“Crazy, Stupid, Love meets Notting Hill. About an actress making it big and the complicated relationship she has with the guy she met as a teenager. You’ll read it in two days” —The Skimm
Their meeting in a parking lot outside a high school football game was both completely forgettable and utterly life-changing. Because no matter how you look at it, it is piss-poor luck to meet the love of your life before your life has even started. Fierce and ambitious, Alison transforms into a rising TV star in New York City while her first love, Kyle, all heart and spiritual yearning, becomes a pediatrician in suburban Cincinnati, married to the wrong woman. What could these mismatched souls have to do with each other? Everything and nothing. Even as their fates rocket them forward and apart, neither can fully let go of the past.
As their lives inevitably intersect, Alison and Kyle must face each other in the revealing light of their decisions. I’m Glad About You is a glittering study of how far the compromises two people make will take them from the lives they were meant to live.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Alison and Kyle were high school sweethearts who brought out the best and worst in each other. When Alison’s ambition to become a Hollywood star clashes with Kyle’s religious faith and ideals, the two go their separate ways—but discover it's not so easy to let go of the love they shared. Glad About You is sympathetic but unsparing in its depiction of the compromises and bad choices smart people make in pursuit of their dreams. Theresa Rebeck’s tale of star-crossed love made us root for her protagonists to rediscover the happiness they once shared.
Showbiz maven Rebeck paints a pretty bleak picture of Hollywood in this breezy, eye-opening behind-the-scenes expose of what it means to be a star in today's fast-paced, media-blitzing celebrity world. Alison Moore leaves her Cincinnati home, and, not incidentally, Kyle Wallace, the high school boyfriend with whom she's had a tumultuous, on-again/off-again relationship for years complicated by his strict conformity to Catholicism and follows her dream of being an actor. A bit part in a New York City-based television drama propels her into a leading role in a TV series, and then she gets a big break to star in a major motion picture. Kyle, now a pediatrician, finds himself on the rebound in the clutches of a manipulative woman who engineers a whirlwind romance and marriage; but he and Alison, who periodically run into each other when she comes back to Cincinnati, never lose the spark between them. Rebeck takes on a lot, including the vagaries of entertainment media which can be the catalyst to overnight success and failure, as well as the problematic impact religion has on Kyle's life choices. Still, she entertainingly gets her message across that celebrity is not as fabulous as it looks and that people who follow their dreams need to stay true to themselves to find true happiness.
If you ignore all the accolades about the author and blindly read the story then for me it's about unimportant self obsessed characters. The same old middle class cowardice unable to have the strength of character to live a moral and ethical life without constant whining. It's a depressing story about unfulfilled human spirit and potential. It feels like a homework writing assignment.
I am an avid reader and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I would highly recommend it!