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Forever, Interrupted: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Taylor Jenkins Reid
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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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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Editorial Reviews


"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 living in Los Angeles. Before becoming a writer, she worked in entertainment and education. This is her first novel.

Product Details

  • 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! July 9, 2013
By Alex
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 An incredible and emotionally powerful book! July 9, 2013
By Zane
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Five-Star Must Read! July 31, 2013
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
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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! February 8, 2014
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I received an advanced copy of this book through PS Literary Agency, but as soon as I finished reading it, I went and bought myself a copy. If you get this book you will not be sorry. Full review at
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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
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good reading!
Published 15 days ago by Enid Newmark
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Saying this novel is a page turner would be an understatement. The story illustrated in this novel is not just about a lovestory between Ben and Elsie but also each of their... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Anj
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 star
I enjoyed this book but it was a bit drawn out, I got it at sale price so was happy enough. Not worth full price
Published 28 days ago by sonny
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the most difficult to reads you're going to love
Flawlessly written. Forever, Interrupted is a book I put off reading because it knew it would be difficult emotionally to push through. Completely worth it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Book Addict
5.0 out of 5 stars heartbreakingly wonderful story
Beautiful story you've written, Taylor. It reads like a screen-play, and I hope it's made into a movie. I could see Kate Hudson in this part.
Published 1 month ago by Vicki S. Kahler
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this! Can't wait to read her other one!
So glad I found this book! I loved getting lost in the characters and couldn't wait to pick it up everyday. Thank you Taylor Jenkins Reid!
Published 1 month ago by Joyce A. Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommend!
Totally loved this book!! So heartwarming and relatable. I couldn't put it down. Although sad in done parts, it's really about how people grieve and move on after the loss of a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jessica Roemer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Love Story
At first, I was utterly depressed that Taylor Jenkins Reid begun her novel in such a sad way. However, Little by little I discovered more of the love story and fell in love with... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Meagan Baetz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. Don't read without tissues nearby
Package arrived extremely damaged. But I think that's USPS fault. Great book. Don't read without tissues nearby. My mother is reading it now, she loves it so far too.
Published 2 months ago by shay hetz
5.0 out of 5 stars beautifully written
Heartbreakingly beautiful story...couldn't put it down!!! Very well written and done from the heart! I highly recommend to everyone!! :)
Published 4 months ago by Annonymous
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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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