Review: After I Do
Lauren and Ryan seemed perfect for each other from the day they met but now that they’ve been together for ten years, things seem off. They no longer seem to be working together and they squabble about meaningless things. In an effort to save their marriage, they decide on a one year separation – with no communication during the year.
At first Lauren wonders how she’ll get along without Ryan and finds herself thinking about him all the time. She comes up with a way to keep up with what he’s doing, though, and learning about his actions helps her grow, learn, and figure out what she wants from a relationship. Will this separation help Lauren and Ryan or does it mark the beginning of the end of their marriage?
Even though I hate to use the label, After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid is classic chick lit. Lauren and Ryan are typical college sweethearts who grow complacent in their relationship. Ryan thinks the relationship may be doomed so he suggests a separation, hoping it’ll make their hearts grow fonder for each other. The story is told from Lauren’s point of view but Reid uses a clever plot device to let readers in on Ryan’s thoughts as well. The young couple must use the year apart to figure out what they want in their future.
I was looking for a new audio book to listen to and saw that Sheila of Book Journey enjoyed After I Do so I decided to give it a try. Tara Sands does a fabulous job with the narration so I enjoyed listening to the book, even though I thought it was clichéd and predictable. If you decide to read this book, I think audio is the way to go.