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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press; Original edition (July 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476712824
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476712826
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"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)

"You'll laugh, weep and fly through each crazy-readable page." (Redbook)

Forever, Interrupted weaves a beautiful love story with a terrible tragedy. Told in alternating timelines, each chapter progresses sequentially from two different arcs: one of a blooming, forever love and another of overcoming a sudden, inexplicable loss. Each storyline moves effortlessly and seamlessly through the connected stages, while also emphasizing the strengthening of old friendships and the forging of new ones. Whether told in past or present voice, Reid’s debut is a superb read from start to finish!” (Romantic Times)

"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)

“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)

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 dog, Rabbit. You can follow her on Twitter @TJenkinsReid.

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.

Customer Reviews

I look forward to reading Taylor's next novel.
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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.
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
And she has created a love story that will break your heart while simultaneously warming it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alex on July 9, 2013
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 By Zane on July 9, 2013
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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 By G.Stephens on July 31, 2013
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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 By AD Cramer on 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 By Sandra Diaz on 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 By Melody L. Simons on 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 lilmommareader.blogspot.com
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Diane on January 24, 2014
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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 By christie on January 3, 2014
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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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