by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Buy the Book: Amazon
Goodreads: When Lauren and Ryan’s marriage reaches the breaking point, they come up with an unconventional plan. They decide to take a year off in the hopes of finding a way to fall in love again. One year apart, and only one rule: they cannot contact each other. Aside from that, anything goes.
Lauren embarks on a journey of self-discovery, quickly finding that her friends and family have their own ideas about the meaning of marriage. These influences, as well as her own healing process and the challenges of living apart from Ryan, begin to change Lauren’s ideas about monogamy and marriage. She starts to question: When you can have romance without loyalty and commitment without marriage, when love and lust are no longer tied together, what do you value? What are you willing to fight for?
Kritters Thoughts: My first Taylor Jenkins Reid and after hearing all the praise, I was so excited to read this one! With a premise that I may have shied away from due to the subject matter - I am not usually one for negative relationship storylines, but I had to give this author a try.
The set up for the book was fantastic. The first chapter was a present day snapshot of their marriage in the middle of a speed bump and then the author takes you back in time to when they met, through their dating courtship and into the early moments of the marriage. I loved the rewind to get the reader up to speed. Then the real drama of the story began and I loved the honesty. The characters felt like they were based off people in real life - I even laughed at some of the things they did and said because I could see myself doing those things.
I am officially a Taylor Jenkins Reid fan and will definitely be looking for her previous book and upcoming books.
Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel
Ebook 2014 Challenge: 43 out of 100
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book free of charge from BookSparks PR. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.