That’s Not a Thing by Jacqueline Friedland was one of my #BookstagramMadeMeDoIt reads due to the amount of glowing reviews I read on here. I went into this book with high expectations and it absolutely did not disappoint. In fact, I was blown away by how amazing it was and this is officially one of my top 3 favorite books that I have read so far this year.
Years after her engagement to Wesley Latner tragically end, Meredith Altman is living a dream life. She has a stable, high paying job as a corporate lawyer and is newly engaged to Aaron Rapp- a pediatric surgeon and former Ivy League football player. While they’re out celebrating their engagement at a new TriBeCa hot spot, it’s discovered that the restaurants’ owner and head chef is none other than Wes, Meredith’s former fiancé that she still has unresolved feelings for. Soon after this unexpected encounter, Meredith learns that Wes has been diagnosed with ALS and her unresolved feelings toward Wes and their past become even more confusing and hard to ignore. Now, Meredith is left to sort through her emotions and figure out what it is that her heart wants most. That’s Not a Thing is a wonderful story about old love and new love, figuring out what it is you really want and need in a relationship, determining the kind of people we want to be, and navigating the beautiful and complicated “what-ifs” we face in life.
This story was so beautiful in so many ways- the storyline, the character development, the love triangle between Meredith, Aaron and Wes, etc. I fell in love hard with all of the characters and found each of them to be very relatable. Everything Meredith experienced throughout this book in regards to her feelings for Wes and Aaron and figuring out her path in life felt all too familiar and real, and I absolutely loved following her on her journey. To say that I am obsessed with Aaron’s character, and his relationship with Meredith, is an understatement- his patience, selflessness, understanding, and unconditional love for her is so beautiful and rare and something that we all deserve to have in our lives. The relationship between Wes and Meredith is tragic and beautiful and I adored the friendship they developed in spite of everything that they’ve been through together.
The story line was wonderfully written, gripping from the very beginning and complete with a few surprise twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting.
I know I keep throwing around the word “beautiful,” but that is the best word to describe this story- it is a beautiful story about love, forgiveness and devotion, with beautiful writing and beautiful, captivating characters that will tug at your heartstrings. It illustrates an incredible message about how wonderful and messy and beautiful and complicated love is. I did not want this book to end- it was truly the perfect read and escapism for everything going on right now. A few reviews online that I read said that lovers of One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid would adore That’s Not a Thing and while I have not read that book yet myself, I can absolutely see why others are saying that and I really look forward to reading that book now more than ever. If you’re a fan of TJR, romance, and looking for an amazing feel-good story, I highly recommend checking out this book 💛
BEER PAIRING: That’s Not a Thing by Jacqueline Friedland is best paired with Oaked 5th by Bold Rock Cider 🍻