Book Review: After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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There are no words to describe how much I enjoyed reading After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid. It took me on an emotional roller coaster that ended in lots of ugly tears. This novel is real. This novel is raw. This novel is what marriage is all about. It shows you that the love isn’t perfect, but it is worth fighting for. Love is worth waking up for, it is worth pushing through those hard days, it is worth every minute of your time, because “for better or for worse, till death do us part” is what we promised to do our on wedding day.

Lauren and Ryan met when they were 19, in college. They fell in love, moved in together, got engaged, and eventually got married. After 11 years of being together, they realized they were in a rut. They weren’t having sex, they were fighting over everything and anything, and they just plain old didn’t love each other anymore. After a few weeks of debating what to do, they decided to take a year break, no communication what-so-ever, and see how they feel at the end of it.

Although this concept isn’t typical, and I certainly wouldn’t partake in a year long break from my husband (we are happily in love, thank you very much), it seems to be the right choice for Lauren and Ryan. They don’t want to give up, but they also know they can’t keep going down the dangerous road they are on. While on their break, they meet other people, discover themselves, and realize what they want from each other. They also decide if they think they can overcome this obstacle in their marriage.

Lauren’s gramdmom is my favorite character in the novel. She reminded me of my grandmom, whom I lost while I was pregnant with my son. I wish I asked her what her secret to love was. I wish I asked her so much more than I asked her. My grandpop died 17 years before her. I can’t imagine being without my husband that long. I can’t imagine all the pain she endured.

‘Did you love Grandpa the whole time?’ Maybe she didn’t. Maybe she is just like me. Ending up like my Grandma would not be so bad.

‘The whole time,’ she says. ‘Every day.’ Okay, so maybe not.

‘How?’ I ask her.

‘What do you mean, how?’ I had no choice. That’s how.’ Pg. 113

I mean, Grandma gets it, people.

‘You have someone. That’s all I am going to say. Don’t give up on him just because he bores you. Or doesn’t pick up his socks.’ Pg. 303

‘Just because you can live without someone doesn’t mean you want to,’ she says. Pg. 304

Preach it, Grandma. Oh, this is where the ugly tears start.

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid is brutally honest. Whether you’re married, about to get married, in a serious relationship, or single, this book is a must read. Once you dip your toes into the sand, you won’t want to take them out. Get ready to cry hard and feel all the feels that Taylor Jenkins Reid so beautifully portrays.

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Book Review: Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid is an epic love story. I am going to go out on a limb here and say it it even more devastating than The Notebook by Nicolas Sparks. I’m not even going to try to convince you on how sad and beautiful this novel is because you just have to read it to believe it.

Elsie Porter is a 26 year old librarian who live in Los Angeles, California. When she meets the love of her life in a pizza place, she has no idea that 6 months later, they would be married and she would be a widow. Yes, a widow. How sad is that? It’s not even a spoiler because it happens in the first chapter!

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I went in blind reading Forever, Interrupted. I fell in love with this Taylor Jenkins Reid after  I read After I Do, last year. (Okay, it was in December, but it was still technically last year.) By page five, I was on the brink of tears. Why kind of book makes you cry in the first chapter? I had no idea how sad this book was going to be since I didn’t even read the synopsis. Within the next couple chapters, Elsie meets her mother-in-law at the hospital, for the very first time, when she is verifying Ben’s body. Crazy, right? But it isn’t what you think. Ben was really close with his mom and she had recently lost her husband, Ben’s dad, and he didn’t think she could handle him falling in love. Yes, she lost her husband and son within a couple of years. It keeps getting even more sad, right?

Forever Interrupted will make you value every moment of you life because one day you might be shopping for fruity pebbles….and the next, well, you’ll eventually get the reference…

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Originally posted on my previous blog: Life, Army Wife Style.