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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  15,256 ratings  ·  2,118 reviews
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.

Elsie Porter is an average twentysomething and yet what happens to her is anything but ordi
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Paperback, 1st Edition, 321 pages
Published July 9th 2013 by Washington Square Press
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Katie Dyett I loved it. I laughed and cried (happy tears and sad tears).
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emma
This book has already caused me irrevocable damage.

Confession time: I am someone who orders an indefensible amount of pizza.

My roommate and I just moved into our new apartment last month, and already we have had to desperately attempt to limit ourselves to two orders per week. We eat pizza for approximately five meals every seven-day period. (Dinner, breakfast, and second dinner, most frequently.)

I hate to sound like a quirky girl on Tumblr circa 2014, but pizza is a big part of my life.

And now,
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Larry H
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

Taylor Jenkins Reid does it again—she weaves a beautiful story and tears my heart out in the process!

"Things happen in your life that you can’t possibly imagine. But time goes on and time changes you and the times change and the next thing you know, you’re smack in the middle of a life you never saw coming."

When Elsie meets Ben at a pizza place one night she has no idea how significantly her life will change. The two are attracted to each other instantly but their connection goes far b
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Aestas Book Blog
Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
::: FULL REVIEW NOW POSTED ::: 4.5 stars :::


*wipes tears* Woah, this book really just hits you right in the feels. My heart feels like it's just been run over. Truthfully, I've had this book sitting on Kindle for over a year while I worked up the courage to read it. But recently I read another (unrelated) book by this author Maybe In Another Life and really fell in love with her writing style so I decided to make this my next "emotional" read. As it turned out, earlier today I was in the mood
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Michael David
Nov 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Hey TJR,

It’s me.

I’ve been flooding Goodreads with your books this past year...ever since I read DAISY JONES AND THE SIX...and have unconsciously read your whole collection backwards.

In this one, you write about Elsie and Ben. They meet at a pizza place, fall in love almost instantly, and get married in less than 6 months. Right after the wedding, Ben gets hit by a truck and dies. Elsie never met her mother-in-law, Susan. Ben’s mom wasn’t at the wedding, and didn’t know Ben got married.

I loved
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Warda
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-fell-in-love
Taylor Jenkins Reid is the one.

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A long-ass, decades overdue buddy-read happening with Sara! 😍

Taylor Jenkins Reid, rip my heart out. ✌🏾
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Brandice
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Elsie Porter experiences great loss when her Forever is interrupted just 9 days after marrying Ben, the love of her life. She meets her mother-in-law, Susan, at the hospital for the first time following Ben’s death. Susan’s reception toward Elsie is far from pleasant.

Forever, Interrupted is Elsie’s story of grief, now a widow at 26 years old. The book features several chapters of earlier times, giving context and background to Elsie and Ben’s relationship. While their marriage, and even their w
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Rachel Reads Ravenously
4.5 stars

“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.”

This book completely wrecked me, in a good way. I won't say this often but boy I was I glad I was single when I read this, because if I had been married, I feel like it would have been even tougher. But this book is so worth reading, like all of TJR's books, it's different from the typical chick lit/romance
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Elyse  Walters
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Audiobook: Narrated by Tara Sands

This was Taylor Jenkins Reid’s debut novel..... not her strongest .... but that’s great news in my opinion. I still enjoyed it! All the human qualities I enjoy in Reid’s books were right there. Her talent for natural conversational dialogue makes for easy engaging audio listening.
Having read most of her other novels - I can vouch for TJR’s ongoing sophistication and bigger hit wonders!

I’m definitely in the thrones of beginning stages of recovery from surgery -
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Jennifer Kyle
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 ~ 4.5 Stars

”…those nine days, those six months, they are a part of your life now, a part of you they may not have been enough for you but they were enough to change you.”

