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Praise for After I Do:
“Written in a breezy, humorous style familiar to fans of Jane Green and Elin Hilderbrand, After I Do focuses on Lauren’s journey of self-discovery. The intriguing premise and well-drawn characters contribute to an emotionally uplifting and inspiring story.” (Booklist)
"Taylor Jenkins Reid offers an entirely fresh and new perspective on what can happen after the "happily ever after." With characters who feel like friends and a narrative that hooked me from the first page, After I Do takes an elegant and incisively emotional look at the endings and beginnings of love. Put this book at the top of your must read list!" (Jen Lancaster New York Times bestselling author)
“Taylor Jenkins Reid delivers a seductive twist on the timeless tale of a couple trying to rediscover love in a marriage brought low by the challenges of domestic togetherness. I fell in love with Ryan and Lauren from their passionate beginning, and I couldn’t stop reading as they followed their unlikely road to redemption. Touching, perceptive, funny, and achingly honest, After I Do will keep you hooked to the end, rooting for husbands and wives and the strength of true love.” (Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author )
"As uplifting as it is brutally honest—a must-read." (Kirkus)
"Taylor Jenkins Reid writes with ruthless honesty, displaying an innate understanding of human emotion and creating characters and relationships so real I’m finding it impossible to let them go. After I Do is a raw, unflinching exploration of the realities of marriage, the delicate nature of love, and the enduring strength of family. Simultaneously funny and sad, heartbreaking and hopeful, Reid has crafted a story of love lost and found that is as timely as it is timeless." (Katja Millay author of The Sea of Tranquility)
Praise for Forever, Interrupted:
"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)
Praise for Maybe in Another Life:
“Entertaining and unpredictable; Reid makes a compelling argument for happiness in every life.” (Kirkus (starred review))
"Readers looking for a romance with a twist won't be disappointed" (Library Journal)
About the Author
- Publication Date : July 1, 2014
- File Size : 4694 KB
- Print Length : 353 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Washington Square Press (July 1, 2014)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00GEEB8UC
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #52,617 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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I really don't want to recap the story, but I will tell you that what Lauren and Ryan go through was so very real. It's so easy to become disconnected and complacent in a marriage. To me, that's what happened to Ryan and Lauren. They became so wrapped up their every day lives that they truly forgot about honoring each other and their marriage. It was sad to read about how things began to crumble, but again, so real. They didn't have problems that happened over night. It was a series of miscommunication, lack of interest in each other, and they simply forgot all the reasons they fell in love in the first place. I think when life sets in and the rose colored glasses come off, it's hard to keep a marriage, or any relationship alive. You have to deal with the pesty little things like hygiene habits, laziness, snoring, farting, and other unpleasantries. The little things continued to build for Lauren and then it become a bigger issue.
Even though it was hard to read at times, seeing this couple go through something so challenging was really rewarding for me in the end. I won't tell you if they make it or not as a couple, but I will tell you that they learned so much about themselves throughout their separation. Another thing that hit me hard while reading this one is, that the couples who can make it through hard times, may not always be "in love". Sure, they love each other, but I think in long term relationships/marriages, there are times that you aren't necessarily in love with your partner. It's finding ways to fall in love again that helps to make it last.
Overall, I can say without a doubt that this is one of my best books of the year. Yes, it reached me personally, but I also felt that there were some really great messages throughout the book for everyone. It truly has something for every reader; self discovery, heart ache, falling in love, and family complexities. Seriously...read this book!
This book is about Lauren and Ryan. They meet in college and fall in love. After 6 years of dating, they get married. And after 5 years of marriage, they fall out of love. Wanting things to work out, they decide to take a break from one another for a year. No texts, no emails, no contact.
This book has just as much to do with the individual as it does with our relationship to love. Everyone approaches love and relationships differently. What is right for one couple is completely wrong for another. This captures that idea to perfection.
Lauren and Ryan are told by so many people that this year long break is a mistake. That being apart is not working things out. They are constantly criticizing by "people that seem to know better". But this also shows that really no one has any clue about love. We just know what has worked for us, and try to pass along this wisdom to the people we love and hope it works just as well for them.
My biggest love of this book is not the individual journey Lauren takes to find out more about herself through her love of Ryan. It's all the ways in which people approach and interpret love.
Rachel, Lauren's sister wants to fall in love but she is also happy being by herself and developing her career. This works for her.
Lauren's mom is seeing a man that treats her like a princess, but she knows the moment is fleeting so they well not progress past the initial love stage where they spend tons of time together. She is happy with her love life for now and that works for her.
Charlie, Lauren's brother has many different flings that result in one that sticks. Committing to someone he hardly knows because.....reasons (this is a spoiler so I'm not telling). This works well for him.
David, a man Lauren is sleeping with is still hung up on his ex that cheated on him. He keeps his distance because it is what he is told to do by other people. Because "you're supposed to leave someone that cheats on you". He doesn't know how to move on and continue to love her up close. He has to keep his distance to protect himself from the pain. But this works for him.
This book is an embodiment of "THERE IS NO RIGHT WAY TO LOVE, THERE IS NO RIGHT WAY TO HAVE A RELATIONSHIP. THERE IS NO ONE THING THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONE. THERE'S JUST LOVE". And I love that about this book.
The only thing that caught me off guard is how how much I didn't like Lauren and Ryan at the beginning of this book. But the further I got into this book the more I liked them.
After I Do is a very apt story for any married couple struggling with the familiarity and the “boredom”, that left to fester can really be disastrous. Granny Lois said it best - one cannot expect to be happy all the time in a marriage. The story teaches that there are no hard and fast rules to marriage, that each couple is unique. It only asks for each spouse’s full commitment and promise to not give up.
The story revolved around Lauren and Ryan who’ve reached a point in their marriage where they both resent each other. The author was able to demonstrate the different facets of relationships and marriage through their family and friends whose own love and relationship stories blended with theirs. A great read: five stars for the stark reality portrayed here... Highly recommended for the married, the not yet married and even the not getting married types.
Top reviews from other countries
Lauren and Ryan met in college and immediately knew it would be forever. But how long does forever last when you can't stand the person you thought you'd love for the rest of your life? What do you do when you can't bare to divorce, but also can't stand to be in the same room? They decide to cut of all contact for one full year, live separately and see if they can bring back the spark they once had to continue their marriage. Will it be enough?
This story felt like real life. It felt raw and honest, when life hands you a different set of cards than you had expected, and how you handle it. I loved both of their characters, even if at times I couldn't stand decisions that Lauren made, only because it felt like poor decisions I would make. I loved the family dynamics between Lauren's family and their emotions towards Ryan. I loved the effort this couple put in, learning their faults and flaws and working together to be a better person, for each other and themselves. The way this story played out was wonderful. It felt like true progression and what would actually transpire in real life.
In short: This book is definitely worth a read, especially if you're in a long term relationship. I'm not and I still liked it.
The strongest point this book has, is that it understands (and points out) that everyone does relationships their own way and that you can never really judge another relationship from the outside.
I found it a little slow in the beginning, but I liked it in the end. Due to the book's subject the protagonist is very self-involved, but in this case the self-reflection is actually necessary. Constant talk about someone's romantic relationship usually bores me, so I won't be rereading this book, but I don't regret having invested the time to read it. It's important because it has an important message. The ending ties up just a little bit too easily for my tastes, but the author kept me guessing what would happen throughout the whole book and it was a fast read. Can recommend!
I still enjoyed it and would recommend it to friends, but I definitely prefer the authors other titles more.