After I Do A Novel Author: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 unconvent... more »ional 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.« less
My first Taylor Jenkins Reid and after hearing all the praise, I was so excited to read this one! With a premise that I may have shied away from due to the subject matter - I am not usually one for negative relationship storylines, but I had to give this author a try.
The set up for the book was fantastic. The first chapter was a present day snapshot of their marriage in the middle of a speed bump and then the author takes you back in time to when they met, through their dating courtship and into the early moments of the marriage. I loved the rewind to get the reader up to speed. Then the real drama of the story began and I loved the honesty. The characters felt like they were based off people in real life - I even laughed at some of the things they did and said because I could see myself doing those things.