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After I Do

I have now read 3 books (one was a short story) by Taylor Jenkins Reid and I love her. They have all been different but have some similarities. They have all been about relationships in some way, shape, or form.

After I Do was obviously about a married couple who met young and got married after college. It was a little boring to me and probably my least favorite of the 3 I’ve read by Reid, but it was interesting to read being a [semi] newlywed. A year and a half isn’t truly still newlywed, right?

Lauren and Ryan hit a big rut in their marriage and are not communicating, not interacting, and resenting each other. So they decide to take a year off. He moves out, she stays in the house and keeps the dog. It is understandably tortuous, but they hold out. Life continues. Lauren’s life – which the book focuses on – has it’s own challenges apart from her marriage problems. Now, I don’t how realistic or common this is – to take a year off with no communication and no counseling. It seems a little far-fetched to me but it also takes place in Los Angles, so maybe it’s a thing there. I can’t imagine doing something like this, even if things are rocky in your marriage.

I won’t give away the end because that’s the whole story – do they get back together and work things out?! But overall the story has a great message about the importance of communication in a relationship and the importance of working for your marriage. It was also a very quick read and was free through Kindle unlimited (thanks 3 month trial)!


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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

The goal was to use this book to resurrect book club with some friends. But alas, nobody’s schedules match up. I’m still hoping to discuss with someone though, especially since there are book club questions at the end of the book!

This was my second by author Taylor Jenkins Reid. The first, Evidence of the Affair, was a short story so it’s difficult to compare, but I really enjoyed both. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was captivating and raw. Evelyn Hugo began her iconic movie career in the 1950s but remains more private in the present day. She selects, seemingly randomly, Monique to write her biography but is sketchy on the details. Why now? Why Monique?

She gets bits and pieces along the way but also gains a lot in the process. Negotiating a new job. All proceeds and fame from the book she will write, which will lead to more jobs and opportunities. I like to judge stories like this on how quickly I can figure out the resolution or surprise, or whether I can figure them out at all. I may have figured it out just before it was revealed but for the most part, couldn’t put my finger on exactly what the catch was. I won’t spoil it here because that’s main point of the novel. But I definitely recommend it. It was a very interesting point of view from a group in the film industry in a time that was not very accepting of anything or anyone different. Enjoy!


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Evidence of the Affair

I you have a Kindle, you can find free books on Amazon. I came across Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid and thought, ‘why not?!’. I didn’t even read the synopsis but it was free! It’s a short story so I got through it in about 4 hours total (not all at once).

It’s the late ’70s and Carrie discovers love letters written to her husband. So she decides to reach out to the husband of the woman. This short story is the letters written between them and also the husband and wife having the affair. But the innocent letters of the cheated on parties turn into more and eventually turn into meeting in person. It’s a fascinating cycle.

I won’t give away the twist at the end but I definitely recommend it, especially if you need a quick beach or pool read. Or if you’re close to meeting a reading goal for the year and need a quick page-turner! I actually audibly gasped at the end, so you know it’s good. Enjoy!