Review: Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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

Forever, Interrupted
Taylor Jenkins Reid
Fiction
Simon and Schuster
July 9, 2013
Paperback
324

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.

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