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3.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 53.52 out of 5 3.52 (33 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julie Buxbaum Narrator: Ariadne Meyers Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9780739359051
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With perfect pitch for the humor and heartbreak of everyday life, Julie Buxbaum has fashioned a heroine who will be instantly recognizable to anyone who has loved and lost and loved again.

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. “You’re your own worst enemy,” her best friend Jess tells her. “It’s like you get pleasure out of breaking your own heart.”

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. Written with the authority, grace, and wisdom of an author far beyond her years, The Opposite of Love heralds the debut of a remarkable talent in contemporary fiction.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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
  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Izzy | 2/18/2014

    " Emily Haxby is a young lawyer in NYC. When her boyfriend proposes to her, she says no. This book is an unraveling and healing, a story about a girl who gets really lost but turns back before it's too late. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelley | 2/15/2014

    " What a cute book! I randomly picked it up at the library, but ended up really liking it! It's a great read for anyone who has felt a little lost, or been a little confused about life. This book made me laugh out loud, and had me in tears - good, fast, read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 2/14/2014

    " Phenomenal. I loved it. I cried, I laughed! I will not lend it to you. ;) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea | 2/12/2014

    " This book started out slow and I wasn't sure if I would toss it. But I hung in there. I am glad I did. 29 year old Emily is an attorney and isn't stoked on life. She has a great boyfriend but decides she is over it. Then she is just going through the motions of life. She suddenly realizes she has made a huge mistake and needs to get her act together. I really enjoyed this story and it made me think about my own life. Sometimes we all get carried away with life and the day to day. But I think you should pick this one up and give it a whirl. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/5/2014

    " I adored the book 2 years ago, and the unabridged audiobook gives the story so much more depth and character. I'm a sucker for Julie Buxbaum and for audiobooks, so the combination couldn't be more perfect for me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 1/26/2014

    " Picked this up because I got bored in the middle of a different book. Just what I needed. Great story with a lot of depth, but easy to sail right through in a couple days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jami | 1/18/2014

    " I could relate to the main character's struggle over making big life decisions and having surety in your decisions. A good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debby Lucken | 1/11/2014

    " It was surprisingly good and emotionally interesting. I strongly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 1/5/2014

    " I can't wait to start the next book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 12/29/2013

    " Fun, quick read. Short chapters. Not much sex, which is what I wanted. A little like Bridget Jones, but had a legal angle which was kinda fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne | 12/14/2013

    " Okay book, interesting take on relationships and I like her voice, but the story is so-so and kind of predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dixie LoCicero | 12/8/2013

    " this book was just "okay", got better at the end. Often I felt like the main character was just rambling, made some really bad choices & never really understood her choices. This was her first novel & I read her 2nd novel first, which I thought was much better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 6/26/2013

    " I like Julie's writing style. Easy reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 4/25/2013

    " I liked it. Emily struggles with what she really wants out of life and in the process discovers the acceptance of loss and her inner strengths. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jillian | 10/6/2012

    " Cute book, good beach read. Typical "I'm 30 and going through an identity crisis" story. Made me feel better about the decisions I've made in my life :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane Johnson | 10/3/2012

    " Another 3 1/2 star book---first book by this author--moves right along!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Artese | 9/9/2012

    " Really enjoyed this one, great character growth and funny "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denise | 7/5/2012

    " what do you call these emily? potato chip books? this was light & quick- just what i needed over the holidays. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kyla Skinner | 6/22/2012

    " So so. A quick entertaining read for a sick-day at home. It did make me cry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krystle | 1/1/2012

    " Real & relatable. It'd be perfect pool-side or by-the-beach but regardless, a good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alyson | 8/6/2011

    " A nice fluffy read. I liked the characters and the writing wasn't too bad. A fast read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 5/24/2011

    " At first i didnt care for it but then i started to get more involved in the characters but it was never a 'I cant put this book down" type of book. "

  • 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... "

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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

Ariadne Meyers was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1969. She began an acting career at twelve, with her role as Al Pacino’s stepdaughter in Author! Author! and hasn’t looked back since. Her most famous role to date is that of “Emma Jane McCardle,” which she portrayed on the 80s sitcom, Kate & Allie for six years. In 1991, she graduated from Yale with honors and a double major in philosophy and theater arts.