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Love Story [Paperback]

Erich Segal
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He is Oliver Barrett IV, a rich jock from a stuffy Wasp family on his way to a Harvard degree and a career in law.

She is Jenny Cavilleri, a wisecracking working-class beauty studying music at Radcliffe.

Opposites in nearly every way. But they fell in love.

This is their story.

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  • Paperback: 133 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034012508x
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340125083
  • ASIN: 034012508X
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 11.2 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 387,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A lump forms in the throat and starts growing until it feels like a football coming up sideways. You either fight it or let it out (New York Times)

We loved it and we think you'll love it too (Sun)

Beautifully written . . . profoundly moving (Sunday Express)

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Heartbreaking classic that has sold well over 21 million copies now in a stunning new Valentine's edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two thumbs up!!! 28 Feb 1999
By A Customer
This is one of the rare books that captivte all audiences. I'm 14 and this is the best book I have ever read. The characters are vivd and the plot simple enough for anyone to understand. I would reccomend this book to anyone who is a sucker for tear-jerkers. I have to admit, though, that I did see the movie first; but this book takes the cake---hands down for a book that deserves to be made into a movie!!! Although the book is much more detailed, Ali and Ryan portray Jenni and Oliver better than anyone could. In concusion, this book in my opinion, even though it isn't exactly a classic, is the best in my book!!! (LOL)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A story to be remembered 4 Jun 1998
By A Customer
Being in love means you never have to say you're sorry are words to live by. I read this book before I saw the movie. They both made me cry. For those who like to be moved when reading a book this is the one for you to pick up. Two kids from opposite sides of the tracks come together, you'll be able to see yourself in one of the characters. Curl up with this book on a cold winter night or when your laying down in the warm summer sun. Either way it will be memorable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I CRIED!!! 21 May 1998
By A Customer
This book shows what "love" really means. Two people who were SO opposite can really click that way. As a 15 year old girl, my mother recommended this book to me, and I know I will be eternaly greatful. This book has changed the way I look at romance novels.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I want to call it trashy but.... damn. 15 Jan 2006
Why a four? Well I did want to give it a three, This is a predictable book, the story line is not "out there", it only exploits the emotions of happiness and sadness, because of it's theme and characters it is in no sense broad. *STILL*, it may not be the best book of all time, but I do intend to read it again, and I can feel it growing on me right now. The more I think about it, the more I like the depth and practicality of it, and the more I can say to praise this book. It is not broad but the theme it concentrates on is well explored and very well explained. I felt sorry for the characters at the right times and I was actually involved in the story, possibly helped by the first person narrative. It is in no way a dull read, the event are displayed in a chronological timeline, which is not always clear being at completally different paces in the relationship, but this helps with the emotion of being caught up in emotions. Importantly I liked the characters as people, as in actualy liked them, and could see why they would fall in love with one another.
Having read about complaints about the narrative of this I would have to disagree, this is not a book about the life you lead with the person you love or the people around you, this is about the love you feel for the love of you life. The entire narrative is base on emotions concerning love, be it between lovers or family (with reference to class, these are brief, non the less important) rather than descriptions of place or character. Being only 127 pages long the size of the book and the power of it's content is superb, I have read it now in one sitting of about two hours and did not get bored.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It kills me every time! 8 Oct 1997
By A Customer
For such a thin little book, Love Story really packs a punch. I have probably read it 12 times, and it never fails to stir up so many emotions. I forced my non-reader husband to pick it up, and he is really getting into. Only, I wish he would hurry because I want it again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compare and Contrast 4 Aug 1999
By A Customer
A little while ago I read Bret Easton Ellis's refutation of romance and the rich entitled "The Rules of Attraction" and I enjoyed it very much, but it left me confused and I wanted another perspective. "Love Story" is perfect for that job.
I found the socioeconomic implications in the book far more interesting than the romantic ones. Oliver Barret IV is one of the most fascinating characters I've ever read about. Here's where the comparison between "The Rules of Attraction" comes in; the idea that a character like Oliver can forego materialism and superficiality to experience "true love" seemed preposterous after reading Ellis's book, but I liked the shock. It was fun.
"Love Story" is optimistic without being inane, and profound without being pretentious. Oliver Barret's "story" is a paradigm for the (I'm sure) real-life embodiments of Ellis's characters, and while "Love Story" might be unrealistic, it's a good, thought-provoking read. Get it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a delightful read.. 3 Sep 1999
By A Customer
if there's any book which make you laugh and cry at the same time,its this..i read it when i was thirteen(i'm 14 now)and it still has the same really sets me wondering about love,if love like that really exists,you know,the part about "love means never having to say you're sorry"and all.if two people can be so right for each other like oliver and jenny.its really wonderful..thumbs up,erich seagal..great work!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Story is a wonderful book. 13 April 1999
By A Customer
I think that Love Story says a lot. Anyone can love no matter what,even if you are different worlds. It is a book that people who are cynical towrds love should read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book
Lovely book, must read love story
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Beautiful Story
I thought I'd be the last person on earth to find a love story, by any name or by any writer, a moving and powerful work, but I'm eating my words here and now. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Pierce Erikson
5.0 out of 5 stars favourite book of all time
I have 2 copies of this book already which are now so worn from the amount of times read. Quite short book but powerful and cry everytime. Read more
Published 16 months ago by claire
4.0 out of 5 stars A very sweet story!
I was originally interested in Love Story because it mentioned that Oliver and Jenny are college students - or are, at least, at the start, and I immediately thought, "Could be New... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jo
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like it
Unfortunately, nothing about this book captured my attention. The last few chapters of the book were the most interesting, but still nothing that I found exciting or that I was... Read more
Published on 17 Oct 2011 by Stepping Out of the Page
1.0 out of 5 stars French love story!
The copy I recieved was written in French when there was nothing in the product info to say it would be. Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2011 by Rebecca89
5.0 out of 5 stars classic novel
Not sure what it is that brought me back to this short novel. I first read it and saw the movie in the 80s when I was an impressionable teen. I still enjoyed reading it today. Read more
Published on 5 Oct 2010 by anibani
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple and beautiful
This is a lovely book. I like Erich Segal anyway but have never read this until now. Read it one sitting as it was so short and if you have a heart at all it is impossible not to... Read more
Published on 12 Nov 2009 by C. Madden
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I admit i dont normaly read books but for some reason i decided after being told to read it by a friend that i would have a read. Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2009 by Ms. H. A. Latham
5.0 out of 5 stars Love+Story+Tragedy=Classic
It is very difficult to write something about a book that has been so hyped, discussed and praised the world over. Read more
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