Yesterday, I finished After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid for a BookSparks Summer Reading Blog Tour.
About the book:
When Lauren and Ryan’s marriage reaches the breaking point, they come up with an
unconventional plan. They decide to take a year off in the
hopes of finding a way to fall in love
again. One year apart, and only one rule: they cannot contact each other. Aside from that,
Lauren embarks on a journey of self-discovery, quickly
finding that her friends and family have
their own ideas about the meaning of marriage. These influences, as well as her own healing
process and the challenges of living apart from Ryan, begin to change Lauren’s ideas about
monogamy and marriage. She starts to question: When you can have romance without loyalty
and commitment without marriage, when love and lust are no longer tied together, what do you
value? What are you willing to fight for?
This is a love story about what happens when the love fades. It’s about staying in love, seizing
love, forsaking love, and committing to love with everything you’ve got. And above all,
is the story of a couple caught up in an old game—and searching for a new road to happily
Wow. Right from the beginning I completely felt for Lauren. The backflashes of their relationship when they were still in love and the scenes in current day where you could feel how they'd grown apart. And I got it. It hit home in some ways. I miss the days where you get butterflies hearing you significant other's voice. The days where he/she tried to impress you and make you happy. The days where you'd primp for him/her instead of wearing pajamas for most of the days on weekends. Luckily, we've never had the "I can't stand each other feelings" and I can't imagine being as okay as Lauren was when they split. I know marriage takes a lot of work and I hope ours never reaches that point.
I liked that Lauren grew so much during their one year apart. There are some things that happen during the separation that I think would bug me if it were happening to me and I'm not sure I'd ever get over it. You'll have to find out for yourself if Ryan and Lauren do. I'd definitely recommend this book. I think everyone can relate in some way.
I gave this book a rating of 4.5/5.
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge Book Tour.
Praise for the book:
“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.” –
New York Times bestselling author of
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About the author:
Taylor Jenkins Reid
is an author and essayist from Acton, Massachusetts. She graduated from Emerson
College with a degree in Media Studies. Her first novel,
was named one of the “11
Debuts We Love” by
She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and her dog,
Rabbit. Her forthcoming novel,
After I Do
, will be published July 1, 2014.
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