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Review: Love the One You're With, by Emily Giffin

In Love the One You’re With, Ellen is a 33-year-old photographer, married just three months to Andy. One day, in a crosswalk, she encounters someone familiar—her ex boyfriend, Leo. Ellen suddenly finds herself overcome with her past, as Leo invites her to shoot photographs for a major magazine, and later as she and Andy move to Atlanta. All of a sudden, Ellen finds her life changing way to fast.

Like Giffin’s first three books, Love the One You’re With is about the life choices we make. Ellen’s choice here is somewhat predictable, but the journey she makes toward that decision is poignant. In this novel, Ellen has the greatest sexual chemistry with Leo, and its easy to see why she was attracted to him in the first place. Her relationship with Andy, however, seems a little out in left field. In addition, Ellen herself got on my nerves, because she kept posturing herself as better than her husband’s family (desite the fact that they look on her as one of their own).

On the other hand, I think that Ellen’s situation is relatable. We’ve all run into an ex here and there, and we’ve had to make the kinds of decisions that Ellen makes here. Emily Giffin’s books are always thought-provoking and “intelligent” chick lit. That said, however, I definitely preferred Something Borrowed to this book.

Also reviewed by: S Krishna Books.


nbbaker1102 said…
I just started reading Baby Proof by Emily Giffin for my bookclub. I agree that it definitely is thought-provoking. I've marked some passages that I feel like came right out of my head!

Maybe I'll check out this one next.

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