’ll never see each other again.
Rachel, the beloved, popular, and protected daughter of two doting parents, grows up wanting for nothing in a fancy Florida suburb. Andy grows up poor in Philadelphia with a single mom and a rare talent that will let him become one of the best runners of his generation.
Over the course of three decades, through high school and college, marriages and divorces, from the pinnacles of victory and the heartbreak of defeat, Andy and Rachel will find each other again and again, until they are finally given a chance to decide whether love can surmount difference and distance and if they’ve been running toward each other all along.
With honesty, wit, and clear-eyed observations about men and women, love and fate, and the truth about happy endings, Jennifer Weiner delivers two of her most memorable characters, and a love story you’ll never forget.”
I feel like the easy comparison here is to When Harry Met Sally…
Rachel and Andy meet as kids and keep running into each other, just like Harry and Sally. (But where Harry and Sally form a friendship and then fall in love, Rachel and Andy start dating. They don’t really ever do the just friends thing.)
This is an incredibly fun novel. Obviously I was rooting for Rachel and Andy to figure it out and get together (their backgrounds are different, and Andy is a runner, which Rachel could literally not care less about) but I also enjoyed the two of them separately.
We keep checking in on them in various points—sort of like One Day, but without the ending—and that was a fun idea. Also, since this takes place over years, it was nice to see the characters evolve a bit.