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Oliver Barrett IV, a wealthy jock from a stuffy WASP family on his way to a Harvard degree and a career in law . . . Jenny Cavilleri, a sharp-tongued, working-class beauty studying music at Radcliffe . . . Opposites in nearly every way, Oliver and Jenny are kindred spirits from vastly different worlds. Falling deeply and powerfully, their attraction to one another defies ev Oliver Barrett IV, a wealthy jock from a stuffy WASP family on his way to a Harvard degree and a career in law . . . Jenny Cavilleri, a sharp-tongued, working-class beauty studying music at Radcliffe . . . Opposites in nearly every way, Oliver and Jenny are kindred spirits from vastly different worlds. Falling deeply and powerfully, their attraction to one another defies everything they have ever believed—as they share a passion far greater than anything they dreamed possible . . . and explore the wonder of a love that must end too soon. One of the most adored novels of our time, this is the book that defined a generation—a story of uncompromising devotion, of life as it really is . . . and love that changes everything.


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Oliver Barrett IV, a wealthy jock from a stuffy WASP family on his way to a Harvard degree and a career in law . . . Jenny Cavilleri, a sharp-tongued, working-class beauty studying music at Radcliffe . . . Opposites in nearly every way, Oliver and Jenny are kindred spirits from vastly different worlds. Falling deeply and powerfully, their attraction to one another defies ev Oliver Barrett IV, a wealthy jock from a stuffy WASP family on his way to a Harvard degree and a career in law . . . Jenny Cavilleri, a sharp-tongued, working-class beauty studying music at Radcliffe . . . Opposites in nearly every way, Oliver and Jenny are kindred spirits from vastly different worlds. Falling deeply and powerfully, their attraction to one another defies everything they have ever believed—as they share a passion far greater than anything they dreamed possible . . . and explore the wonder of a love that must end too soon. One of the most adored novels of our time, this is the book that defined a generation—a story of uncompromising devotion, of life as it really is . . . and love that changes everything.

30 review for Love Story

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nataliya

    "Love means never having to say you're sorry" is probably among some of the most ridiculous statements ever. ....... Luckily it's a rare blemish on a simple but beautiful story. Plus it's cheesy, corny, and insanely quotable, so I'll have to give it a pass on that. A girl and a boy meet and fall in love. Jenny is a poor artistic sorta-Catholic Radcliffe-educated Italian-American brainiac with a razor-sharp tongue. Oliver is a rich WASPy Harvard "Preppy" jock with a slew of Daddy issues and "Love means never having to say you're sorry" is probably among some of the most ridiculous statements ever. ....... Luckily it's a rare blemish on a simple but beautiful story. Plus it's cheesy, corny, and insanely quotable, so I'll have to give it a pass on that. A girl and a boy meet and fall in love. Jenny is a poor artistic sorta-Catholic Radcliffe-educated Italian-American brainiac with a razor-sharp tongue. Oliver is a rich WASPy Harvard "Preppy" jock with a slew of Daddy issues and a Roman numeral after his name. They fall in love despite the huge social gap between them. Few more Daddy issues ensue, a fight or two happens, the cheesy phrase (see above) is uttered to my sheer mortification. They may or may not name their future kid Bozo the Clown. Then Jenny dies *gasp*. And I bawl my eyes out. No worries, no spoiler tags were needed. We are warned about her death in the very first (and famous) paragraph. "What can you say about a twenty-five-year-old girl who died? That she was beautiful and brilliant. That she loved Mozart and Bach. The Beatles. And me." We know about Jenny's death from the start, and it is a true testament to Segal's brilliant characterization and narrative skills that her death still hits home, still leaves all but the most heartless readers a bawling blob of tears and snot. It did so for me, and I am a self-proclaimed cold-hearted cynic. This book is written in a fresh and honest voice. The characters feel truly alive. It is beautiful, simple, short and funny. It is sweet and touching but not overly melodramatic. It is a quintessential love story and is fully worth the few well-spent reading hours. I've read it several times since age 12, and every time it melts my stony callousy heart. "What the hell makes you so smart?" I asked. "I wouldn't go for coffee with you," she answered. "Listen - I wouldn't ask you." "That," she replied, "is what makes you stupid."

