Title: After I Do
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publisher: July 1, 2014
Publish Date: Washington Square Press
Source: BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "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.
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
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."
My Two Cents:
"After I Do," Lauren and Ryan have been married several years. They
have known each other since they were 19 years old. Their relationship
feels very much "old hat" to them. Things start going downhill when they
start getting angry at each other for reasons that they feel that they
should not have to even tell each other. The other person should just
know, but, of course, it doesn't work like that. Communication is of the
utmost importance in any relationship, romantic or not. This book is
really about being able to be upfront with what you need from a
relationship and learning to stand on your own while being a part of a
good partnership. I was enchanted with this story and all of the
characters and thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Lauren and Ryan
realize that they need to learn to be apart and to learn to be more
independent so that they can have a better relationship so they decide
to separate, a hard decision for any couple. Their friends and family
try to be understanding but they are sure that the separation is the
first step towards divorce. I applaud the characters for being so brave.
I think choosing to separate in order to come together stronger would
be an incredibly hard decision. The book starts out with the beginnings
of Lauren and Ryan's relationship and how it shapes and shifts as their
relationship matures. Both characters get sort of lazy about the upkeep
of their relationship and it ends up biting them in the rear.
majority of the book is focused on the year that they spend apart. I
really thought this part of the book was interesting. Ryan and Lauren
commit to not having contact with each other. They both are a little at
sea at first but slowly they realize that each of their individual
happiness is under their control whether they are with each other or
I absolutely loved the characters in the book. Lauren's
family is fantastic. Her grandmother is amazing. Her mom is goofy. Her
sister, Rachel, is a great cheerleader. Her brother, Charlie, was
fascinating to me. He is going through his own trials and tribulations
and he sort of shows Lauren that there is no straightforward path to
happiness, a lesson that she desperately needs to learn.
one of those books that I know is going to be on my mind for a long
time. Reid definitely captures the relationship in the book in a really
realistic way that will make anyone that is or has been a part of a
relationship reflect a little bit!