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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hudson Street Press (Jan. 18 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594630100
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594630101
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.8 x 24 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,700,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shortly after her divorce from former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Hanover reunited with the high school boyfriend who had dumped her during their freshman year at Stanford. He apologized for the breakup, and they rekindled their love affair and married a year later. Upon learning that her experience wasn't unusual, Hanover began interviewing couples with similar stories. Some were separated less than 10 years, others for decades; many were divorced, raising the question of what would have happened if they'd followed their hearts to begin with. There's no consensus on that from the experts, according to Hanover, but many will find it hard to disagree with the thesis that first love is often the most lasting. A television host and journalist, Hanover writes in a chatty, accessible style, adopting the tone of the experienced best friend. She can be corny, but she's a realist: she includes a chapter on what happens when rekindled romances go sour the second time around. The sociology and individual stories don't always mesh well, but the anecdotes are so touching and the overall message so inspiring, you'd have to be heartless not to feel hopeful after reading this book. 16 pages of b&w photos not seen by PW.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
When Harry Met Sally Part 2 Etc. Jan. 27 2005
By G.I Gurdjieff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I was initially attracted to this book because I'm a hopeless romantic. I've always considered Donna Hanover a very intelligent and charismatic personality and found the whole idea of her reconnecting with her first love life affirming. I wanted to know more.

While this book does address her rekindled romance and subsequent marriage, her purpose in writing this book appears to be a primer for those people who have considered reconnecting and a great read for all of the hopeless romantics out there. While the case studies she presents chronicle the positives and negatives of first love renewed and places them in a sociological framework, the real hook here are the stories

themselves.

For the most part this is a feel good book. It is hopeful and positive and it is a great contrast to the cynacism

and negativity is a part of modern life.

If you loved When Harry Met Sally, you'll love this book. It abounds with happy (or at least hopeful) endings, and absolutely does not rehash the Rudy Giuliani thing.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Re-established Love Jan. 26 2005
By Carol B. Traynor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Donna Hanover's, My Boyfriend's Back is a remarkable, touching tribute to renewed love. She shares her personal journey of reuniting with her high school sweetheart after decades apart, and includes other amazing stories from couples who have revived their relationships. I laughed out loud and couldn't put down the book until I'd read every last word.

If you think your romantic life is over, just read this book. It offers encouragement and a roadmap on how to find that long-ago special someone. My Boyfriend's Back shows the phenomenon that is now sweeping the country on how couples are reconnecting through the internet, at school reunions, or from just visiting with their neighbors back home. Ms. Hanover's book will encourage lovers of all ages to search for their former sweethearts. My Boyfriend's Back is a joy to read whether you're with someone or not. It touches the heart and renews the spirit.

Carol B. Traynor
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Reality colides with fantasy! Jan. 15 2005
By Jennifer Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Maybe its entering your 50's but it seems like myself and my girlfriends are always entertaining thoughts about what our long ago loves are up to these days (and some have actually located them!). Ms. Hanover's book gives a balanced view of what can actually happen. Sometimes it's nirvana but not always... I think that the "starry-eyed" should read this book first before embarking on resurecting old romances because just like with us, a lot of changes have taken place in the lives (and bodies) of our former loves and that baggage comes with them when you reunite. I found this book to be very helpful and well-written and I plan to give several copies to my friends who are embarking on this quest.
22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
True tales of those who reconnected with lost loves Jan. 13 2005
By Kcorn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Admit it - just once, haven't you wondered about whatever happened to a past love, someone you haven't kept in touch with? This book is for all those people, the ones who wonder "What if?"

Written by Donna Hanover, a woman who reconnnected (and married) her high school sweetheart 30 years after their breakup, this book contains not only her tale but the true experiences of dozens of other couples who reunited after spending years apart, couples who are building new lives together, complete with a special photo section. It makes for fascinating reading, whether you are married or single, in a relationship or just hoping to reconnect with that "special someone" from way back when.

But this is more than just a mere recounting of anecdotes, romantic fantasies and realities. Hanover also provides information about how rekindled love is different from a completely new relationship - and she offers helpful tips for those who might actually want to find a former boyfriend or girlfriend, including tips on using the Internet.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
It Was All Just Yesterday Feb. 8 2005
By James H. Petrausch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
My wife and I are in Chapter 8 of the book. We have also personally met two other couples in the book. Having interviewed with the author, we can definitely vouch for the accuracy, as well as her well thought out and careful presentation of each and every couple and the categories the author placed them in. She easily captures the thoughts and words of the couples within. Her book was a real pleasure to read, and definitely gives hope to those who would love to be given a second chance and meet up with a long, lost love.


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