Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication date: July 1st 2014
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Women's Fiction
Length: 352 Pages
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From the author of Forever, Interrupted—hailed by Sarah Jio as "moving, gorgeous, and at times heart-wrenching"—comes a breathtaking new novel about modern marriage, the depth of family ties, and the year that one remarkable heroine spends exploring both.
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, anything goes.
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, After I Do is the story of a couple caught up in an old game—and searching for a new road to happily ever after.
“Ryan and I are two people who used to be in love. What a beautiful thing to have been. What a sad thing to be.”
After I Do takes us on the amazing journey of one couple from the very beginning to what might very well be the end….and you won’t want to miss one moment of the trip. We see their relationship progress from the first stages of infatuation, through first kisses, first apartments, first dog and on. Unlike most conventional romance stories which end at the Happily Ever After, Taylor Jenkins Reid takes us beyond that point in After I Do…to show us what happens after the HEA. And it’s not always pretty.
We see Lauren and Ryan go from being the intimately connected couple that can’t live without each other to a couple that almost can’t even stand each other…and it’s not an easy path to walk with them. To see all the little things that added up to years of resentments and distaste…was both heartbreaking and frightening…because throughout…one can help but wonder…could this happen to me?
The characters, the story, all of it was so wonderfully believable and easy to connect with. I think that someone at any stage of a relationship or even hoping for a relationship would find it hard to put this one down.
I laughed, I cried, I wondered why they made the hard choices they did, and most of all I rooted for them…and in doing so rooted for myself and every other married woman out there.
This incredibly well written and thought provoking read will make you re-examine all of your relationships and how you define love. My first taste of Taylor Jenkins Reid, this certainly won’t be my last.