Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Title: Forever, Interrupted
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis: Elsie Porter is an average twenty-something and yet what happens to her is anything but ordinary. On a rainy New Year’s Day, she heads out to pick up a pizza for one. She isn’t expecting to see anyone else in the shop, much less the adorable and charming Ben Ross. Their chemistry is instant and electric. Ben cannot even wait twenty-four hours before asking to see her again. Within weeks, the two are head over heels in love. By May, they’ve eloped.

Only nine days later, Ben is out riding his bike when he is hit by a truck and killed on impact. Elsie hears the sirens outside her apartment, but by the time she gets downstairs, he has already been whisked off to the emergency room. At the hospital, she must face Susan, the mother-in-law she has never met and who doesn’t even know Elsie exists.

Interweaving Elsie and Ben’s charmed romance with Elsie and Susan’s healing process, Forever, Interrupted will remind you that there’s more than one way to find a happy ending.

Have you ever heard of supernovas? They shine brighter than anything else in the sky and then fade out really quickly, a short burst of extraordinary energy. I like to think you and Ben were like that . . . in that short time, you had more passion than some people have in a lifetime.

Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid is a love story that follows the love and loss of Elsie Porter and Ben Ross. In the course of six months the two meet, fall in love, and run off to Vegas to get married. Can I call swoon worthy yet?

Then, two weeks into their marriage, Ben un expectantly dies in a car accident, leaving Elsie with an empty house full of his things and a mother-in-law she’s never met.

The novel runs in parallel stories that are balanced very well. The first is the present, Elsie losing and mourning Ben. The second is the past, Elsie meeting and falling in love with Ben (and all of the amazing moments in between).

The second story is triggered by memories. We really only get snapshots of their lives together as Elsie thinks of them. But by the end their story still feels well rounded and true.

Elsie’s present is colored by loss and pain. We watch her hurt herself and others just to hold onto those feelings, if only for something of Ben to hold on to. Her relationship with her mother-in-law is extremely poignant. In Susan, Elsie finds family and hope, and pieces of her husband she thought she’d lost forever.

I absolutely adored every inch of this book. It’s achingly romantic and utterly heartbreaking. I fell for Ben on page one and mourned for him by chapter two. There are not many books that can do that. It’s something I hope to do one day.

I got to read about two people fall fast and unabashedly hard, so much so that they needed to make up a 5 week rule in order to keep from saying “I love you” too early, and it didn’t even work.

I need a Ben in my life. I want to fall as fearlessly as Elsie. I want to forgive and give of myself like Susan. I honestly think that sums up my feelings of this book best. I want to follow in the footsteps of these characters. I want a life as full of love as theirs.

I don’t think I’ll ever get over how wonderful this book truly is.

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