I had previously read Emily Giffin's Love the One You're With and thought it was pretty good, but throughout reading this one I kept having the nagging suspicion that every protagonist in this author's books are essentially the same woman with very slightly different circumstances going through a major decision or crossroads in her life. I repeatedly got confused for a few moments while reading because I kept getting the protagonist from the other book mixed up with this one. Their lives, personalities, and decisions kept bleeding together into a very disappointing, repetitive mess. Meanwhile the secondary characters were all so paper thin and poorly constructed with such little personality and originality that I couldn't even keep their names straight or give a crap about any of them.
So overall this was a huge let-down. Everyone's raving about Emily Giffin's new book Where We Belong but I'm not sure I even want to give her another chance. I'm noticing a distinct pattern with her books: she reels you in with an intriguing plot and everything's cool and exciting in the beginning, and then about halfway through it's like she runs out of ideas and reverts to dated cliches and lets her characters just go through the motions until she reaches her quota of pages. And then boom, the ending is completely uncharacteristic of the character she created in the beginning. The only reason I actually finished this thing (and omg it draaaaagged on and on and on) is that it really bugs me not to finish a book. Arg, so much wasted time here.