Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Published by Washington Square Press on September 24th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
“No matter how strong you are, no matter how smart you are or tough you can be, the world will find a way to break you. And when it does, the only thing you can do is hold on.”
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones & the Six are some of my all-time favourite books. Since I love Taylor Jenkins Reid’s work, I figured I’d go back and read some of her earlier novels.
In Forever, Interrupted, Elsie Porter is an average twentysomething woman 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’s not expecting to see anyone else in the shop, let alone the adorable and charming Ben Ross.
Their chemistry is instant and electric. 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’s hit by a truck and killed on impact. At the hospital, Elsie must face Susan, the mother-in-law she’s never met and who doesn’t even know Elsie exists.
You can tell from my rating that I felt lukewarm about the book. I’m not saying it’s bad by any means, but I just know what Jenkins Reid can do with characters and plot.
And this just fell short for me. But there are plenty of things I still enjoyed about this book.
For one, I loved that the story interweaved Elsie and Ben’s romance with Elsie and Susan’s healing process.
I read some reviews saying that they weren’t a fan of the back and forth timeline jumping. But I think it kept the story fresh and exciting. We get to see Elsie and Ben’s romance in bits and pieces as well as Elsie’s journey to getting herself past this tragedy.
One thing I have to commend Jenkins Reid on is the fact that she wasted zero time getting to the conflict. I always have to brace myself when I read books because often times it takes forever to get to the action or the meat of the story.
So why the three bubble tea rating?
I didn’t feel anything for any of the characters. I wanted to learn more about Elsie as a character before she got into a relationship with Ben.
I feel like Jenkins Reid rushed through it too quickly in conversation with Ben as the two characters are getting to know each other.
And Ana! I thought she was a great character who helped Elsie through thick and thin, but I wanted more time with their friendship.
I think the book was too short, to be honest. I rarely say that about the books I read. It felt like we got a very superficial understanding of these characters. And I think the greatest tragedy was the fact that we didn’t get enough context around Susan.
This is a fine book. One that I wouldn’t reread, but I do appreciate that it took me out of a reading slump. I wasn’t able to finish any of the other books I started, but I finished this in one sitting.
If you’re looking for a sweet romantic book that shows that there’s more than one type of happy ending, I think you’ll enjoy this. It’s a quick read and Jenkins Reid does a wonderful job at portraying a happy and healthy relationship.