I Do by Elizabeth Chandler

Retro Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Angie over at Angieville and focuses on reviewing books from the past. This can be an old favorite, an under-the-radar book you think deserves more attention, something woefully out of print, etc.

I’m going old school this week by featuring one of my absolute favorites back when I was in high school – I Do by Elizabeth Chandler. Teens are so lucky nowadays because they have so many YA books to read. When I was a teenager, there weren’t a lot of choices in terms of reading material. I remember collecting as many books as I could in the Love Stories series published by Bantam Books because those were the only YA romance books that I knew about. My favorite books out of that series were the ones written by Elizabeth Chandler. It’s funny because Angie was just talking about “make me feel better books” and this book is a comfort read for me.

Here’s the summary from Goodreads:

Weddings are the perfect place to fall in love…

Jane is not looking forward to being the maid of honor in her cousin Stacy’s wedding. To make matters worse, Adam, the biggest jerk at Tilson High, is going to be the best man! The last thing Jane wants to do is walk down the aisle with him. But the more Jane gets to know Adam, the more she realizes that he’s actually a very cool guy. And now she finds herself wishing that the wedding would last forever…

Based on the summary, you can totally tell that it’s a love-hate relationship, right? I’m such a sucker for those when it’s done well. Jane is a sports writer in the school newspaper and her snark is in full force when she writes about the male varsity lacrosse team. She’s frustrated that the team isn’t maximizing its full potential and she doesn’t understand why. Enter the team captain, Adam. He proves that he isn’t a dumb jock by writing a letter to the editor in response to Jane’s articles. Needless to say, these two don’t get along. The fun starts when Jane suddenly gets drafted to become her cousin’s maid of honor and it turns out that Adam the is best man. Sparks fly, swoon-worthy scenes turn up and there’s even a one-on-one lacrosse match between these two. I also liked the secondary characters in this book, which is saying something considering that it’s such a slim book and there’s not a lot of room for development. Here’s a conversation between Jane and her grandpa that I really liked:

“Things change when someone special comes into your life. Both sides have to give up things. The one thing you don’t give up in a good relationship is you – whatever makes you most you.”

“It’s been my experience,” he continued, “that when you’re with the right people, you feel more like yourself than ever. There’s a happiness, and a feeling of coming alive to yourself and the other person, that’s like nothing else.”

I don’t know if I’m biased because I read this when I was younger and it’s been a favorite ever since but I really love this book. While reading this, I didn’t even know what lacrosse was. Well, I know it’s a sport played in the States but I’ve never seen a game. I’ve reread my copy so many times that it’s not just yellowed with age, it has become battered. I want to get a better copy but sadly, the book is out of print and it’s not that easy to find copies. I tried to look for reviews from other book blogs but it looks like no one else has reviewed this. If any of you get a chance to read this, please let me know because I’d love to know what other people think of this book. Oh and if you’ve read this, did you like it as much as I did? πŸ™‚

31 thoughts on “I Do by Elizabeth Chandler

  1. hi! I haven’t read this book but i’ve read loads of love stories too before. and every now and then if i happen to see books like these on sale, i’ll buy it, my favorite from the Love Stories series are the books The Rumor about Julia and The Language of Love which features a Filipino girl as the lead character. it’s really funny because dinuguan was mentioned in the book and it was as I quote” a pig cooked in its own blood”, it was hilarious! I still have love stories books in my possession and i will give them away soon. Hehehe. GOD bless!

    • Hey Ruperto, the Love Stories books were a lot of fun to read. I remember that my friends and I read all of the books that were out in that series. I know I’ve read The Language of Love although I didn’t really like it. The ones by Elizabeth Chandler – I Do and At First Sight – were the best for me.

  2. I think I’m a minority — I never read any of the Love Stories books. I was really more of the Sweet Valley kid, and when I was in elementary, my mom didn’t want me to read anything with too much romance in it because she thought I was too young for it. When I got to high school, I started reading a sci-fi series (Animorphs) before I gradually moved to full-length novels.

    • I also read the Sweet Valley and Babysitters Club books because my cousins passed on their old books and I continued with the rest of the series but I also collected the Love Stories books. I still have most of them with me. πŸ™‚ The Sweet Valley and Babysitters Club books have been passed on already.

    • I think that’s one of her paranormal books, I haven’t given those a try. I’ve only read her contemporary YA books. Let me know what you think when you’ve read it!

    • @Ashley: Is it Kiss by an angel? I have only book no.1 out of this serie, so I haven’t read it yet.

      I’ve read I do so many times I couldn’t count on it. At 1st I ranged it just after At 1st sight (same author), but now I’m not sure which one I like the more.

      • shiluo, I loved At First Sight too! That and I Do are my favorite Love Stories books. Maybe I should do a Retro Friday review of At First Sight in the future.

  3. I remember you’ve told me about this before. I think I mentioned that during my time it was the Sweet Dreams series that was popular, so I’m not really familiar with the Love Stories series. But definitely I will try out this one if I find a copy somewhere…I kind of miss this kind of YA romance.:D

    • Yes, we’ve talked about this before and I remember saying that I don’t know about the Sweet Dreams series. πŸ˜› I hope you can get a copy of this! I’d offer to let you borrow mine but it’s really dilapidated. I should look into getting another copy.

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      • Hi! I’m new here, so my post is really really delayed. I came across your site and loved what I’ve read especially your recommendations. I LOVE At first Sight and I Do as well. These are two of my top Love Stories of all time. Another top book is Hot Summer Nights by ELizabeth Chandler as well. She’s really my favorite. Do you know if she has other books (non-Love Stories) available?

        Paris:ALex and Dana is also a great read!

      • Hi Crisner, thanks for dropping by! πŸ™‚ Elizabeth Chandler’s books in the Love Stories series are really my favorites. I reviewed Hot Summer Nights over here. She has other contemporary titles that aren’t part of the Love Stories series – Summer in the City and Love At First Click. She has some paranormal titles, you can see them here: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/53574.Elizabeth_Chandler but I’m mostly interested in her contemporary novels. I hope she writes more.

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  7. I read this book when I’m about 14yo with the copy was my friend’s. Later on I just got to know that my friend lost it the same year. I was frustrated to know it. Since then, I searched everywhere for it, its like almost 8 years and luckily last week I found one. And I remember every plots that I read from the last 8 years. Its my all time favourite!!

    • I read this book when I was a teenager as well and fell in love with it. I’ve reread it several times since. I think I need a new copy, mine has gone all yellow with age. It’s frustrating when books like this become out of print! It’s so hard to find copies. I really hope Elizabeth Chandler goes back to writing more contemporary YA. πŸ™‚

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