Move over Jodi Picoult because Jillian Medoff is in the room.
At Jennifer Weiner’s suggestion (yes THE Jennifer Weiner), I moved this book to the top of my reading list and am very glad I did. A blended family, love, an old flame, adult sibling stuff, an accident, ramifications from the accident- I Couldn’t Love You More has all of these- not to mention the outstanding layered story and the depth of character development!
Eliot, the female main character, lives with Grant, her long term partner and their one child together and his two children from a previous relationship. All is going along fine until Finn, Eliot’s college love, turns up and turns her world upside down. While I love these characters, I think I loved Eliot’s sister, Sylvia more. You can’t stand Sylvia early in the book but your admiration for her grows as the story progresses. Tragedy strikes and Eliot and Grant struggle to deal. I don’t want to spoil the story but to say Medoff handles the tragedy in such a believable way that you feel Eliot’s pain and Grant’s angst. Just read the book! I look forward to Medoff’s next book as she is an uber author on the rise!
Quotes from the Book
Eliot says to her 4 year old who “hates” her elite school, ” … you love school. And when you graduate, statistics indicate that you’re more likely to go to a better college, have a profitable career, and a satisfying retirement. This is the path to Emerald City, sweet pea. You remember The Wizard of Oz, don’t you?”
“I check my watch, careful not to fall into Finn time, which is when the universe opens like a wind tunnel and time flashes by at lightning speed: minutes become days, days become months, months become years. A whole Life can pass by like time-lapse photography.” Eliot’s mother says, “Being your mother doesn’t make me any less my own person. I existed for forty years before you came along, and while I owe you a fair amount of myself, I don’t owe you everything.” Hachette Book Group provided a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. What are you reading and where are you going?