Monday, June 30, 2014

Book Review and GIVEAWAY: After I Do, by Taylor Jenkins Reid, ends 7/9

What happened to us?

I can hear a voice in my head, speaking crisply and clearly. I don't love him anymore. That's what it says. I don't love him anymore. And maybe more heartbreaking is the fact that I know, deep down, he doesn't love me either.

It all clicks into place.
...
Ryan and I are two people who used to be in love.

What a beautiful thing to have been.

What a sad thing to be.

I reviewed Taylor Jenkins Reid's Forever, Interrupted back in December of last year, and it was not your typical romance "meet cute" novel. I was excited to get the chance to review her newest book, After I Do, which is thankfully a bit less depressing, but still very interesting nonetheless.

Official synopsis:
After I Do, Taylor Jenkins Reid, giveaway and reviewFrom 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?

This is a love story about what happens when the love fades. It’s about staying in love, seizing love, forsaking love, and committing to love with everything you’ve got. And above all,
After I Do is the story of a couple caught up in an old game—and searching for a new road to happily ever after.

When Lauren and Ryan realize they're no longer in love, Lauren proposes something outside the norm: take a "year off" from their marriage, and then, after that time, reevaluate their relationship. This means they can date other people, and generally behave as if they are single, although at first Lauren misses Ryan so much that she won't even entertain the idea of seeing others. 

After a few months, though, something interesting starts to happen: she realizes she doesn't actually need Ryan, and is actually happy trying to live an independent life. 

Reid's first book, Forever, Interrupted, told the story of a couple whose time together was cut short rather quickly, in a fatal way; After I Do tries to evaluate if a couple wants to cut their time short, or not. At the same time, the key players in Lauren's life are trying to evaluate their own relationships - her mom with a boyfriend, Bill, and her younger brother Charlie with the newly-pregnant Natalie, whom he met on a plane - and these impact how Lauren starts to think, as well.

I'd recommend this novel for anyone who likes a good story. I loved Reid's first novel, and this one was just as good - I devoured it on my Kindle app very quickly. It might fall in to the "beach read" category but it's not your typical romance or rom-com; marriage has already been accomplished, and this takes a look back at what happens AFTER one says "I do." 

After I Do is in stores (link) on July 1st. 4 stars out of 5.

*Disclosure: I received a copy of this novel for reviewing purposes. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

GIVEAWAY:

I have one paperback copy of After I Do for a lucky reader to win. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway will end Wednesday, July 9th, at 11:59pm EST, and winner will be notified via email on July 10th and have 24 hours to respond, or an alternate winner will be chosen.

U.S. residents only, please.

Good luck!

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27 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great story. I love how you weave so much into your reviews - keep it up!

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  2. This is such an unconventional take on "happily ever after" I think it will be very interesting to read. Thanks for the review and the chance to win a copy.

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  3. I want to read it just to find out how it ends!

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  4. Sounds like it is a great story, thanks for all the book reviews!

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  5. Sounds interesting, OK, and slightly depressing truthfully ;) But, I'm all about sharing what really DOES happen after "I do!" And of course, the main character has a fab name - LOL!

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    1. Ha, yup! And it was a little depressing but also kind of uplifting in a way - you'll have to read it to see what I mean. :)

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  6. Certainly a different way to approach a marriage

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  7. Definitely sounds like an interesting story. i'm always looking for new books to read. thanks for the chance!

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  8. Sounds like an interesting story! I'm curious to see what happens!

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  9. Ohhhh, this sounds like a book I would love to read!

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  10. Id love to read this book because its unconventional.It will make GOOD BEACH BOOK FOR ME HERE IN FLORIDA

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  11. Heard a lot of good things about this book!

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  12. Sounds like a great book! It's already on my to-read list!! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  13. I loved Forever, Interrupted and I KNOW I will love After I Do! Anxious to read it!

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    1. Her writing style is similar in both. I thought Forever, Interrupted was so unique and this one is too :) good luck!

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  14. This book sounds so great! Thanks for this review. I love finding new books :)

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  15. I haven't read anything by this author. I'd like to win because I always like to find new reads!

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  16. I haven't read any of her works yet, but this sounds like something I'd get sucked into pretty quickly!

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  17. It sounds like a story that makes you think about relationships an commitment.

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  18. I'd like to read this because I like to discover "new to me" authors.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  19. It sounds interesting. What a crazy way to try a marriage. ha I have to know how it ends!

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  20. I'd like to read the book because I love reading all kinds of genres and this one sounds great.

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  21. I want to read this book because it really sounds like a good read & I think I would really enjoy the story!


    andysavi.mom@gmail.com

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