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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,195 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julie Buxbaum Narrator: Emily Janice Card Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9781415946879
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When successful twenty-nine-year-old Manhattan attorney Emily Haxby ends her happy relationship just as her boyfriend is on the verge of proposing, she can’t explain to even her closest friends why she did it. Somewhere beneath her sense of fun, her bravado, and her independent exterior, Emily knows that her breakup with Andrew has less to do with him and more to do with...her.  

As the holiday season looms and Emily contemplates whether she made a huge mistake, the rest of her world begins to unravel: she is assigned to a multimillion-dollar lawsuit where she must defend the very values she detests by a boss who can’t keep his hands to himself; her Grandpa Jack, a charming, feisty octogenarian and the person she cares most about in the world, is losing it, while her emotionally distant father has left her to cope with this alone; and underneath it all, fading memories of her deceased mother continue to remind her that love doesn’t last forever.

How this brave, original young heroine finally decides to take control of her life and face the fears that have long haunted her is the great achievement of Julie Buxbaum’s marvelous first novel.

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Quotes & Awards

  • In the character of Emily, Julie Buxbaum has created the quintessential motherless daughter: a woman who longs for the comfort of intimacy, yet fears its permanence. The Opposite of Love is a brilliant examination of loss, romance, and the jagged, imperfect, utterly realistic way we fall and stay in love. A stunning debut. Hope Edelman, author of Motherless Daughters
  • You’ll want to keep reading all night. Library Journal, Starred Review
  • A witty, touching debut novel rich with emotional truths. Women everywhere will relate to Julie Buxbaum's thoughtful, young heroine and her journey of loss and love. Emily Giffin, author of Love the One You’re With
  • Gripping, wise and extremely refreshing. I loved it. Marian Keyes, author of Sushi for Beginners and Angels
  • Buxbaum makes an appealing debut with this tale of...[a] single gal-in-the-city [who] finds her white-knuckle hold on life and love slowly slipping. Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica | 2/10/2014

    " I just couldn't finish it. I didn't feel any connection to Emily. And her story doesn't seem that catchy to me. Guess maybe this just wasn't my kind of book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Esmira | 1/25/2014

    " Nothing special, easy reading and without real plot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandie | 1/22/2014

    " I absolutely love this book - so much that I bought a copy to add to my library at home. Highly recommend! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 1/19/2014

    " This was an okay read. Good, not terrible but also not earth shattering. Sort of your typical, female lost-and-found again story line... cliche at times. But I have been reading some more challenging books lately so I appreciated a change of pace and an easier, lighter read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Relyn | 1/17/2014

    " Boring, predictable story with a main character who wasn't very likeable. The book read like Erin Brokavitch without all the attitude. Early on the book had a really ick scene involving extreme sexual harassment. I just thought it was an all around BLECH book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 1/12/2014

    " I could relate alot to this book, which is why i liked it so much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cara | 1/8/2014

    " Of the chick lit variety, but good nonetheless! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ali | 10/25/2013

    " Read the preface and the last few chapters and that was enough. Ending was sweet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Camille | 9/29/2013

    " A strong debut with an easy to relate to confused protagonist who is plagued by self-doubt and abandonment issues. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 mitzi | 8/16/2013

    " I couldn't even finish it. I can't believe I even lasted to page 86! Emily annoyed me and it was pretty foul! Don't bother on this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin Coutu | 8/4/2013

    " I love this book. If you need a good emotional read and a good cry it is the book for you. I read it in two days and as a 25 yr old can really relate to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 7/5/2013

    " A very enjoyable read. I am thankful Julie Buxbaum no longer writes legal briefs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jana | 6/16/2013

    " Almost finished and so far, it's a great read. Very contemporary, sort of sardonic chic lit, but with better writing -- the author and protagonist are both Harvard Law School grads. It's a very enjoyable read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 5/20/2013

    " Not a bad example of chick lit, unfortunately the prologue at the beginning kind of gave away the ending, so it was pretty obvious where it was heading. But it was an easy read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 3/14/2013

    " This is not great literature, but I loved this book. I liked the flow, the characters, the story, everything. All the characters were believable to me and I just really enjoyed it. It's the author's first book and I will definitely keep an eye out for more books from her. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tj | 10/27/2012

    " Two days after I read this, I could hardly remember it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anissa Martinez | 6/11/2012

    " i think this is one of the most realistic love stories i have ever read, i couldn't put it down for a sec i just had to read it till i finish it. it is so full of emotions and different mid-endings, it's wonderful "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lea | 4/25/2012

    " Loved this book - could NOT put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynnmarie Finn | 12/24/2011

    " The writing is so fluid and the characters so beautifully developed you feel like you're leaving best friends behind when you turn the last page. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 12/21/2011

    " While this book had some language in it, I really enjoyed the story. It even made me cry... of course that could be because I read it while I was sick. But I did think this was a good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gaby | 12/3/2011

    " Such a wonderful book, made me cry, laugh and it was so relatable! Loved it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 9/26/2011

    " An amazing book about self discovery "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arianna | 7/27/2011

    " I liked this book. It wasn't your typical love story. While it did still have a happy ending, it took the character a long time to realize what she needed in her life to be happy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 5/19/2011

    " A girl who has everything, to throw it away to find herself. Sounds like a good story, but the concept of her finding herself never fully developed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan | 4/27/2011

    " Boring plot, stupidly written -- could not get past page 40. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ali | 4/13/2011

    " Read the preface and the last few chapters and that was enough. Ending was sweet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ters | 3/18/2011

    " another $1 HPB find! :)
    I truly enjoyed this book, I felt for her and I wanted her to "find" herself... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 3/11/2011

    " I loved the fact that this wasn't a typical love story. I think everyone gets cold feet about how their life is supposed to be and its crazy how everyone around a person thinks other's lives should go. The book also had a hilarious spin on it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 2/18/2011

    " Fun book to read and written by a girl who graduated from my school :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nina | 2/2/2011

    " not all fluffy like most of women's literature, I really enjoyed reading it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Camilla | 1/31/2011

    " Never finished this book; it was simply the wrong book for me at this stage of my life. I was fooled by the title. I looked forward to a strong female and instead I got a girl who constantly missed her boyfriend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tami | 1/25/2011

    " Great read! Couldn't put the book down, read it in one day! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joie | 1/1/2011

    " I really enjoyed this! Very relatable, smart and engaging! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 12/22/2010

    " This book was so sad but an easy read and uplifting at the end. Will be an interesting conversation at book club... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shari | 12/15/2010

    " Twenty-something Emily Haxby is in crisis and has to make several difficult decisions about her relationship, career and family. I like the way this author write s- very clean and honest and accessible.
    "

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About the Author
Author Julie Buxbaum

Julie Buxbaum is the author of the critically acclaimed The Opposite of Love and After You, and her work has been translated into twenty-five languages. Tell Me Three Things is her first novel for young adults. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two young children, and an immortal goldfish.

About the Narrator

Emily Janice Card (a.k.a. Emily Rankin) is an actor, writer, and singer from North Carolina, now residing in Los Angeles. In addition to being a narrator, she has directed numerous audiobooks, including the 2007 Audie and Earphones Award winner Hubris, Legacy of Ashes by Pulitzer Prize winner Tim Weiner, and Them by Nathan McCall. Her own audiobook narration has won her four Earphones Awards.