Meant to Be: A Novel by Emily Giffin
Author: Emily Giffin
Genre: General Fiction (Adult), Women's Fiction
No. of Pages: 352
Date of Publication: 31 May, 2022
My Rating: 4 Stars
Okay. I just finished this and I have feelings. Complicated ones. I’m therefore going to step away from this review right now, so I can type this up once I’ve processed.
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My first marriage, which I really wasn’t keen on entering (lonooooog story) took place during the weekend that JFK Jr’s plane went down, and I remember watching the news with the desperate hope that these three young people would be rescued. As the days went on, that hope diminished until the worst was confirmed.
This book while certainly inspired by JFK Jr, and his Carolyn, is also completely its own story. Both main characters here were sympathetic and relatable, even in spite of Joe’s familial fame and fortune. I cared about both of them, separately as well as together. The secondary characters are well fleshed out, despite the relationship between Cate and Joe being the main focus of this novel.
Although I wasn’t able to get this via NetGalley, I was fortunate enough to borrow an ebook via my public library on pub day. I started reading this one immediately, and I read this one pretty non-stop over two days (because I didn’t want to stop) and then returned it for the next person on the waitlist.
I’m glad I read this and I do recommend it.