Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Review - After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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.

Buy After I Do

If you know me, you know that this year has been rough for me as far as being a reader goes. I've read the least amount of books this year than I have in any other year.  To say I've been in a horrible book funk is putting it lightly.  Sometimes I'll take a chance on a new to me author/book, and something special happens.  YOU GUYS, After I Do was that book for me.  

"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 is the story of the hardships anyone can go through while being married.  When things become too comfortable and you start to loose sight of things that once held a big importance to you and your relationship.  Ryan and Lauren can easily be any one of us.  Whether you're in a happy marriage, or a rocky one, I feel like everyone can learn from this story.  Speaking from experience, I think it is so easy to become comfortable to a fault in any relationship or marriage.  That "honeymoon" phase that is always there in the beginning can wear off, arguments become more frequent, and boom, you find yourself in a place of constant disdain.  That is what happens to the main characters in After I Do. 

 "I used to love that man so much. I used to be the person who made sure he had everything he wanted. When did I become the person who took it all away?"

This book was easily one of the best books I've read this year.  It's one of the realest, most relatable & emotional books I've read, period.  I don't want to talk too much about what happens because I truly believe it is a book that everyone should go into blind.  I will say, I was hooked from page one.  I devoured every single word, and didn't stop until I was finished.  Personally, I connected with this book and could easily understand the characters and their feelings.  Seriously, I can't get over how amazing this book was.  The writing, the characters, the struggle.  It was all just amazing. Do yourself a favor and read this book, it is easily one of my favorite books of the year, and of all time!!

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