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Forever, Interrupted: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Book Description

“Have you ever heard of supernovas? They shine brighter than anything else in the sky and then fade out really quickly, a short burst of extraordinary energy. I like to think you and Ben were like that . . . in that short time, you had more passion than some people have in a lifetime.”

Elsie Porter is an average twentysomething and yet what happens to her is anything but ordinary. On a rainy New Year’s Day, she heads out to pick up a pizza for one. She isn’t expecting to see anyone else in the shop, much less the adorable and charming Ben Ross. Their chemistry is instant and electric. Ben cannot even wait twenty-four hours before asking to see her again. Within weeks, the two are head over heels in love. By May, they’ve eloped.

Only nine days later, Ben is out riding his bike when he is hit by a truck and killed on impact. Elsie hears the sirens outside her apartment, but by the time she gets downstairs, he has already been whisked off to the emergency room. At the hospital, she must face Susan, the mother-in-law she has never met—and who doesn’t even know Elsie exists.

Interweaving Elsie and Ben’s charmed romance with Elsie and Susan’s healing process, Forever, Interrupted will remind you that there’s more than one way to find a happy ending.


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"You'll laugh, weep and fly through each crazy-readable page." (Redbook) “Taylor Jenkins Reid has written a poignant and heartfelt exploration of love and commitment in the absence of shared time that asks, what does it take to be the love of someone's life?” (Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus New York Times bestselling authors) "Sweet, heartfelt, and surprising, Forever Interrupted is a story about a young woman struggling to find her way after losing her husband. These characters made me laugh as well as cry, and I ended up falling in love with them, too." (Sarah Pekkanen author of The Best of Us) "This beautifully rendered story explores the brilliance and rarity of finding true love, and how to find our way back through the painful aftermath of losing it. These characters will leap right off the page and into your heart." (Amy Hatvany author of Heart Like Mine) "Touching and powerful...Reid masterfully grabs hold of the heartstrings and doesn't let go. A stunning first novel." (Publishers Weekly, starred review) “A moving novel about life and death.” (Kirkus) "Moving, gorgeous and, at times, heart-wrenching. Taylor Jenkins Reid writes with wit and true emotion that you can feel. Read it, savor it, share it." (Sarah Jio New York Times bestselling author of The Violets of March)

About the Author

Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and essayist from Acton, Massachusetts. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and her dogs, Rabbit and Rex. You can follow her on Twitter @TJenkinsReid.

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  • File Size: 2089 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press (July 9, 2013)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A2819FU
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible and emotionally powerful book! July 9, 2013
By Zane
Format:Paperback
The first few pages of Forever Interrupted would lead you to believe it is a simple sob story, but it is much more than that. It reveals the universal truths of grief, and the human capacity to have resilience in the face of loss. While the book had me tearing up at many points, it also had me laughing and smiling, almost embarrassingly so. Jenkins Reid really has a way of using words to connect to the reader. All in all, an incredibly powerful and enjoyable read.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! July 9, 2013
By Alex
Format:Paperback
I have to say this is one of the best debut novels I have ever read. Jenkins Reid is able to capture emotion in such a raw and honest way. Also, I thought the book was structurally compelling. Jenkins Reid weaves between the past and present in a way that illuminates and enhances both. Like other reviewers online have said, the moment I started reading Forever, Interrupted I was unable to put it down. A truly wonderful, cathartic, and immensely gratifying read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Five-Star Must Read! July 31, 2013
Format:Paperback
I'm a hard-to-please reader who abandons a lot of books. When I pick up a novel, I want a powerful emotional experience and an immediate connection with its characters. That's exactly what I got with Forever, Interrupted. Elsie's grief is raw and real. I could feel everything she felt, even teared up a few times. But the story isn't all boo-hoo and grieving. Backstory is woven in at precisely the right times. There are happy moments and humor, and secondary characters who add depth and dimension, including the intimidating mother-in-law, whom I grew to love.

Everything about this novel is realistic and well done. Taylor Jenkins Reid has a new fan. I'm looking forward to her next book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb debut novel July 26, 2013
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Picked this up based on a great Publisher's Weekly review and I was not disappointed. Fast paced, emotional and raw I found the story gripping and powerful. I zipped through the book and finished it in a couple of days. It's the rare book that really resonates and stays in your mind long after you've finished it. Very eager to see any follow up efforts from this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good June 5, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It's a nice story but the ending sucks. It leaves you kind of hanging. I wish for more. Maybe part 2 it's coming?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It! Great Story. January 24, 2014
By Diane
Format:Kindle Edition
Elsie loved Ben; they met and married quickly. Then, she has to deal with his death. On top of that, Ben's mother makes an appearance and apparently she didn't know anything about Elsie or that her son had married her.

