After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Release Date - July 2014
Taylor Jenkins Reid
Washington Square Press
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
Taylor Jenkins Reid burst onto the scene with her very poignant Forever, Interrupted. Now she's back with a book that I found equally touching. In this one, I found a little more of myself, and that one made it even more memorable, enjoyable, and occasionally brought on the tears with its touching prose.
After I Do takes a look at a marriage more than a decade after the couple marries. Lauren and Ryan had instant chemistry and the beginnings of a very happy marriage while they were still very young. Now, 16 years later, they fight all the time, can never agree on anything, and neither is happy. They decide to separate for an entire year, with one rule, they cannot communicate during this year apart.
While Lauren first questions what on earth they are doing, she soon begins to find that she is her own person. Her journey of self-discovery is clearly what she needs and soon has her wondering if the 19 year old who fell in love with and married Ryan is truly the person she was meant to become. Is true love really forever, or is that something the fairy tales whip up?
I loved this book. One thing that is present is that a marriage does take work and anyone who thinks differently is in for a shock. After 23 years of marriage, the 21-year-old me really had no idea how being with the same person day in and day out isn't what the fairy tales portray. Watching Lauren come to realize little truths along the way was refreshing.
After I Do is not a depressing book like you might expect given the subject matter. In fact, I found it very lighthearted and refreshing. The book spirals from the start of Ryan and Lauren's romance to the little things that led to their unhappiness. Then it moves on to their new lives apart and the joys and sorrows they face there too. I really, really liked this book and again find myself eager to see what Taylor Jenkins Reid dishes up next.