Forever, Interrupted was my last Taylor Jenkins Reid book. I love her work. She develops amazing characters with interesting plots, and this book was no exception. Less than two weeks after Elsie and Ben’s wedding, Ben is killed in a car/bike accident. Instead of living happily ever after, Elsie has to deal with Ben’s death and her new mother-in-law. She’s grieving and heart broken, and because it was a short relationship, no one understands grief.
This book is written in alternating chapters – present day and the past. The reader gets to read about Elsie and Ben falling in love but also Elsie’s struggle to keep living after Ben dies. It’s a lot sadder than I was expecting. I didn’t know much about the format going into this book, so I think I was expecting there to be more focus on Elsie moving on. Let me just warn you, this book is mostly about her grieving process. And while the parts about their courtship were fun and adorable, they had the shadow of death hanging over them.
As always, TJR’s writing was amazing. She set up a difficult situation for her main character (prompted by a Craig’s List post it seems), and she did very well with the subject matter. But this wasn’t the most enjoyable book to read. I was torn about the rating, but in the end since I flew through it very quickly, I thought it deserved 4 stars. Fans of TJR will not want to miss this book (her first novel), but if you’ve never read her before, I recommend starting with one of her other books: One True Loves or Maybe In Another Life perhaps.
Rating: 4 Stars