After I Do - Taylor Jenkins Reid

After I Do

By Taylor Jenkins Reid

  • Release Date: 2014-07-01
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
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From 1,041 Ratings

Description

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

“A seductive twist on the timeless tale of a couple trying to rediscover love in a marriage brought low by the challenges of domestic togetherness…touching, perceptive, and achingly honest.” —Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author

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.

Reviews

  • Reality, Marriage, and Familiar Characters

    5
    By Theheatherland
    Starts a tiny bit slow… but wow. What a turn around. Feels extremely real after going through my own family, sibling, business, and marriage issues. Another great book by this author. Interesting characters that you feel like you already know, because you probably do. Every premise will hit home with the average reader because of the realness of the life events and the characters.
  • Enjoyable read

    5
    By nyah_bird
    Easy and enjoyable read! I enjoyed the development of the characters and the portrayal of working through the rough parts of marriage.
  • Great read

    4
    By WendyM10
    Great beach read! Enjoyed the pace and characters
  • Surprisingly pretty good

    4
    By Krisb0411
    It starts off somewhat slow imo and there are parts that run on a bit, but surprisingly it was a pretty good read. My only wish is that she would’ve told the story from Ryan’s POV and not just Lauren but still a good read. I definitely think many of the challenges of marriage were realistic throughout the book which made it relatable.
  • Just OK

    3
    By Jimminy crick3t
    It had an interesting premise, but very predictable. The writing style was very juvenile and got on my nerves.
  • Love this book.

    5
    By Prudence702
    Loved the characters, the story. It’s a warm and fuzzy read.
  • Heartwarming and Lovely Book

    5
    By nevreader
    I read this book in one day and loved it! Loved the cast of characters, loved the setting, and loved the reality that love and life is not always a “bowl of cherries”, and certainly not perfect! I have to admit I got misty-eyed at the very end 🥲 Highly recommend.
  • a good read

    5
    By aajai washington
    literally didn’t expect to LOVE it bc of the price, but OMG it was so good. i was so proud of lauren every step of the way
  • Entertaining and insightful page turner

    4
    By JJREADZ
    I’m not one for these kind of reads, but I inhaled Malibu Rising and did the same here, and for similar reasons. TJR’s characters are engaging without being cliche, and she keeps the story moving without too much unnecessary exposition. For an earlier book than her bigger hits, it felt very self assured. And maybe even more than Malibu, I liked that it was about more ordinary people. Good read,
  • Good

    3
    By Miranda Gam
    A good book, but was dragged on a bit in my opinion. I feel like the main characters connection to each other wasn’t really there for me at all