Book Review: One True Loves, by Taylor Jenkins Reid. 3.5 Stars


The story-line of One True Loves is, in my opinion, rich and wholesome. The characters are good hearted and full of love. Emma Blair, the main gal, is full of self reserve and doubt as a teenager. That is until she meets the love of her life Jesse. He was handsome, confident, and popular. He brought her out of her shell and their love developed into something real and pure. Life happened and Emma lost Jesse, for what she thought was forever. Over time, and after much grief and dismay, she was able to move on and fall for another. Jesse turns up alive and ready to rekindle their love, leaving Emma confused and left to chose between him and her new love.

The story bounces around a lot, going back and forth from different time frames. This usually drives me a little nuts, but in the case of One True Loves it managed to bring the story together in a thought provoking, heart tugging way. Bouncing around helped to unravel the story uniquely so that you are able to fully understand Emma’s emotions. It really is a beautiful love story from more than one angle, making the entire plot unique and pure.

Now, the reason for my mediocre rating is this: I felt the pace to be slow and the flow to be dry. The wording choice and the authors approach at writing in general seemed a little to cutesie for my taste. Don’t get me wrong, this style is actually preferred more often than not, but for me it seemed average. To cut and dry. It was predictable and in a way I had to force my way through. It didn’t quite suck me in the way I was really hoping it would have. Perhaps my slight disappointment is partly to blame on the abundance of outstanding reviews and hype. I was built up and up, only to read it and think “Meh” … I did like it. But, I didn’t love it. The story-line was great but I felt like it needed a little bit more spunk and flare.



Named a Best Book of Summer by Cosmopolitan * InStyle * Redbook * Us Weekly * PopSugar * Buzzfeed * Bustle * Brit+Co * Parade

“No one does life and love better.” –InStyle
“Earth-shaking…you will flip for this epic love story.” –Cosmopolitan

“Reid’s heartwrenching tale asks if it’s possible to have multiple soul mates.” —Us Weekly

From the author of Maybe in Another Life—named a People Magazine pick—comes a breathtaking new love story about a woman unexpectedly forced to choose between the husband she has long thought dead and the fiancé who has finally brought her back to life.

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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