After I Do

After I Do

A Novel

Book - 2014 | First Washington Square Press trade paperback edition
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"From the author of Forever, Interrupted--hailed by Sarah Jio as "moving, gorgeous, and at times heart-wrenching"--comes a breathtaking new novel about modern marriage, the depth of family ties, and the year that one remarkable heroine spends exploring both. 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"--
Publisher: New York :, Washington Square Press,, 2014
Edition: First Washington Square Press trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9781476712840
Branch Call Number: FIC Reid
Characteristics: 336 p


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May 18, 2020

amazing bond between both ,loved it no matter what they wanted to live together ,not because they're married but because they felt it. unconsiously they were deeply tied ....all these deep emotions were carried smoothly till the end.

Jun 12, 2019

I don't usually enjoy "after marriage" romance-lit but this one has lots to say about the struggle to keep love alive in a marriage & says it beautifully. I was really rooting for these two well-defined, lovable characters. It's a bit too long, it dragged at the end, but it's well written with believable dialogue & strong secondary characters. This is early Taylor Jenkins Reid & you can see she is already playing with with the different voices & structures -- flash backs, emails, etc -- that she masters in 'The Seven Husbands ..." and in "Daisy Jones...".

Jan 22, 2019

It seems that in nearly every book I read by TJR, there are elements that upset or frustrate me. I mean seriously, I ugly-cried for 75% of One True Loves and it's still one of my all-time favorites. Not only do I get upset and sometimes downright angry while reading her stories, I am also overcome by moments of gut-wrenching sadness, emphatic joy, crushing love, and the list goes on and on. Because this author can evoke such extreme emotions from her writing, she has remained an absolute favorite author of mine.

While I like to claim that I'm a huge fan of TJR, I still had not read her first two published books. It was nice knowing that I always had them to look forward to when waiting for her next release. Although I can't say that After I Do was my favorite by this author, I can say that I am wholly impressed by the consistent quality of her writing starting from the beginning of her published career. After I Do had all of the TJR trademark elements - atypical romance, colorful secondary characters, compelling non-romantic relationships/friendships, and wonderful moments of wittiness. I relished all of them. My reasons for not giving this book an emphatic 5 stars were due two reasons. One being my own conservative view of marriage and therefore a highly subjective opinion. I won't go into details for those who haven't read the book, but I struggled with some of the choices that the H/h made while dealing with their strained marriage. At the same time, I understand the irony of that statement, because a main point by the author was that every marriage/relationship looks different to different people and we shouldn't project our opinions onto others. My second reason was a disconnect to the main characters' relationship. Since the book is told in 1st person POV by the wife with a limited POV from the husband told largely through correspondence, I never felt that I really knew the husband all that well. I rooted for their happily ever after, but didn't feel that strong emotional investment. Those two reasons did not affect my overall enjoyment and I ultimately had a hard time putting it down as per every other book by this author.

Dec 27, 2018

Like always, Taylor Jenkins Reid brings emotional depth and understanding to the everyday heartbreaks we go through in our lives. I love how she writes not just about romantic relationships, but those between friends, siblings, and family ... After I Do showcases how two people full of good intention can become toxic with one another, and how that dynamic can be changed. Loved it, as usual. One of my favourite authors, read everything she writes!

Jun 07, 2015

Beautifully written novel about marriage, family and friends. It was honest, concise, thoughtful and insightful. It explored various topics, opinions, emotions and situations with intelligence, honesty and empathy, but never being maudlin or hateful. It explored all sides and provided different ways to look at past and current issues. All relationships have their challenges and this novel admits as much - that everyone goes through such ordeals. Highly recommended!!

Jun 01, 2015

Written with brutal honesty about the way relationships ebb and flow and how individuals can grow apart over time. Parts of this didn't quite gel with my perspective on marriage, but there were still many positive reminders to be gained from this book.

DebbieP Apr 07, 2015

Mesmerizing and heart breaking at the same time, this is an unconventional love story . It has the ability to catch you by surprise, because you want to know, you need to know how this modern marriage experiment will play out in the end. And you really do have to wait until the end!

Nov 21, 2014

This book was one that made you remember about why you fell in love in the first place. Life happens and we don't always treat that person the way we used to. Though it's fiction, you can certainly find moments of "ah, yes". Enjoyable

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