Book Review: After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Rating: 5/5

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult Fiction

Warnings: Marriage/relationship conflict

Read if you liked: One True Loves or In Five Years

Review: Lauren and Ryan’s marriage has reached a breaking point, they have been together for over a decade and things have shifted. So they come up with an unconventional plan, they decide to separate for a year in the hopes of finding a way back to each other. The only rule is, they cannot contact each other but other than that, anything goes. Lauren embarks on a journey of self-discovery and finds that the people around her all have their own ideas about what marriage means. In her own healing process and with the challenges of living apart from Ryan, Lauren’s views on monogamy and marriage begin to change. What do you value? What are you willing to fight for? 

Okay, this book might be one of the best I have ever read that explores human emotions with raw honesty. It is such an incredibly simple concept but so profoundly important in our everyday lives. I was so “in my feelings” the whole time reading this, if you have ever been married, are married or have even been in a longer-term relationship…you will feel all your feels (I was having major flashback into my own life/relationships the whole time). TJR really has a way of exploring character narratives that are just so profoundly human and beautifully broken.

These characters really explore what happens when you start to no longer communicate your needs, desires and emotions to your partner…as well as, every marriage looks different. But ultimately, that love is a choice…You don’t need someone to want them in your life. There’s no perfect formula to love, and this book explores that “life” happens no matter what in all of our lives.

Things I loved: Lauren’s best friend Mila was such a good influence and gave amazing advice (as well as her grandmother and mother). You didn’t know what was going to happen to their marriage, it really was up in the air but I was up for the journey of it all. The emails (if you know, you know) and I would totally do this.

Things I didn’t care for: This really was a perfect book for me, nothing I would change about the story. I just want everyone to read this book so we can talk about it!

Love,

A

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