2. Taylor Jenkins Reid – Maybe In Another Life

So, have I mentioned that I have a perfect boyfriend recently? No? Okay, well here goes.

This past Christmas, one of my gifts was ‘from’ my dog (actually something my boyfriend bought for me). As if that’s not cute enough, the gift was an autographed copy of my favorite author’s newest book. Wait, it gets better. Taylor Jenkins Reid signed these books at a bookstore near where she lives, in California, which is on the opposite coast of where I live. So he had the book shipped from California to Vermont just so I could have an autographed copy. Adorable, no?

Anyway, this past weekend I read the book. I’ve been trying to hold off on it for as long as I could, because I knew I would finish it in one day and I didn’t want to be done with it, but I finally caved.

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Taylor Jenkins Reid – Maybe in Another Life (photo taken by me)

The book starts out with the main character, Hannah, moving from New York to LA, where she grew up. Hannah is almost 30 and has never stayed in one place for very long, but she gets out of a bad relationship and her best friend Gabby convinces her to move home.

On her first night in LA, Hannah goes out with Gabby and her friends, where she runs into her high school boyfriend (who she always thought was the one), Ethan. They start talking and flirting, but before long, Gabby shows up and says she’s heading home, asking Hannah if she wants to go too.

From there, the chapters of the book alternate between two different worlds – one in which Hannah stays out with Ethan, and one in which she goes home with Gabby. The two worlds quickly take very different turns and we see how one simple decision can affect so much.

The book says a lot about the idea of fate, while we follow Hannah through two very different lives full of their own struggles.

Of course, since this is my favorite author we’re talking about, I loved this book. I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite of hers, but it’s still really good, and I fell in love with both stories. My only complaint would have to be that the ending kind of left me wanting more, although overall I was pleased. I give this book two thumbs up.

 

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42. Taylor Jenkins Reid – After I Do

So, I’m pretty much the most lame person ever. I just moved into school last Sunday and then this past Thursday, I went home for the weekend. I know, lame, right? But, it was so I could see my cutie cute nephew who came out to visit.

So anyway, since I went home, I had a six hour train ride, and I finished a whole book on the way. Yay!

The book was After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I don’t know if any of you remember, but I recently found a new favorite book, Taylor Jenkins Reid’s Forever, InterruptedSince I loved that book so much, I was eager to read After I Do and had high expectations for it.

Those expectations were definitely met. I also loved this book. Not as much as the last one, but I still loved it.

Taylor Jenkins Reid - After I Do (photo taken by me)
Taylor Jenkins Reid – After I Do (photo taken by me)

Basically, this book is about a married couple who fall into too much of a routine and grow to resent each other. They decide the best way to move forward is to do a “trial separation” – they agree to spend an entire year apart with no contact at all, and at the end of the year see if they want to get back together. The reader follows the wife, Lauren, through that year of her life.

The book starts out by showing bits of their life together over the past eleven years, so the reader can see how their relationship has gone downhill. Then we meet up with the couple as they decide to split up temporarily and see the whole thing through.

You have to admit, this book has a unique concept. I wasn’t sure if I would like it all that much, but Reid does a beautiful job handling the subject. I really grew to love all the characters in the book and Lauren’s family had me laughing the whole time.

This book definitely pulls at your heartstrings and makes you appreciate all your loved ones. Toward the end of the book, I really wasn’t sure how Lauren and Ryan’s relationships was going to end up, which I really liked. I thought that it would have an obvious ending, but it kept me hooked all the way to the end.

I really enjoyed this book and continue to look forward to reading Reid’s other book (and any future books she may write). I would definitely recommend this book to others, especially if they have read Forever, Interrupted and enjoyed it.

36. Taylor Jenkins Reid – Forever, Interrupted

You guys. I think I’ve found the one.

My new favorite book.

I just finished Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid. And I loved it. Every second of it.

Taylor Jenkins Reid - Forever, Interrupted (photo taken by me)
Taylor Jenkins Reid – Forever, Interrupted (photo taken by me)

The main character of this book is named Elsie. At the start of the book, Elsie is a newlywed. She’s been married to Ben for nine days and they were only dating for six months before that. But they’re madly in love.

Elsie and Ben are sitting on their couch in wedded bliss when she says she’s craving Fruity Pebbles. Ben jumps up to save the day and heads out on his bicycle to get Elsie the cereal she wants. But he never comes home with it.

On his way home, Ben is hit by a truck and killed on impact. Just like that, the man Elsie loves is gone.

She’s soon in the hospital, waiting to see her husband’s body, when his mother, who doesn’t even know Elsie exists, comes in. Elsie has to introduce herself to Susan and explain her relationship with Ben, but Susan wants to hear nothing of it.

The book flashes back and forth in time to tell two stories at once – Elsie and Ben’s love story alongside Elsie and Susan’s healing process.

I loved this book. The whole time. I could hardly put it down (until last night when I forced myself to stop reading just so I could have one more day with it).

The writing style is great, I really came to love the characters and feel like they were people I knew. I loved how Jenkins went back and forth between the two stories. Ben and Elsie’s love story was amazing and romantic, while the story after his death was emotional and moving. If the story had just been about Elsie dealing with her husband’s death, it probably would have been too sad for me to read, but interweaving their relationship makes the book warm your heart.

I honestly feel like this is my new favorite book. It moved me in a way no other book has. It also really made me appreciate the love I have in my life.

For anyone who’s read the book, you’ll find it funny that my copy was a used one bought from a library. But I can totally see myself buying a brand new copy in the future. I’ve heard it said before – you can never have too many copies of your favorite book.

I definitely think I’ll be reading this book again in the future. I absolutely love the story. I also can’t wait to read Jenkins’ other books (and hopefully she writes lots more!).

I would 100% recommend this book to others, it’s an easy read but a great story. The book pulled at my heartstrings the whole time and made me tear up more than once – no easy feat with me.