Monday, July 28, 2014

Book Review: After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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booksparks summer tour

And now for our latest entry into the Summer long read-a-thon!

after i do cover

Synopsis:

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?


Review:

Modern relationships. They're nothing like those from the proverbial good old days! This story examines those of modern couples, and a dysfunctional family. Are they all searching for happily ever after, or are they settling for happiness for right now? Can love change when it is lost? Can it be found again, or it forever changed by what was lost? The author does a great job in examining how expectations and dreams can falter and stymie a marriage when there is a lack of communication, and how when we don't know ourselves, it is hard to be part of a 'whole' based on quicksand. In many ways the book is also a coming of age novel, but for adults. About finding your joy, and what makes you happy, and not meeting other's expectations. It is a super quick read and perfect for reading by the pool for a late Summer lazy day!


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, Forever, Interrupted, was named one of the “11 Debuts We Love” by Kirkus Reviews. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and her dog,Rabbit. For more, check out herFacebook and Twitter pages, and her website! : http://on.fb.me/QCF5T8


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