Forever, Interrupted MP3 CD – Unabridged, August 18, 2015
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About the Author
Tara's voice can be heard on hundreds of radio and TV commercials, audiobooks, video games, and cartoons. Tara has narrated dozens of audiobooks, including the series "Sammy Keyes" and Katy Kelly's "Allie Finkle." She has received several Earphone awards from Audiofile Magazine and was nominated for an Audie award for the multicast performance of "Lemony Snicket: Book 1," starring Tim Curry. For 2 years, Tara was the on-camera host of Cartoon Network's weekly Friday night lineup, appropriately titled "Fridays."
- Item Weight : 2.39 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 1681414244
- ISBN-13 : 978-1681414249
- Product Dimensions : 6.04 x 1.13 x 5.04 inches
- Reading level : 18 and up
- Publisher : Dreamscape Media; Unabridged Edition (August 18, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,345,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sometimes love moves quickly and you just know when you fall that you will love them forever. This is one of those books.
Ben and Elise haven't been together 6 months before they elope. They are happy in their new romance, and the newly wed bliss is strong. Elise has a craving for fruity pebbles and Ben takes his bike to the store to get them for her. Elise waits for over an hour before she goes out side her apartment hoping to see Ben somewhere outside., only to discover a bike under a Semi and that is surrounded by Fruity Pebbles down the road. Elise is in histeircs and the police officer tells her the man on the bike died upon impact.
This story is hard hitting and deals a lot with grief and moving on. It captures so perfectly how grief can make someone angry and hate the world for still existing. This book was emotionally raw and real, and no matter how unlikable the character became in her anger I still understood her for her pain and didn't feel anything by empathy.
Although we were only introduced shortly to Ben in the present time line, this story did bounce back and forth between Elise and her grief and also the love story of Elise and Ben. It was always told from Elise's perspective no matter where we were at in the story.
This book is about how we want forever but sometimes all we have is now.
Basically, this is a story about a young couple, Ben and Elsie, who have been married for a whole 9 days after only having dated for 6 months. Ben goes out to run an errand but never makes it back home. He is hit by a car while riding his bike and dies. On top of dealing with losing her husband, Elsie now has to also deal with the fact that she's never met Ben's mother Susan. Not only have the two never met, but Susan has never even heard of Elsie. The two women get off to quite a rocky start, but later form a bond founded on their mutual love for Ben.
The book is made up of two alternating timelines: January-June and June-December. In the January through June timeline we get the see how Elsie and Ben meet, their relationship progresses, and they ultimately get married. In the June through December timeline we see Elsie going through the grieving process after Ben has passed away. Her struggle with going back to a home that still has all of Ben's belongings made my eyes water more than once. Her grieving process was very heartbreaking and I appreciated that the author didn't try to pretty it up.
The concept of discovering Ben and Elsie's love story between chapters of Elsie grieving the loss of Ben didn't work for me. I would be giggling and swooning, only to be on the verge of tears 3 pages later, then back to laughing 7 pages after that. This went on for 352 pages. The alternating timelines caused a bit of an emotional roller coaster and when the book ended I was left not really knowing how to feel. I've read books where a main character die at the end, others where you know from the first chapter that character's name will die, etc. but the switching back and forth just wasn't for me.
This is my second TJR book, first being Maybe in Another Life which I absolutely loved so that might be another reason why this one was so "ehh" for me.
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