Forever, Interrupted - Taylor Jenkins Reid

Forever, Interrupted

By Taylor Jenkins Reid

  • Release Date: 2013-07-09
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 802 Ratings


From the New York Times bestselling author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

“​Touching and powerful...Reid masterfully grabs hold of the heartstrings and doesn't let go. A stunning first novel.”​Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Have you ever heard of supernovas? They shine brighter than anything else in the sky and then fade out really quickly, a short burst of extraordinary energy. I like to think you and Ben were like that . . . in that short time, you had more passion than some people have in a lifetime.”

Elsie Porter is an average twentysomething and yet what happens to her is anything but ordinary. On a rainy New Year’s Day, she heads out to pick up a pizza for one. She isn’t expecting to see anyone else in the shop, much less the adorable and charming Ben Ross. Their chemistry is instant and electric. Ben cannot even wait twenty-four hours before asking to see her again. Within weeks, the two are head over heels in love. By May, they’ve eloped.

Only nine days later, Ben is out riding his bike when he is hit by a truck and killed on impact. Elsie hears the sirens outside her apartment, but by the time she gets downstairs, he has already been whisked off to the emergency room. At the hospital, she must face Susan, the mother-in-law she has never met—and who doesn’t even know Elsie exists.

Interweaving Elsie and Ben’s charmed romance with Elsie and Susan’s healing process, Forever, Interrupted will remind you that there’s more than one way to find a happy ending.


  • Did not like the way it ended

    By Debdarling5
    The book was amazing, but the ending was abrupt. It felt like there should have been more to it.
  • Sad story

    By Mcb717
    Much of this book was sad. But it did touch on some “feel good” areas of people and relationships.
  • Emotional

    By ReaderFan2017777
    Well written and likable story. Though sad topic it continued to keep me hooked.
  • Easy read

    By Hanner_and
    I love TJR. This book was good, I enjoyed going between different time lines to grow character information. This book is sweet and tender not overly dramatic and punchy. A very easy read that will pull at your heart.
  • Well written but…

    By hp0807
    Really appreciate TJR’s writing and the real take on grief but I found the character to be fairly uninteresting and at times selfish…
  • Devastating

    By page of wands
    I don’t normally leave reviews and honestly I’m not finished with the book, I’m in part two. But if you have anxiety about losing loved ones just know this book will rip you to shreds. I’ve fortunately never grieved the loss of someone I see as my soulmate, but now that I’ve found mine… this book made that bond so much more special to me. This book will make you cherish your life and the people in it but if you’re like me- you’ll sob and hyperventilate from the way this book is written. It’s beautifully devastating.
  • Beautifully written—the best book I’ve read for a long time.

    By margie j.
    In tears for much of Part 1, but Part 2 restored my faith in the resilience of mind and heart after terrible tragedy.
  • Sooooo Amazing

    By BJoles
    I had to read this for a second time because it’s just so good. Everyone should read it. Everyone should fall in love with Ben. Cry with Elsie and Susan. This book is so perfectly written. It bounces back and forth in time and brings you to tears and then to laughter back to tears again. One of my all time favorites ❤️
  • I’m hooked

    By WeRnErDs
    Love the author and obsessed with his work.
  • This book will definitely make you think!

    By myrtz80
    Forever Interrupted: A Novel isn't your typical romance novel. If you are looking for a book to sweep you off your feet from the word go, this isn't for you. This book takes a tragedy and makes you struggle with the aftermath right along with the main character, Elsie Porter Ross. She eventually comes to grips with reality when she learns to lean on those close to her and in turn she becomes a rock to those people. The author did a very good job of forcing me to question myself as if I were going through the same situation. As with her other book, After I Do, I found myself thinking about not just myself but how friends and family cope with the same situation. I suppose the moral of a Taylor Jenkins Reid story is to remember if you are suffering and you think you are alone, you are not and that is a very comforting thought.