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Review: After I Do

February 11, 2016

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.

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21 Comments leave one →
  1. February 11, 2016 5:06 am

    Even though the book is predictable, I think it might be the light fiction that I need right now. I’m going to check out the audio version. Nice review.

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  2. February 11, 2016 5:58 am

    Light reading is certainly necessary. This fits the bill.

  3. February 11, 2016 7:53 am

    I’m not sure this one is for me, although I agree that some light reading is just the ticket right now.

  4. February 11, 2016 9:37 am

    One of these days (maybe) I’ll try an audiobook.

  5. February 11, 2016 9:39 am

    I am so glad you listened to it! I have been drawn to lighter books this last year and it was a fun easy listen. I have found that I am now able to move a bit towards heavier reads… that is good, I wasn’t sure I would get there.

  6. February 11, 2016 9:54 am

    I have to admit to loving chick lit books – they are a fun genre to dip into now and again. I’ve read some reviews of this book and some others by this author and they always make them sound so good. I can definitely believe they are predictable, but I can also see them being good for a light read. Sounds like you enjoyed it, which makes me pretty sure I’ll enjoy it as well. Thanks!

  7. February 11, 2016 10:22 am

    That sure sounds like a long time to be apart. I don’t think I’d have agreed to a whole year, maybe just a few months. It sounds interesting.

  8. February 11, 2016 10:23 am

    This sounds sweet, definitely a little light but I will keep it in my mind. A year is a LONG TIME. I wonder how she knew what he was doing, that part piques my attention, sounds unique and maybe modern like.

  9. Patty permalink
    February 11, 2016 11:30 am

    It does sound like a fun book but not sure about that audio!

  10. February 11, 2016 12:01 pm

    I know many of you enjoy audio…not for me! lol.

    I read this one, though, and enjoyed it, probably as a nice “palate cleanser” from the harsh and dark thrillers I often enjoy. Thanks for sharing.

  11. February 11, 2016 12:20 pm

    This may not be for me, but I’m glad you enjoyed the audio.

  12. February 11, 2016 2:03 pm

    I really liked this book – read it. Maybe I’ll listen to her next one.

  13. February 11, 2016 2:29 pm

    I hate that label to, and yet, sometimes one has to use it for lack of a better label!

  14. February 11, 2016 5:53 pm

    Kathy, thanks for your honest review. It sounds like an enjoyable read or listen, especially for women.

  15. Diane permalink
    February 11, 2016 6:50 pm

    I don’t think this is for me, these days books about 20 and 30-somethings issues seem just so frivolous to me LOL

  16. bookingmama permalink
    February 12, 2016 5:07 pm

    Sounds adorable. And you know what? Sometimes I just need a little chick lit in my life.

  17. February 12, 2016 6:46 pm

    I really liked this one, and everything by this author actually! Tara Sands is one of my favorite narrators.

  18. February 13, 2016 10:46 pm

    Hm, clichéd and predictable has its place 🙂 This would be an audio I’d consider.

  19. Literary Feline permalink
    February 13, 2016 11:39 pm

    I am not sure about this one, to be honest. I like some books in this genre, but not all appeal to me.

  20. February 14, 2016 9:35 am

    I’ve been meaning to try this author. Sometimes light and cliche is what I’m looking for, actually. 🙂

  21. February 14, 2016 5:09 pm

    This might be good to read in between some heavier books.

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