After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Contemporary, 352 pages, published in 2014

Synopsis: After being in a relationship since college, Lauren and Ryan can’t even stand to be in the same room together. Not ready to completely give up on their relationship, they decide to spend one year apart with no contact and free to see other people.

Spoiler Free Review:


I read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo last year and I absolutely fell in love! Since then, I’ve been meaning to read more books by Taylor Jenkins Reid, and I’m finally getting to it.

At first, I was kind of skeptical about this book. The initial descriptions of the characters seemed a little cliche and I’m not the biggest fan of second chance romances, which this one seemed to be. However, I did end up loving this book because it just made me feel a lot of things, leaving me feeling hopeful at the end.

One of my absolute favorite parts of this book was that the side characters, mostly Lauren’s family, felt so real. They each had their own problems to over come in this book and it felt so nice to see that the main character wasn’t wrapped up in her own little bubble. I feel like a lot of romances skip side character development in favor of the main characters, especially in a book this short. In this case, I think Lauren really got to learn about herself without being in a vacuum.

I don’t know exactly what it is about Taylor Jenkins Reid’s writing, but it absolutely draws me in every single time and makes me feel things I didn’t know I could feel. If she hadn’t written it, this would not be a book I would normally pick up.

There is one thing that Lauren does that kind of bothered me throughout the whole book. I won’t say exactly what it is, but it felt like a big invasion of privacy, especially considering that she and Ryan are effectively separated.

One other small thing that bothered me and that I thought was a little unbelievable was that at the beginning of the book, Lauren completely forgets that it’s Valentine’s Day. Sorry, but you have to be living under a rock in the middle of nowhere to forget about Valentine’s Day! Everything is so over-saturated with reminders that the holiday is coming up that it seems honestly ridiculous.

Overall though, this was a super quick but also very emotional read for me. Next up on my Taylor Jenkins Reid TBR is Forever, Interrupted and I am very nervous and scared to read it because it’s gonna hit me right in the feels!

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