This is a sad story, but also a happy one. We see both Elsie's pain and grief and it is interwoven with her past life with Ben. We also get a glimpse into Ben's mother's life and her grief. You grow to like her more as the story continues.

I really liked this book. The characters were interesting to me right from the beginning. A good story about the power of loving, losing and moving on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful and heart-touching January 3, 2014
Format:Paperback
On a rainy New Year's Day, Elsie Porter heads out to pick up a pizza, and meets the charming Ben Ross. Their instant chemistry leads to a date that week, and an elopement by May. Nine days later, when Ben heads out to get cereal for Elsie, he is hit by a truck and killed on impact. At the hospital she has an unfortunate first introduction with her new mother-in-law Susan, who had never heard of Elsie.

As Taylor Jenkins Reid's first novel, this is very impressive. She interweaves Ben and Elsie's relationship with Elsie and Susan's grieving and healing. It's a beautiful story of love and loss, and learning to open yourself up to what the world has brought you.

This book had been on my shelf for a few months and I am glad I finally decided to read it. It's emotional, heart touching, book, dealing with romanic and friend relationships. The main character, Elsie Porter is wonderfully writer and relatable. I took this book on a trip, and it was the perfect one to pass a few hours on a plane and on layover. I'm a fan of light-hearted, silly chick-lit, but enjoyed that this had more depth to it, but wasn't overly sad or depressing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an amazingly national wonderful debut August 6, 2013
Format:Paperback
Did you ever read the first sentence of a book and know right then and there that this was a 5 stars book? Well that happened with me and FOREVER INTERRUPTED. I felt connected to the characters immediately, I was part of their world from that first sentence and stayed connected through the whole book.

This story is a sad/happy story. You know from the back cover that Elsie faces the death of her new husband, Ben, shortly after they are married. You are also told that she is to face her mother in law, who was never informed of her son's relationship with Elsie, let alone their marriage. What unfolds in this story is the stinging truth of loss and grief, so honestly portrayed that it breaks your heart and a love story that is so uplifting, powerful and unforgettable. This story is about loss, finding peace within life's harsh circumstances and loving with your heart each and every moment. This is an amazing debut novel from a writer who knows how to write characters that you are instantly attached to, with compelling and rich story line. I cannot say enough how much I enjoyed this book and like the front cover says "this is not your average love story".
5 stars!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a Beautiful Story of Love and Loss
I loved the characters, Ben and Elsie. Their love story is rich and deep. Their parents, and Ana, Elsie's best friend, add more depth to their story, as they provide or hinder the... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Sagereader2
5.0 out of 5 stars Breath taking roller coaster ride.
Forever, interrupted takes you through peaks of bliss and devastation. One minute you're smiling silly, the next minute you're all heavy hearted and bawling your eyes out. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Nicole
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
There are many forms of loss throughout life, and the story of Ben and Elsie gives insight and understanding to the very difficult process of moving forward. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Thomas E Worth
4.0 out of 5 stars This story will definitely make you think!
Forever Interrupted: A Novel isn't your typical romance novel. If you are looking for a book to sweep you off your feet from the word go, this isn't for you. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Myrtlebean
4.0 out of 5 stars Pull Out Your Tissues
Beautiful story about love, loss and forgiveness. The book starts off with Elsie and Ben as a married couple and Ben dies in an accident. Read more
Published 12 days ago by jcmulligan
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Wow.
Every once in awhile I read a book that stands out over the other books that meld together in my mind. This book is one of those. A deeply emotional and yet has a hopeful ending. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Shining Cheese
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad language alert
You do not have to use foul language to show raw emotion but nobody bothered to let this writer know that. Did not finish reading.
Published 16 days ago by deajam
5.0 out of 5 stars sniffle!
I'm still crying. I read on the couch in front of my fireplace and I cried. I read upstairs on my bed and I cried. I read at work in the break room and at my desk and I cried. Read more
Published 1 month ago by silvia
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific storyline
An exceptional story that I could not put down. You will remember this book for a long time. I did not want this book to end and almost could see a sequel in the future. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Elizabeth Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Made me cry and laugh. Not too heavy despite the topic and helps to make you appreciate life a little more.
Published 2 months ago by Tania
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More About the Author

Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and essayist from Acton, Massachusetts. Her first novel, Forever, Interrupted, was named one of the "11 Debuts We Love" by Kirkus Reviews. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and their dog, Rabbit. You can follow her on Twitter @tjenkinsreid.

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