I really was anxious to read this book after "Love Story". I wanted to know what happened to Oliver after Jenny's death. In the end I just felt sorry for Oliver. Poor Oliver is heartbroken. He is probably the most ethical lawyer ever existed in fiction. Also, I feel the desire to check to see where products are made before purchasing due to Oliver's morality. This novel, even though it was not the main part of the plot, brought to light the appalling use of child labor and sweatshops to bring American wealth. Oliver, who's family gained their wealth from hard working and underpaid immigrants, feels an obligation to put his foot down when it comes to using children and third world workers.
I read this book because I remember reading Love Story a while back and liking it, but I'm not sure I would be very interested in it if I read it today. By the time I finally got to reading this, I wasn't very excited since it had been so long since I read the last one, but I wanted to get it read because I had been borrowing it from a friend for a very long time and wanted to get it back to them. The writing is done decently and at a pretty nice pace-it's an easy read which helped.
But, I didn't enjoy it much-I can't seem to have much sympathy for characters with a lot of money and not much else going for them, and that's all the only characters that were in this book. It was a romantic comedy about rich people-two things I don't really dig. I was pleasantly surprised by the ending, but it still took way too long to get there. (less)
From the inside cover:
Jenny Cavilleri's death was the tragic climax of LOVE STORY. Now, two years later, her husband, Oliver, is still unable to come to terms with his guilt and grief. All around him, friends go on with the hoyous experience of living. But he exists in a void. Until one day, by accident, he meets an unusual woman whose personal life is veiled in mystery. Oliver's search to find out who she is becomes a quest for his own emotional identity: to find out who HE is.
Oliver Barrett IV found the love of his life in Jenny Cavilleri. And though the time they spent together was brief, it was enough to last a lifetime. Or so Oliver told himself. Living without her for two years now, he still believes he will never love again. Until the day he meets a beautiful and mysterious woman, and suddenly the future seems very different than Oliver thought it would be.
The tale of one man's journey out of the lonely darkness of heartbreak into the warm embrace of love, this moving and beautiful sequel to Love Story will capture your heart as only Erich Segal can.