  2. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    I read Love Story because I didn't want to see the movie, but I wanted to know what everyone was talking about. While it was an affecting and sentimental little story, even at that young age I felt that it was trying too hard to tug on my heartstrings. It seemed, somehow, too juvenile, even to my then very juvenile mind. In later years, I came to realize that the movie's oft quoted line, "Love means never having to say you're sorry" is a complete falsehood. In fact, love means always being willi I read Love Story because I didn't want to see the movie, but I wanted to know what everyone was talking about. While it was an affecting and sentimental little story, even at that young age I felt that it was trying too hard to tug on my heartstrings. It seemed, somehow, too juvenile, even to my then very juvenile mind. In later years, I came to realize that the movie's oft quoted line, "Love means never having to say you're sorry" is a complete falsehood. In fact, love means always being willing to say your sorry, and to mean it. Love grows stronger with humility, and the height of pride is the belief that a union can survive an unrepentant attitude.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Love Story, Erich Segal Love Story is a 1970 romance novel by American writer Erich Segal. The book's origins lay in a screenplay that Segal wrote, and that was subsequently approved for production by Paramount Pictures. Paramount requested that Segal adapt the story into novel form as a preview of sorts for the film. The novel was released on February 14, 1970, Valentine's Day. Love Story is romantic and funny, yet tragic. It is the tale of two college students whose love enables them to overcom Love Story, Erich Segal Love Story is a 1970 romance novel by American writer Erich Segal. The book's origins lay in a screenplay that Segal wrote, and that was subsequently approved for production by Paramount Pictures. Paramount requested that Segal adapt the story into novel form as a preview of sorts for the film. The novel was released on February 14, 1970, Valentine's Day. Love Story is romantic and funny, yet tragic. It is the tale of two college students whose love enables them to overcome the adversities they encounter in life: Oliver Barrett IV, a Harvard jock and heir to the Barrett fortune and legacy, and Jennifer Cavilleri, the quick-witted daughter of a Rhode Island baker. Oliver (Ollie) was expected to assume control of his father's business empire, while Jennifer (Jenny) was a music major studying at Radcliffe College and planning to study in Paris. From very different worlds, Oliver and Jenny are immediately attracted to each other and their love deepens. The story of Jenny and Ollie is a story of two young people who come from two separate worlds and are brought together in the unlikeliest of ways. ... عنوانها: داستان عشق؛ قصه عشق؛ اثر: اریک سگال؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز سی و یکم ماه می سال 1991میلادی عنوان: داستان عشق؛ اثر: اریک سگال؛ مترجم: ناصر قاسمی؛ مشخصات نشر تهران، دماوند، 1369، در 183ص، چاپ دوم 1370؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی - سده 20م عنوان: قصه عشق؛ اثر: اریک سگال؛ مترجم: پروین قائمی؛ مشخصات نشر تهران، کتاب درنا، 1379، در 144ص، شابک ایکس - 964610536؛ عنوان: قصه عشق؛ اثر: اریک سگال؛ مترجم افشین هاشمی فشارکی؛ تهران، نشر علم، 1393، در 197ص، شابک 9789644058158؛ عنوان: قصه عشق؛ اثر: اریک سگال؛ مترجم: سودابه پرتوی؛ مشخصات نشر تهران، در 142ص؛ این‏ کتاب با عنوان «داستان عشق»، نخستین بار و با برگردان جناب آقای: «ناصر قاسمی، انتشارات دماوند، در سال 1369هجری خورشیدی»؛ و با برگردان جناب آقای: «افشین هاشمی فشارکی، توسط: نشر علم، در سال 1393هجری خورشیدی» نیز منتشر شده است اولیور بارت، جوانی ثروتمند و خوشحال و موفق است؛ او راگبی بازی می‌کند، و قیافه ی جذابی دارد؛ وی با پدرش، «اولیور بارت چهارم»، ارتباط خوبی ندارد، چون می‌اندیشد: او مرد سردی است، که تنها به آبروی خویش اهمیت می‌دهد؛ با اینحال، پدرش همیشه سعی بر سخن گفتن، و نزدیک‌تر شدن به او را دارد؛ وی روزی آنگاه که به کتابخانه می‌رود، با «جنیفر کاویلری» دانشجو، و یکی از دو مسئول کتابخانه، روبرو می‌شود؛ هنگامیکه «جنیفر» کتاب «اولیور» را به او می‌دهد، آن‌ها با هم گفتگو می‌کنند؛ «جنیفر» او را مسخره می‌کند، و او را پرپای (کسی که در یک مدرسه خصوصی درس می‌خواند) صدا می‌کند، و می‌گوید: او ثروتمند و ابله است؛ «اولیور» که از آن حرف خشمگین شده، می‌گوید: «من باهوش، ولی فقیرم؛ اینکه باهوشم دلیل بر ابلهی من نیست»؛ و «جنیفر»، پاسخ می‌دهد: «نه، پرپای؛ این منم که باهوش ولی فقیرم»؛ آن‌ها کم‌ کم به یکدیگر علاقه پیدا می‌کنند، و تصمیم بر ازدواج می‌گیرند؛ پدر «اولیور» باور دارد، او بایستی چند سال دیگر تا ازدواج صبر کند، و وقتی «اولیور» اصرار می‌کند، می‌گوید: «از هرگونه کمک مالی به او معذور است»؛ «اولیور» و «جنیفر»، با یکدیگر ازدواج می‌کنند؛ با کار سخت، سرمایه ی خود را تأمین می‌کنند؛ می‌خندند؛ گریه می‌کنند؛ بحث می‌کنند؛ دعوا می‌کنند؛ می‌فهمند که چقدر یکدیگر را دوست میدارند؛ سپس، متوجه می‌شوند که زمان زیادی برایشان باقی نمانده...؛ تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 11/06/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی

  4. 5 out of 5

    TK421

    I appreciate a good love story. No, don’t give me THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY—that book was crap. Give me a story where the characters are more aligned with Holden Caulfield or Pookie from Nichol’s THE STERILE CUCKOO. I want smart-assy and witty banter. I want characters that play by their own rules or make them up as they go along. I want the possibility of real life. Enter Erich Segal and LOVE STORY. Published in 1970, this short—133 page—novel is relatively obscure today. That’s a shame. Se I appreciate a good love story. No, don’t give me THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY—that book was crap. Give me a story where the characters are more aligned with Holden Caulfield or Pookie from Nichol’s THE STERILE CUCKOO. I want smart-assy and witty banter. I want characters that play by their own rules or make them up as they go along. I want the possibility of real life. Enter Erich Segal and LOVE STORY. Published in 1970, this short—133 page—novel is relatively obscure today. That’s a shame. Segal created wonderful characters in Jenny and Oliver. Sure, they were from Harvard and Radcliffe; they have the all-too-common poor girl and rich boy histories; but, Segal was wise with his characters. He gives the readers just enough to know them, all the while making the reader fall in love with them. Before becoming a novel, this story was intended to be a script. No one bought it. When asked to rewrite it and submit it to a publisher, instant success ensued. (It was eventually made into a movie with Segal writing the script…oh, did I mention it was nominated for seven Oscars?) So the story is simple: Rich boy falls in love with poor girl. Poor girl opens the eyes of rich boy to the nuances and beauty of life. Poor girl dies. This is all told in the opening of the book, so I’m not spoiling anything. But the emotional impact (I) you might get while reading this book is beyond words. I knew Jenny was destined to die. I knew there would be revelations about class and family. But I never expected a sparsely written book to pierce me as quickly as or as deeply as this one did. Books don’t make me cry. This one did. I transposed this love story to my wife’s and my love story. I thought about all I would have never experienced if I lost her at such an early stage of marriage. All of our inside jokes. All of the fights and I’m sorrys. All of the times when we made our happiness. Man, I sound gushy. But that is the power of this book. It awakens feelings in you. At least it did for me. Read the book. It’s short. It’s sparsely written. (Which isn’t to suggest that it lacks depth!) It’s a book that deserves to be remembered. Hey, you might even get that wonderful feeling you once had with your special someone. Perhaps I am just a hopeless romantic. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nikita

