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Marian Caldwell is a thirty-six year old television producer, living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and satisfying relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door . . . only to find Kirby Rose, an eighteen-year-old girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had sealed off forever. From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian’s perfectly constructed world—and her very identity—will be shaken to its core, resurrecting ghosts and memories of a passionate young love affair that threaten everything that has come to define her.
For the precocious and determined Kirby, the encounter will spur a process of discovery that ushers her across the threshold of adulthood, forcing her to re-evaluate her family and future in a wise and bittersweet light. As the two women embark on a journey to find the one thing missing in their lives, each will come to recognize that where we belong is often where we least expect to find ourselves—a place that we may have willed ourselves to forget, but that the heart remembers forever.
Marian and Conrads story was cute. The way they were so in love for such a short time. The way he never forgot about her. Part of me hoped for a reunion at the end of the book, but at the same time, I thought it would have been a little too perfect. The ending, with the way he left and the way she let him go, was perfect. It was sort of open, because there is the possibility of them seeing each other again. There was nothing saying ‘yes, for sure’ or ‘no way.’ I like that kind of ending.
I like that Conrad isn’t perfect. He’s understandably mad at Marian, but he doesn’t take that out on Kirby. He actually meets with her and wants to get to know her. There is a very cute father-daughter moment that we get. It was absolutely perfect. I like how Conrad also helps push her to go to college, but not to harshly.
Kirby is my favorite character in this story. Her relationship with Philip is just so cute. It’s started out as a forced date, but turned into a good friendship. It was another reminder of how first loves can be. It was innocent and sweet.
Peter was a bit of a douche. From beginning to end he wasn’t understanding or helpful to Marian, he was judgmental and rude. I was so happy when she broke it off. Which is probably what Emily Giffin wanted us to feel.