Review: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

One True Loves contains the ultimate love triangle. I usually cannot stand love triangles. I don’t understand how someone can be so indecisive about who love or who they want to be with. But in this book it actually makes sense. Emma fell in love with Jesse in high school. They left their small Massachusetts town together to attend the University of Los Angeles, and they never looked back. They followed their dreams and traveled the world. The night before their one year wedding anniversary, Jesse left for a job in Alaska, and the unthinkable happened, his helicopter crashed into the Pacific Ocean, and he was declared dead.

Now almost 4 years later, Emma has moved on, she’s fallen in love with Sam, and they’re engaged to be married. And then Jesse comes home. Emma is confused and torn – rightfully so. Who does she truly love? Jesse? Or Sam? Or both?

This book was so good! Talk about suspense. I couldn’t put this book down. I needed to know who Emma would pick. Jesse is the adventurous first love. He made Emma take chances and pursue her dreams. But Sam is the sweet, steady, practical love that she has grown comfortable with after the traumatic event of losing Jesse. I knew who I would pick, but I was never sure until the end who Emma would pick.

The emotions in this book were so real. Through Emma’s voice, I was able to experience her struggle. I described this book to my husband as being like the movie Cast Away but from Helen Hunt’s perspective. This book will definitely make my top reads of 2016 list. I loved it!

Rating: 5 stars

A Slice of Brie Book Club

I read this book as part of A Slice of Brie‘s online bookclub.

One True Loves
Taylor Jenkins Reid
Simon and Schuster
June 7, 2016

In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.

On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.

Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness.

That is, until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.

Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly?

Emma knows she has to listen to her heart. She’s just not sure what it’s saying.

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    1. Yes, it was unbelievably hard. That’s why I couldn’t put this book down. I needed to know who she was going to choose. I can’t even imagine being in that situation.

    1. Yes, I know! I was so happy with the ending. 🙂 My sister and I were reading it at the same time, and we had a phone conversation in the middle where we were both sure it was going to go the other way, and we were so disappointed. Haha.

  1. Great review! I loved this one, too, and was super happy with the ending. Haven’t read anything else by TJR yet, but I plan to!

  2. I never even thought about how this was a love triangle, which means the author handled it so well! I had such a hard time putting this book down too. As much as I knew who I wanted Emma to pick, I honestly wasn’t sure which way the book would end. I think the emotions and feelings were so real too and I was so invested in their lives while reading it.
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    1. I agree. I kept going back and forth on who she would pick. I always knew who I wanted her to pick, but I was so invested and so unsure. The writing was amazing! Great book club pick. 🙂

    1. Yes, you do! 🙂 I still need to read After I Do (which I am getting from the library soon) and Forever, Interrupted. I have loved both of her other books so far.

    1. I know. Her writing is so good! Very realistic and so emotional. I can’t wait to read After I Do and Forever, Interrupted. I have After I Do on hold at the library right now. I’m hoping to get it in November.

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