    I laughed. I cried (and believe me. i cried a lot!). I fell in love. I learned. I simply love the book. It was indeed beautifully written and it reached out into the depths of my soul. My heart just poured out as I read the last few pages of the book. Such a tiny book to stir such great emotions in me. beautiful.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Fabian

    It may be that you need "Super Sad True" in the title, for this is the only way the tale could be made relevant & contemporary in the year 2017. The jock-&-Italian-girl thing may of once been deemed, you know, sultry. As exotic for this WASP-y crowd as anything else. (Right now, 20-yr olds getting married seems a bigger, more exotic, waaaay rarer occurrence.) Snarky and sexy teens? ALWAYS in vogue. & tales of new-but-doomed love? Hella DITTO. It may be that you need "Super Sad True" in the title, for this is the only way the tale could be made relevant & contemporary in the year 2017. The jock-&-Italian-girl thing may of once been deemed, you know, sultry. As exotic for this WASP-y crowd as anything else. (Right now, 20-yr olds getting married seems a bigger, more exotic, waaaay rarer occurrence.) Snarky and sexy teens? ALWAYS in vogue. & tales of new-but-doomed love? Hella DITTO.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nan

    Shallow, contrived pseudo-tearjerker. I read this many years ago when it came out, and even though I was much younger and not as wise and mature as I am now, I realized how meaningless was the by-word of the book, "Love means not having to say you're sorry." Love actually means being constantly ready to ask for, give, and receive forgiveness. Shallow, contrived pseudo-tearjerker. I read this many years ago when it came out, and even though I was much younger and not as wise and mature as I am now, I realized how meaningless was the by-word of the book, "Love means not having to say you're sorry." Love actually means being constantly ready to ask for, give, and receive forgiveness.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mia

    I thought Erich Segal's "Love Story" would be great. I really did, considering all the hype that has lasted for decades. But... There was no chemistry at all between Oliver and Jenny--The Couple. The only thing they have in common is they like to swear a lot--which got too old too soon in the book. I mean, Oliver had way more chemistry with Phil, his wife's dad, than with his own wife. Neither characters were likable or relatable. We don't get to know them at all. All we know is that Oliver is a r I thought Erich Segal's "Love Story" would be great. I really did, considering all the hype that has lasted for decades. But... There was no chemistry at all between Oliver and Jenny--The Couple. The only thing they have in common is they like to swear a lot--which got too old too soon in the book. I mean, Oliver had way more chemistry with Phil, his wife's dad, than with his own wife. Neither characters were likable or relatable. We don't get to know them at all. All we know is that Oliver is a rich kid who loves Jenny more than money or his own father. And Jenny is this poor, smart musician who became a teacher and calls her dad by his first name. The only actual loving relationship I cared about was not the one between the couple but between the dad and son--and that was the relationship that wasn't explored at all except for when Segal sneaks in a lame attempt at reconciliation on the last page. If love means not ever having to say you're sorry, then it's good that I don't love this book because I am sorry for having read it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    ☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣

