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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.
Fantastic lighthearted read about a tough subject matter, the falling apart of a marriage. Having been married for five years myself I would say the feelings and thoughts of the characters are spot on. What do you do when love starts to fade? Do you fight or flight?
AFTER I DO was the April 2015 pick in my online book club, The Reading Cove. This is the first I've read author Taylor Jenkins Reid but it won't be the last!
So impressed was I with the quality of this author's writingRyan and Lauren's journey unfolds with such a genuine and authentic quality that I wouldn't be surprised if the story was autobiographical, in whole or in part. The lives of the secondary characters provided lots of emotional balance with plenty of humor and LOL moments to spare.
Since it's told exclusively from the wife's POV, I assumed early on (not happily) that the narrative would likely favor her when all was said and done. But instead, I was pleasantly surprised to read an emotionally compelling and intelligently rendered account of a young woman's growth and maturity, set against the backdrop of the challenges of having married her college sweetheart. The lessons, introspections and insights were all spot on, and by the end? I was cheering!
AFTER I DO could've been a completely clichéd and asinine sap-fest, and since higher quality author's are so hard to come by in this genre, my hopes weren't high going into this book...so I'm so happy to say that I really enjoyed this story and highly recommend it! B+
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