Friday, March 1, 2013

Book Review~Love Story by Erich Segal

Title: Love Story
Author: Erich Segal
Publisher: Hodder and Stroughton
Pub Date: Januay 1st 1970
Format: Paperback
Pages: 133
Genre: Romance, Drama, Tragedy, Contemporary
Links: Goodreads ~ Amazon 
Synopsis: The Phenomenal National Bestseller and Enduring Classic He is Oliver Barett IV, a rich jock from a stuffy WASP family on his way to a Harvard degree and a career in law.

She is Jenny Cavilleri, a wisecracking working-class beauty studying music at Radcliffe.

Opposites in nearly every way, Oliver and Jenny immediately attract, sharing a love that defies everything ... yet will end too soon. Here is a love that will linger in your heart now and forever.

Rating: 3/10
Source: Bought
Cover Talk: I love the cover! I'd be lying if I said I didn't buy this book because of the pretty cover. I love the hearts and flowers and the soft red/pink 

My Thoughts: I did not like this book. I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. It was okay and I'd probably forget about it soon.

I've heard a lot about this book but it seriously did not live up to the hype. At least not for me. I really don't like insta-love. In fact, it seriously pisses me off! So when Oliver fell in love with Jen on their first date, after he had been rude to her and then forgotten about her, I didn't believe it for a second! Plus, the characters weren't that memorable. Jen was so smart-ass and cocky that it made me hate her. And, though, Ollie was a bit better, I didn't like him much either. The story whooshed by so fast that I didn't feel any connection to the characters whatsoever. I didn't even cry! Which really says something because I'm very sensitive and a hopeless romantic. 

The writing was okay, nothing special. I hated the way Ollie and, especially, Jen talked. But maybe that's how people talked at that time. I also hated the fact that there were so many curses. I don't mind curses but in everyday language? Please, that just kills the purpose of curses.

The only thing I liked (sometimes) was the witty remarks Jen & Ollie made at each other. And the only scene that brought tears to my eyes (which never flowed down) was the last scene between Oliver and his father. Even Jen's death didn't make me tear up.

All in all, it was an okay story. If you want to read it, then I wouldn't stop you or warn you against it but I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone either. If you want to read a tragic romance then I'd say A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks is a much better choice.

Favorite Quotes: 

“What the hell makes you smart?" I asked.

"I wouldn't go for coffee with you."
"Listen - I wouldn't ask you."
"That," she replied, "is what makes you stupid.” 

About The Author:

Erich Wolf Segal was an American author, screenwriter, and educator. He was best-known for writing the novel Love Story, a bestseller, and writing the motion picture of the same name, which was a major hit.

1 comment:

  1. One goes ahead and pens the most amazing "Love Story" ever with a memorable line saying "Love means never having to say you're sorry" that captures the world in its beautiful pain of finding love and losing it.
    Now how do you write a sequel that if not dares equal at least compliments its predecessor?
    This is the story of Oliver Barrett IV 18 months after losing his lovely wife Jenny who tries to move on with an equally troubled Marcie Nash...
    This book is soother, a book that takes it slow and that is the biggest USP!
    Erich Segal is the class that inspires many Indian and foreign writers to produce such heart touching books...


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