    Q: 'On the water too?' she asked. (c) Q: Don't bullshit me, Preppie.' (c) Q: 'What the hell makes you so smart?' I asked. 'I wouldn't go for coffee with you,' she answered. 'Listen — I wouldn't ask you.' 'That,' she replied, 'is what makes you stupid.' Let me explain why I took her for coffee. (c) The Waning of the Middle Ages is the opener here. Both for the exam and for the relationship in question. The MCs are initially off on all the wrong notes: Q: And she was taking some pretty snowy courses: Comp. Li Q: 'On the water too?' she asked. (c) Q: Don't bullshit me, Preppie.' (c) Q: 'What the hell makes you so smart?' I asked. 'I wouldn't go for coffee with you,' she answered. 'Listen — I wouldn't ask you.' 'That,' she replied, 'is what makes you stupid.' Let me explain why I took her for coffee. (c) The Waning of the Middle Ages is the opener here. Both for the exam and for the relationship in question. The MCs are initially off on all the wrong notes: Q: And she was taking some pretty snowy courses: Comp. Lit. 105, Music 150, Music 201 — 'Music 201? Isn't that a graduate course?' She nodded yes, and was not very good at masking her pride. 'Renaissance polyphony.' 'What's polyphony?' 'Nothing sexual, Preppie.' (c) Q: 'Jenny, if you're so convinced I'm a loser, why did you bulldoze me into buying you coffee?' She looked me straight in the eye and smiled. 'I like your body,' she said. Part of being a big winner is the ability to be a good loser. There's no paradox involved. It's a distinctly Harvard thing to be able to turn any defeat into victory. (c) Q: Listen, you snotty Radcliffe bitch, Friday night is the Dartmouth hockey game.' 'So?' 'So I'd like you to come.' She replied with the usual Radcliffe reverence for sport: 'Why the hell should I come to a lousy hockey game?' I answered casually: 'Because I'm playing.' There was a brief silence. I think I heard snow falling. 'For which side?' she asked. (c) At some point it does get better. But not by much since, eh.. all the 'narcissistic bitch' vs 'Preppy' references are quite jarring. Can 2 magna cum laude almost-graduates not talk to each other a bit more, I dunno, civilly? Tenderly? Q: 'Oliver, you're gonna flunk out if you just sit there watching me study.' 'I'm not watching you study. I'm studying.' 'Bullshit. You're looking at my legs.' 'Only once in a while. Every chapter.' '.'That book has extremely short chapters.' 'Listen, you narcissistic bitch, you're not that great-looking! ' 'I know. But can I help it if you think so?' (c) At some point they turn down on mutual naggling and the whole affair seems to become more organic. And less made up by someone's inflamed imagination. The son-dad relationship is so-so, full of 'simplistic sermonettes', posturing and 'steak' discussions. I'm not persuaded that the father is as dreadfully horrible as Ollie makes him seem to be. Maybe he's emotinally unavailable but in epoch everyone was like that and even this phrase had not yet been coined. Q: 'And there's always the Peace Corps,' he remarked, completely out of the blue. 'Sir?' I asked, not quite sure whether he was making a statement or asking a question. 'I think the Peace Corps is a fine thing, don't you?' he said. 'Well,' I replied, 'it's certainly better than the War Corps.' We were even. I didn't know what he meant and vice versa. (c) Their communication skills could do with some development. Looking for job & salary: Q: Allow me to mention, however, that Jonas and Marsh paid Oliver Barrett IV $11,800, the absolute highest salary received by any member of our graduating class. So you see I was only third academically. (c) Overall, I think I'm mildly disappointed here. The whole thing is so lukewarm... Or maybe it's just me not getting things here. Maybe.... The father-son reconciliation thing was good, at least. Other fun: Q: 'What's wrong with the 'right things'?' she asked, delighting in the apparent paradox. (c) Q: 'You'll kill us before your parents can murder us.' (c) Q: After the debacle of introducing Jennifer to her potential in-laws ('Do I call them outlaws now?' she asked) ... (c) Q: 'The bride speaks too?' he asked, almost as if this — of all things — might be the coup de grace. 'Philip,' said his daughter, 'could you imagine any situation in which I would shut up?' (c) Q: Jenny, we're legally married!' 'Yeah, now I can be a bitch.' (c) Q: I allowed that a Radcliffe music major could probably compose a nice little negative RSVP without professional guidance. (c) Q: 'Love means not ever having to say you're sorry.' (c) Overboard much too much?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sonia Gomes

    Read this book when I was 16 and was completely overwhelmed by it. But what do you expect when you are sixteen, live a simple life in a village with your parents and have dreams of a great romance. But 30 years later, am much more cynical and realise that love is not a simple 'not having to say sorry' . At sixteen however, I thought it was the greatest and with that in mind I do cherish the idea that 'love is not having to say you are sorry'. Read this book when I was 16 and was completely overwhelmed by it. But what do you expect when you are sixteen, live a simple life in a village with your parents and have dreams of a great romance. But 30 years later, am much more cynical and realise that love is not a simple 'not having to say sorry' . At sixteen however, I thought it was the greatest and with that in mind I do cherish the idea that 'love is not having to say you are sorry'.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    3.5* Oliver is a wealthy heir to the Bartlett fortune and a Harvard student. He meets intelligent, sharp and witty Jennifer, a music student at Radcliffe, at a library. Instantly attracted to her yet intimidated by her rude and confident retort, he asks her out as a bet. These two young people fall deeply in love which costs them a lot since their worlds are completely different. They are opposite in nature but highly likeable, their dialogues are funny and interesting (and a little too sweet)! Thi 3.5* Oliver is a wealthy heir to the Bartlett fortune and a Harvard student. He meets intelligent, sharp and witty Jennifer, a music student at Radcliffe, at a library. Instantly attracted to her yet intimidated by her rude and confident retort, he asks her out as a bet. These two young people fall deeply in love which costs them a lot since their worlds are completely different. They are opposite in nature but highly likeable, their dialogues are funny and interesting (and a little too sweet)! This story is an easy read and I Iiked it for the most part of the book. What I couldn't enjoy was how the relationship proceeded because it was so unrealistic, too sweet and impractical. This is a warm story about two young people so madly in love, they are blinded by it. The author tried to make the story and characters so charming and too perfect, it looked very artificial to me. Still it's a fine book and a quick read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    It's a very simple story.A boy meets a girl,they fall in love,but instead of happily ever after, there's a sad ending. But it was the emotions in the book which made it worth reading. The story is beautiful, funny,emotional,and a bit sad. As much as I loved the story,it was very simple,and I am giving it 4 stars only because it was very touching,and also because this book was capable of making me read it when it has already told the ending on the very first page. It was a great short read! It's a very simple story.A boy meets a girl,they fall in love,but instead of happily ever after, there's a sad ending. But it was the emotions in the book which made it worth reading. The story is beautiful, funny,emotional,and a bit sad. As much as I loved the story,it was very simple,and I am giving it 4 stars only because it was very touching,and also because this book was capable of making me read it when it has already told the ending on the very first page. It was a great short read!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Pooja

    'Love means never to have to say sorry.' well, my soulmate and I tell each other often sorry but they are such minor matters and the love is always there. Loved this book very much! 'Love means never to have to say sorry.' well, my soulmate and I tell each other often sorry but they are such minor matters and the love is always there. Loved this book very much!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dora Koutsoukou

