Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Book Review: After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Hello friends! I recently read the book After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid and I wanted to share some thoughts about it today. I listened to the audio book version because it’s included on the Audible Escape package. I had heard of Taylor before and I had heard generally good things about her books so I decided to give this book a shot!

Spoiler Alert: I did enjoy this book! I rated it 4 stars on Goodreads. If you want to follow me on Goodreads to find out more about the books I read, click here.

The Story

At first, I wasn’t sure that I was going to be able to get into this book. See, it’s about a young married couple who has been together since they were in college. They knew they found their person, got married right after college, and immediately dove into the complicated world of trying to figure out your life while also trying to figure out marriage and be a good partner.

I had trouble getting into it at first because that is so different from my life. I’m about the same age as Lauren and Ryan but I’m definitely not in the same place as them, life-wise. I’m in a relationship but I have my own house where I live with my dog. So in one of the beginning scenes where they’re trying to find their car in a crowded parking lot and they were being so nasty with each other I was like, do they even love each other? Why are they acting this way? What happened?

But as the story unravels and we as readers learn about how they got to that place, I felt like I suddenly understood. People get comfortable in relationships and sometimes they take what they have for granted. Because of that, Lauren and Ryan decided to take a year off from their marriage. He moved out and the two of them began their separate lives as single people, even though they were still married.

I wasn’t sure how this was going to work. I felt very nervous for the characters. But as I continued to read and understand their situation better, I was surprised by what happened.

What I Liked

There was a lot to like about this story. While the nastiness between Lauren and Ryan freaked me out in the beginning, I immediately felt for Lauren as she and her husband started to try and figure things out, on their own.

She’s a likable character with a likable family. I really enjoyed the scenes between Lauren and her family because they always told her the truth about her situation. Lauren’s mother raised her and her three siblings alone, and so she knew what it was like to have a relationship not work out. Her insight into Lauren’s situation was always interesting.

I also liked how this book really dove into all kinds of relationships so even while Lauren was taking a break from her own, she was surrounded by other people have difficult issues as well. First, there was her coworker/friend who was having marital tensions of her own. Then there was Lauren’s sister who everyone worried about because she was perpetually single. And even Lauren’s mom had a boyfriend, although the idea of having him move in with her made her more than a little anxious.

After I do is a book about relationships and it really made me think about my own, in a good way. I’m not married so I can’t relate to the characters in that way, but this story really made me think about how it’s important to treat those you love with kindness, respect, and empathy.

Who Would I Recommend This Book To?

Everyone! Well, maybe not everyone. But I think if you’re a fan of contemporary fiction / women’s fiction you will find this story insightful and unique. The characters kept me guessing and the ending was very satisfying.

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That’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my review!

Until next time,
Marian

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