After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I love, love, loved this book!
After I Do is the story of Lauren and Ryan, who have been married for six years, and together for eleven. When they first got married, they both thought their love for each other would conquer everything. As time went by, they both began to drift apart, to the point where they’ve fallen out of love.
In an effort to save their marriage, Lauren and Ryan resort to the unconventional: a trial separation of 1 year in which they cannot contact each other, no matter what.
“Isn’t it nice once you’ve outgrown the ideas of what life should be and you just enjoy what it is?”
Going into the book, I had my reservations about it. My reservations were mainly about the fact that I’m not married, therefore how could I connect with the characters and their marriage problems? This book is a testament to Ms. Reid’s fantastic writing skills, because I related to this book more than I thought I would, and I fell in love with their characters, and their faults.
I loved that even though the book was from the point of view of Lauren, we still gained some insight into what Ryan was doing through his unsent emails to Lauren. Most of the emails “exchanged” broke my heart and caused tears to come into my eyes more than once.
And even though it wasn’t a main part of the book, I loved all of the Los Angeles tidbits that were included. I can relate/laugh at all of them because I’m a resident, and they’re so true. For example:
-the whole issue with what street to take to get somewhere? That’s an everyday thing here. Watch SNL’s “The Californians” when you get the chance, it’s pretty accurate.
-Burbank IKEA! It’s across the street from my local Barnes and Noble, so it was an awesome shoutout to my hometown 🙂
-The dodger stadium issue: My dad and I once lost our car in that parking lot. It took us over an hour, and much bickering to find it, so I was literally laughing out loud at that part in the book.
-Rose Bowl flea market (which is awesome)
This book about an unconventional love story stole my heart, and I think I’ll be having a book hangover from this special one for a while.
By the way, special shoutout/thank you to Feifei who recommended this. I never would have read it otherwise, so I am very grateful that you did. It’s a beautiful story 🙂