    3 ❤️❤️💔🌟s❣️ Love Story was the first english book I read in my early teens and I wanted to read it again someday. Since it was written in 1970, my pov will be biased due the decades that have passed by. The opening paragraph held so much strength and emotions that had stayed with me ever since. “What can you say about a twenty-five-year-old girl who died? That she was beautiful and brilliant? That she loved Mozart and Bach, the Beatles, and me?” Oliver Being told by Oliver’s pov was thrilling for b 3 ❤️❤️💔🌟s❣️ Love Story was the first english book I read in my early teens and I wanted to read it again someday. Since it was written in 1970, my pov will be biased due the decades that have passed by. The opening paragraph held so much strength and emotions that had stayed with me ever since. “What can you say about a twenty-five-year-old girl who died? That she was beautiful and brilliant? That she loved Mozart and Bach, the Beatles, and me?” Oliver Being told by Oliver’s pov was thrilling for both periods. So, after all these years, now that I read it again, I am sorry to say that some of my present feelings are not the same as the past ones. I didn’t feel Jenny and Oliver’s love. No feelings, no passion, no chemistry. The unexpected downfall was very short and curt, yet very emotional. But let me tell you, in the end I shed tears as I had all these decades ago... Let’s not forget the famous quote “Love means never having to say you’re sorry” that arouse so many opposite opinions...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lisa (not getting friends updates) Vegan

    Read this in high school and even though love reading/loved reading stories about dying young, really didn't think much of this. Yes, I admit I was interested in Jenny & Oliver and their love story. But: when people have leukemia or whatever it was she was supposed to have had, they physically suffer a lot more. Thought the way her illness was described was so unrealistic and dishonest. And love does not mean never having to say you’re sorry; I always thought that iconic saying from the book was Read this in high school and even though love reading/loved reading stories about dying young, really didn't think much of this. Yes, I admit I was interested in Jenny & Oliver and their love story. But: when people have leukemia or whatever it was she was supposed to have had, they physically suffer a lot more. Thought the way her illness was described was so unrealistic and dishonest. And love does not mean never having to say you’re sorry; I always thought that iconic saying from the book was ridiculous. Torn about this one. The kind of book I’d normally love. And I did enjoy the class and generation differences.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anshu

    A boy and a girl meet. They fall in love. The girl dies. And we have one of the best romances of all time. SERIOUSLY?! I may as well give it no stars as far as the plot is concerned. I started it today, I finished it today and I can't decide whether it's a good thing or otherwise. Writing a short novel is fine but why do i feel like I missed the part where I was supposed to feel the love seeping through the pages (?) There's no chemistry between the couple at all. The characters are not really li A boy and a girl meet. They fall in love. The girl dies. And we have one of the best romances of all time. SERIOUSLY?! I may as well give it no stars as far as the plot is concerned. I started it today, I finished it today and I can't decide whether it's a good thing or otherwise. Writing a short novel is fine but why do i feel like I missed the part where I was supposed to feel the love seeping through the pages (?) There's no chemistry between the couple at all. The characters are not really likeable. Oliver claims to love Jennifer and he makes her give up on her dream to go to Paris and study Music so that they could get married (not to mention at a very early age). You call that 'love', eh? I don't remember him changing his career goals for her. I even fail to understand exactly why Oliver hated his father so much. There are actually so many things I fail to understand about this book. The writing is simple,the attempts of humour are not completely in vain. It's one of the least descriptive novels I've ever read. The story just goes on and you don't FEEL it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gagan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Here is a review that I wrote years back: ’What can you say about a twenty-five year girl who died? That she was beautiful. And Brilliant. That she loved Mozart and Bach. And the Beatles. And me. Oliver Barret IV went to Harvard and Jenny Cavilleri to Radcliffe. He was rich, she was poor. He was sporty, she played music. But they fell in love. This is their story.’’ The first time I came across Love Story, it was the movie and not the book. I was enthralled by the movie and when finally I got hold of the Here is a review that I wrote years back: ’What can you say about a twenty-five year girl who died? That she was beautiful. And Brilliant. That she loved Mozart and Bach. And the Beatles. And me. Oliver Barret IV went to Harvard and Jenny Cavilleri to Radcliffe. He was rich, she was poor. He was sporty, she played music. But they fell in love. This is their story.’’ The first time I came across Love Story, it was the movie and not the book. I was enthralled by the movie and when finally I got hold of the book, I was captivated by it. The book has been an emotional ride for nearly all the people I know. In those few hours while reading the book, I was snickering with laughter and weeping with bitter regret. Sometimes emotions overcome my senses when I read and I cry... This was the only book where I wept even after closing it. I read it for happiness, inspiration and love. Since the time I first read Eric Segal, I have been a great admirer of his writing (try his other book Oliver’s Story). And his first novel Love Story is simply a magnum opus . Love is the main theme because this whole book is based upon love and its many aspects. He makes the whole relationship so simple and pure somehow. You fall in love with not only the book but with Oliver and Jenny... the main characters who are from different socio-economic backgrounds; the heart and soul of the book. Love Story is a phenomenal experience. The reader becomes so involved in the conflicts between family, friends, and the couple that every incident becomes personal and is taken to heart. Oliver’s thoughts, his conversations with Jenny and the other characters are presented in an almost unassuming style which make them all very realistic. The most intelligent thing said in this book is that ’’Love means never having to say you’re sorry.’’ This book is good for anyone who thinks that love can be conquered by hate, but in reality love that is true lasts an eternity. It makes us cherish our relationship with the loved ones, and at the same time brings forth the inevitable... that every meeting has a parting. Reading it makes you feel that there is so less time to love. We pass our daily lives seldom acknowledging the love we have around us. Once a person has read this novel, he will never be able to forget how strong the grip of love has on his heart or how tragedy can lead to forgiveness. We aren’t all lucky enough to be as in love as these characters were, but the novel was written in such a way that we can all feel the both elation and the pain. ’’True love never has a happy ending, that is because true love never has an ending.’’ Love Story is optimistic without being inane, and profound without being pretentious. Buy this book. Corrupt your children. Seduce a friend into reading it. A must read for anybody and everybody in search of love.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bluetiful Hadeel

