Author: Erich Segal

Book Blurb:

Oliver Barrett IV, a wealthy jock from a stuffy WASP family on his way to a Harvard degree and a career in law . . . Jenny Cavilleri, a sharp-tongued, working-class beauty studying music at Radcliffe . . .

Opposites in nearly every way, Oliver and Jenny are kindred spirits from vastly different worlds. Falling deeply and powerfully, their attraction to one another defies everything they have ever believed—as they share a passion far greater than anything they dreamed possible . . . and explore the wonder of a love that must end too soon.

One of the most adored novels of our time, this is the book that defined a generation—a story of uncompromising devotion, of life as it really is . . . and love that changes everything.

My Review:

I read this book years ago. It is one of those classics that even those who are not that into reading would have come across. Come to think of it, I first came across this book in the Bollywood movie “Mujse Dosti Karoge”. Literally, from the entire movie, I could remember that these people were talking about this book. So, I got the book from the local library and gave it a read. So this review might be clouded by nostalgia. If I read this book again, I will update the review accordingly.

This is a nice, contemporary read. This book was one of the first romances I read, and I remember I was totally drawn to the story line. The characters are so adorable, and the language is so simple, I hardly know anyone who has read it and has not shed a tear or two over it. I certainly shed my fare share of tears over it.

This story is a classic. The rich guy who falls in love with the next door girl that leads to whirlwind of a romance which is then followed by a tragedy. It was, I believe, a pioneer in setting this trope, quite successively though.

The book was quite short, and is indeed one of the best books ever written in this genre. For those of you who are stuck in a rut or are looking for some “good romantic read” be sure to try this one out.

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