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Review: One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

One True Loves is one of those books I read to stop everything to finish. I was reading like three other books and I still stopped everything to finish. I began reading it while I was brushing my teeth. It’s that compulsively readable! Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.


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.


While reading, One True Loves I became obsessed. I told everyone I saw that week and made my friends tell me what they would do. Because that’s one of the things that makes it so captivating – what would we do? What would we do when our world seems to end? When the person we thought we’d love forever is gone? And then to mourn, to put together the pieces of our lives, only to find out they’re not? Talk about a difficult choice.

And that’s part of what made One True Loves so compelling – you can definitely see each of their perspectives. Emma, Jesse and Sam are stuck in this triangle that – in many ways – is generations in the making. In a love triangle, it’s not so much about these two people, but more about who we are with them. Who each of them represent to us. That’s something that truly resonates with this book deeply.

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At the same time, this book’s message about love? Broke my heart – in the best way. It’s a book that dismantles this idea of one – a singular – true love. It’s a complex story about guilt, anger, and resentment. All while being a story about love. If you love those truly knife twisting emotional books? This is for you. What an emotional ride which has profound implications about love in our lives. Find One True Loves on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound, & The Book Depository.


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