    it's an emotional roller-coaster. Wasn't much into it actually. Even the movie, it wasn't a favorite of mine. But the book was a gift from one of my friends and I thought I should give it a try. One of my main reasons of reading this book is my previous reads of other novels that were made into movies. Although those movies weren't that good, the books were absolutely amazing. As for this case, the movie and the book hold 2 stars in my humble opinion. it's an emotional roller-coaster. Wasn't much into it actually. Even the movie, it wasn't a favorite of mine. But the book was a gift from one of my friends and I thought I should give it a try. One of my main reasons of reading this book is my previous reads of other novels that were made into movies. Although those movies weren't that good, the books were absolutely amazing. As for this case, the movie and the book hold 2 stars in my humble opinion.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jessaka

    Sunshine Always Makes Me Cry Published in 1970. I read in in 1971. It was a tearjerker: A woman was dying of cancer and decides to tape record messes for her daughter, so when her daughter grows up, she will remember her mother. Get to know her. I can’t think of this book without thinking of the song, “Sunshine on My Shoulder,” which was sung by either Bill Bryson or John Denver. Just that I have an image of Bill Bryson sitting it in a bar in Australia. But the voice in my head says that it was J Sunshine Always Makes Me Cry Published in 1970. I read in in 1971. It was a tearjerker: A woman was dying of cancer and decides to tape record messes for her daughter, so when her daughter grows up, she will remember her mother. Get to know her. I can’t think of this book without thinking of the song, “Sunshine on My Shoulder,” which was sung by either Bill Bryson or John Denver. Just that I have an image of Bill Bryson sitting it in a bar in Australia. But the voice in my head says that it was John Denver who sang it. Maybe that is because there is a verse in the song that goes like this: “Sunshine on my shoulder always makes me cry, “ Then again, it too was heard by me in the year 1971. I am much wiser now. It took my reading “Cold Mountain” to learn that this kind of book is not healthy. And if you only knew how much I loved “fCold Mountain” and wish to read it again. Years ago, as in my childhood, I saw the movie, “Dule in the Sun” with Gregory Peck and I think, Jennifer Jones. If not, at least they would have made a great couple. At the end of the movie, they were shooting at each other, and yet they were in love. Just as they had almost done each other in, they crawled on the ground to reach each other, held out their hands, touched fingertips and expired.. I was heartbroken. Wasn’t this played out in “Cold Mountain?” When I was much older and living in Berkeley, I went to see “Dule in the Sun” again. Nostalgia The kind of nostalgia that turned into nausea. The audience, including myself, laughed all the way through the cheesy movie, and when the couple died at the end, we even laughed harder. I can take books with murders and other types of violence, but please don’t play with my emotions, by having a a couple or one of the partners dies. Which is why I am NOT going to read, “Me Before YOU.” Ever. Never. But seeing reviews on it has caused me to think of of book, “Love Story,” as well as the Bill Bryson singing “Sunshine” that he sang in the bar in his book, “In A Sunburned Country.”

  20. 5 out of 5

    Vani

    Oliver Barrett is the scion of the Barrett family and Jennifer a 'social zero'. Theirs is not an ordinary love story. This romance keeps the reader glued till the end, or rather an unpleasant end. The narrative is strong, effortless and edgy. No wonder it became a bestseller of its time and continues to spawn movie and TV adaptations. I can remember so many movies that have the same plot and yet, none has come close to evoking those same feelings as the book. I was literally moved to tears by th Oliver Barrett is the scion of the Barrett family and Jennifer a 'social zero'. Theirs is not an ordinary love story. This romance keeps the reader glued till the end, or rather an unpleasant end. The narrative is strong, effortless and edgy. No wonder it became a bestseller of its time and continues to spawn movie and TV adaptations. I can remember so many movies that have the same plot and yet, none has come close to evoking those same feelings as the book. I was literally moved to tears by the end. All in all, it was a lovely read and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mith

    This was a fun, refreshingly charming, quick read. That is, until it reached in, ripped my heart out and crushed it into smush. I adored the book, I adored the characters and their flaws, I adored the relationship between Oliver and Jenny. Highly recommended, please go read it if you haven't already. Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go cry into a pillow. This was a fun, refreshingly charming, quick read. That is, until it reached in, ripped my heart out and crushed it into smush. I adored the book, I adored the characters and their flaws, I adored the relationship between Oliver and Jenny. Highly recommended, please go read it if you haven't already. Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go cry into a pillow.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Syndi

    Love means you never have to say sorry. That line makes famous from this book. I am quite surprise how short is this book. Even it is short, it is a very beautiful love story. I can see Nicholas Spark takes some leaf from this book. Beautiful honest and not so dramatic. Love it. I wish I can see the movie now.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rossy

    I admit I cried at the end. And I'm sorry but love DOES mean having to say you're sorry. I admit I cried at the end. And I'm sorry but love DOES mean having to say you're sorry.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ivana Books Are Magic

