While on my journey to read 50 books this year, I recently finished book number 15. Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid. So I've written about this before, but after reading Daisy Jones and the Six, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and then Maybe Another Life, I became a Taylor Jenkins Reid stan. Since then, I have wanted to work on reading my way through all of her books, especially since they help me get to my goal of 50 books by the end of the year. Anyway, Forever, Interrupted is my most recent read of hers, and so far my least favorite of all of the books I have read by her.
Y'all this book was just sad. It made me sad from the beginning until the end. And I suppose that maybe that was the point of the story, and it has nothing to do with the writing or even the characters themselves (those things were quality) but the storyline itself was sad.
Forever, Interrupted is the story of Elsie. Elise has a whirlwind romance with a man named Ben, who gets run over and dies one late night while getting Elise fruity pebbles. The book is split into parallels in typical TJR style paralleling Elise's life as a young widow trying to bond with the mother-in-law who never knew she existed, and the love story between her and ben that ended in tragedy.
Obviously, the story of a young widow is sad in and of itself, but I feel like Elise's sadness went on for too long within the story. Just like Elise as the reader I felt stuck by an overwhelming sadness for most of the book, which while a lot just goes to show the writing ability of TJR. Like most of her older novels, I liked the commentary that TJR writes about love. In this book the message that echos from the pages it all about how love is meaningful and powerful no matter how long of a time you have it for. The second message being that love can come in many forms and from unexpected sources. I enjoyed the storyline of how the relationship between Elise and her mother-in-law blossoms into a real, authentic mother and daughter relationship.
So what didn't I like? Other than how sad it was, there wasn't much I didn't like about this book. Part of it seemed boring and a little slow, but nothing that stood out enough to make me angry. At times Elise was a very unlikeable character not because of her grief but because of the way she treats her friend Anna for finding love of her own. The selfishness was real.
Zuhri's Final Thoughts
Star Rating: 4 Stars!
Reading Scenario: A warm summer day, with a glass of wine and the sun warming your skin.
Book Club Recommendation: Yes. I think this is a good book for a book club. I think it can create a good amount of discussion about life, love, and relationships. Plus it is nice because its an easy and quick read.