    I enjoyed Love Story. I found it interesting and easy to read. I didn't quite like it as much as I imagined I will, though. The novel opening lines are among the most dramatic in the history of literature ("What can you say about a twenty-five-year-old girl who died? That she was beautiful. And Brilliant. That she loved Mozart and Bach. And the Beatles. And me."). So, I was expecting an emotional tale. Did I get emotionally involved while I was reading it? Not at all. However, there are many th I enjoyed Love Story. I found it interesting and easy to read. I didn't quite like it as much as I imagined I will, though. The novel opening lines are among the most dramatic in the history of literature ("What can you say about a twenty-five-year-old girl who died? That she was beautiful. And Brilliant. That she loved Mozart and Bach. And the Beatles. And me."). So, I was expecting an emotional tale. Did I get emotionally involved while I was reading it? Not at all. However, there are many things about Love Story that I liked. I found it such an interesting read. For example, when you think about USA from a perspective of an outsider, you often see it as a coherent nation, but like in the most nations, when you dig a little deeper you find all kinds of interesting mixes. Perhaps surprisingly, the most interesting part about this novel for me was not the tragic love story itself but the honest portrait of divisions and boarders that are created by religion and social status. They can be overcome as they are in novel, but usually it means giving up a part of your identity, as the protagonists do in the novel. I mean the lovebirds in question don't seem to mind, it's mostly their families that object. Nevertheless, this is due to the fact that neither of them really practices their religion. So, they they are married in a civil ceremony and everyone is happy. If they were really religious, there could have been problems, for one of them would have to give something up. This novel got me thinking about Protestantism and Catholicism, and despite the fact that they are both Christian religions, the history and present shows some definite tension between the members. Obviously there is the historical context but what is the reason of animosity today? Well, religion is always complicated. I guess I'm trying to say that I was more interested in the details of this novel than the plot and story line. Perhaps it was that the novel was too short to really identify with the characters or there was just something missing for me to feel really engaged. If I remember well, I read this novel in about an hour. The narrative was easy to follow. All in all, Love Story proved a quick and easy read. Another thing I liked is that the protagonist is very sincere and at times humorous. Moreover, the dialogues between him and Jenny( his soul mate) are witty. The opening lines of the book certainly got attention, and the book kept my attention- but to be honest it was somewhat of a shallow kind of attention. As I already said, I didn't feel deeply emotionally or intellectually engaged. I was interested in the book while I read it, yet I did not feel that much. In other words, I liked it and I though it a nice and at times funny read, but I was not deeply impressed. The tragic story itself left me cold and didn't feel credible. There was something juvenile in it, like it was there only to tear jerk us if you know what I mean. Maybe I'm just not a romantic person. My final opinion is that while it is worth reading, Love Story not life-changing. It is a lovely novel, but not the kind I would care to read again.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Neha

    Today I got to watch the movie and the characterization and the setting was gorgeous, and the love was simple and special between Oliver and Jennifer. I first read this book when my college friend asked me to read it and gave her copy. She was a voracious reader and somehow had read a lot. She did introduce me to a new reading world in a way. Although she was quite snobbish about it so I may not admit to her. I read sporadically but with her it became the frequent go to and we shared books, I ha Today I got to watch the movie and the characterization and the setting was gorgeous, and the love was simple and special between Oliver and Jennifer. I first read this book when my college friend asked me to read it and gave her copy. She was a voracious reader and somehow had read a lot. She did introduce me to a new reading world in a way. Although she was quite snobbish about it so I may not admit to her. I read sporadically but with her it became the frequent go to and we shared books, I have memories of the books she learnt me ‘Angela’s ashes’ and what not. In fact she told it was a short read and a classic while lending. I told her I am not too much in a romantic genre, and 19 year old me was a romantic but not the dying one. I felt it was too sad and tragic for me and I wanted a love story simple and beautiful far away from any real tragedy. So not my favorite, may be 3 stars. I now at 38 I got to watch the movie and the romance made sense to me because life is to love and be loved while you can. Some stories are for old souls 😀🤗

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    My rating: 2 of 5 stars Source: Library Checkout *I plan to discuss parts of this book in detail so spoilers!* Oliver Barett IV is a rich jock from a well-to-do family. Jenny Cavilleri is a poor, wise ass sorta chick. This is definitely a case of opposites attract with a touch of Romeo and Juliet syndrome; they were destined to fail from the beginning. But they meet; they fall in love, etc. etc. And as the summary so eloquently puts it: “…sharing a love that defies everything yet will end too soon. My rating: 2 of 5 stars Source: Library Checkout *I plan to discuss parts of this book in detail so spoilers!* Oliver Barett IV is a rich jock from a well-to-do family. Jenny Cavilleri is a poor, wise ass sorta chick. This is definitely a case of opposites attract with a touch of Romeo and Juliet syndrome; they were destined to fail from the beginning. But they meet; they fall in love, etc. etc. And as the summary so eloquently puts it: “…sharing a love that defies everything yet will end too soon.” “What can you say about a twenty-five-year-old girl who died?” That is the very first line of the book so right off the bat you know you’re in for an emotional tale. But that’s the funny thing... it all seemed very impassive to me. Vapid. Insipid. And that’s the furthest from what I was expecting to feel from such a renowned and supposed emotional tale. The thing that really bothered me the most about this story was I never fully believed those two actually loved each other; it felt far too contrived. Oliver’s father’s declaration that he is NOT to marry Jenny otherwise he would basically disown him seemed like the catalyst for Oliver’s proposal and nothing more. To me, it wasn’t a proposal that was emotionally charged but rather a petty attempt to do the opposite of what daddy tells him just because he can. “Love means never having to say you're sorry.” Of course I had to include/discuss the most famous line of the book since I don’t quite agree with it. I think love means you’re more likely to be forgiven but I don’t think that should excuse you completely from an apology. But if love means never having to say you’re sorry, then that would mean that any future actions are automatically forgiven and following that same vein means you could do whatever you want because it’s okay, he/she loves me. Honestly, we all fuck up at one point or another in relationships because this shit is no cake walk but love doesn’t automatically excuse you from wrong. Love means you can fuck up, you can apologize, you can talk about it if need be and you can behave like mature adults and grow and learn from the experience. Love means never having to say you’re sorry? No. That’s a total cop out. There was also a ton of cussing, which I don’t have issue with considering I cuss like a sailor, but the dialogue sounded like a 6th grader trying to include cuss words in their everyday speech and ends up overdoing it. It was very forced and awkward feeling. Oliver and Jenny even replaced cute nicknames for cuss words as well. At one point he casually referred to Jenny as “my wife, the bitch” and I think he frequently called him a bastard. Or an asshole. Possibly both? I can accept that they obviously had a ‘different’ sorta love for each other and that’s just how they expressed themselves but it was very off-putting. The other issue I had was with the doctor and Oliver’s decision not to tell Jenny of her own illness, but I realize since this book is 43 years old there are customs that occurred then that I’d never be able to fully grasp and understand. Erich Segal was the Nicholas Sparks of his era with his tales of epic love. He’s not known for his literary masterpieces but he was a prominent name a few decades back and it was just one of those that I had to try out for myself. Plus, I was told that this book would absolutely make me cry (which books don’t make me do often) so I had to accept that challenge. I won by the way. Will I try more of his works? Maybe. Sappy tales aren’t normally my thing but every once in a while when I’m dealing with a chemical imbalance in my brain it makes me want to pick up this kind of stuff, so maybe someday. Have you read Love Story or any other novels by Segal? If so, are there any you would recommend?

  27. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    I found this book in our cabin up on Monhegan Island in Maine. I'm the biggest baby when it comes to romance. We were sitting there playing Scrabble (there's no tv) and listening to Delilah on the radio. I was already almost finished with this book, so I read it between my turns. I just started flat out bawling at the table in front of everyone as I finished. It's such a quick read, but man does this book pack an emotional punch. The characters really come to life. Although their basic descripti I found this book in our cabin up on Monhegan Island in Maine. I'm the biggest baby when it comes to romance. We were sitting there playing Scrabble (there's no tv) and listening to Delilah on the radio. I was already almost finished with this book, so I read it between my turns. I just started flat out bawling at the table in front of everyone as I finished. It's such a quick read, but man does this book pack an emotional punch. The characters really come to life. Although their basic descriptions may seem like the stereotypic rich boy and poor girl, the family interactions and heartache really hit home. I did read the sequel to this book, but I like to just pretend it was based on totally different characters. The emotional dynamics of the second just can't compare.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ankit Saxena

    It could have been much better and with more pages to contain much story content but Nope. The book is actually like a short story. Jen seems good to me and on number #8 on the scale of #10 what most guys would like to have as their partner. However, the Barett IV seems to be the typical American child, from, be it '60s, '70s, or Now. Same as that of Holden Caulfield but bit more educated. The whole story went with very few changes around and nothing much so different as expected. However, being s It could have been much better and with more pages to contain much story content but Nope. The book is actually like a short story. Jen seems good to me and on number #8 on the scale of #10 what most guys would like to have as their partner. However, the Barett IV seems to be the typical American child, from, be it '60s, '70s, or Now. Same as that of Holden Caulfield but bit more educated. The whole story went with very few changes around and nothing much so different as expected. However, being short in words I found it good enough to cover so fast and with ease because of its easy language, as well. To not giving it so hype as it had so far; For me it deserves: 3.0/5.0

  29. 4 out of 5

    Plch

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. >>> I wrote the following answering to an inquiry, I repost it here in case anyone else is interested... two stars because it was readable and not overdrawn, synthesis is a virtue I appreciate, especially when the literary value is scarce (it's cliche' galore, as it has already been mentioned). What I did not appreciate is how the characters behaved *before* she got ill: with all his hard feelings against his cold and very rich father, Oliver sets out to become a high income corporate lawyer?? and >>> I wrote the following answering to an inquiry, I repost it here in case anyone else is interested... two stars because it was readable and not overdrawn, synthesis is a virtue I appreciate, especially when the literary value is scarce (it's cliche' galore, as it has already been mentioned). What I did not appreciate is how the characters behaved *before* she got ill: with all his hard feelings against his cold and very rich father, Oliver sets out to become a high income corporate lawyer?? and Jenny renounces a promising pianist career to becomes a decorative wife which contents herself with playing the piano in their very expensive flat?? blah! color me disgusted. (reading here about the sequel I learnt that Oliver ends up working for his dad... surprise? no!)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marvin

    If 70's writers were teen celebrities, Erich Segal would have been Bobby Sherman or, to use a more contemporary analogy, Justin Beiber. But there is no analogy or scale on earth that would describe how bad this novel is. After reading Love Story in the 70s, I had to go to the bathroom to purge myself. A regular diet of this crap would cause literary bulimia. The movie didn't fare any better having caused me to endure a lifetime hatred of both Ali McGraw and Ryan O'Neal. You have been warned. If If 70's writers were teen celebrities, Erich Segal would have been Bobby Sherman or, to use a more contemporary analogy, Justin Beiber. But there is no analogy or scale on earth that would describe how bad this novel is. After reading Love Story in the 70s, I had to go to the bathroom to purge myself. A regular diet of this crap would cause literary bulimia. The movie didn't fare any better having caused me to endure a lifetime hatred of both Ali McGraw and Ryan O'Neal. You have been warned. If you are unfortunate to read this book, I recommend that you immediately read Gone Girl as an antidote. Or if you see the movie, a Nora Ephron film marathon should work.

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