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Wow this story packed a powerful punch as the author takes the reader from present as Elsie looses her husband Ben and the past as they meet and fall in love all in the matter of six months. Elsie and Ben have been married a total of nine days when she looses the love of her life. To make matters difficult Ben
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April (Aprilius Maximus)
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
brb, crying for all eternity
Trina (Between Chapters)
Hello, 911? I'm having a feels-attack.

This was extraordinarily difficult for me to read. The book opens with the death of the main character's husband in a way that preyed on my personal fears. (I didn't know what this was about before starting, I was just picking up anything I could get by TJR.) I got about 20 minutes into the audiobook and was just sobbing and became really fearful and had to take a few days break. But that small portion stayed with me and I came back to it needing to know the
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KAS
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
IT'S OFFICIAL! I AM A TOTAL TJR FANGIRL!!!

This author Blows. Me. Away. Every. Time.

Do you ever yearn to read a romance where the relationships are messy and complicated, never of the nice and tidy variety? Do you yearn to FEEL all the emotions, both joyful and painful, which a complex relationship can evoke? That is exactly what you are guaranteed when reading a Taylor Jenkins Reid novel. Exposed are the inevitable curve balls thrown around those rosy corners of life. Exposed are the highest hig
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chan ☆
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
"what's the rush, honey? we have all the time in the world.

cue the tears, a bitch is emotional... ok just sort of.

this book was about a woman's whose husband passed away after a whirl wind romance. so quick, in fact, that the woman's mother in law doesn't even know her son was married. the story pretty much follows the MIL and widow as they grieve together.

if it sounds boring, that's cause it kind of was. it was told thru the past and the present. we get the widow falling in love with her de
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Lucie
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Elsie and Ben have been married just nine days when a tragic accident shatters their love story....

This book deals with the aftermath of life kicking you hard and unexpectedly right in the gut. It's about pain and profound loss, the loss of a spouse, the loss of a future you envisioned. It also delves into the complexities of family dynamics, as the surviving spouse is now meeting (for the first time) the family of the spouse who passed away. Are they even really in-laws? Elsie and Ben were only
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Gabby
It fucking kills me to say this, but I wasn't a fan of this book. I consider Taylor Jenkins Reid one of my favorite authors of all time, so I am completely shocked that I didn't like this book. This book follows a twenty-six year old named Elsie who marries Ben after only knowing him for six months. Nine days after Elsie and Ben are married, Ben is killed in an accident. The book follows Elsie after Ben's death as she mourns her husband and in alternating chapters we see how she met Ben and fell ...more
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
DNF at 44%

I guess I'm not in the mood for an emotional read right now. The past/present scenes are giving me whiplash and the writing is very immature - full of short, telegraphic sentences. It's a little hard to believe that this is the author who wrote one of my all time favorites After I Do.
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Jennifer
★★★★½
Forever, Interrupted is a standalone, women’s fiction novel written by the fabulous Taylor Jenkins Reid. It addresses grief and loss, but also discusses how complex family dynamics can be. It explores if loss is the same whether you knew a person for three months or three decades, and it shows how people grieve and heal in very different ways. I so enjoyed Forever, Interrupted and found it to be a very moving novel about surviving death and how even in the depths of sadness, tenderness and
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Erin
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Audiobook narrated by Tara Sands 8h 45 minutes 41 seconds

I am a bit in mourning because now I've read everything that TJR has written (six novels and a short story) and now I must wait until her next release. To my fellow reading buddies, I envy all of you just starting her back catalogue.

The debut novel of Reid's was definitely one of the most heart wrenching tales I've read recently. Actually who am I kidding? TJR consistently ties my hear up in knots more skillfully than a sailo
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
I think this is my least favorite of TJR’s books that I’ve read, but I still completely adored it. I even cried a few times. What a story.
Nina
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
This was a very enjoyable read!
“Forever, Interrupted” is such a sad story but at the same time, the parts about how Elsie and Ben met and got to know each other made me smile so much. It was a great book! And I’m also officially in love with Taylor Jenkins Reid’s writing style now and can’t wait to read the rest of her books!
Lily Herman
May 31, 2020 rated it liked it
As much as I love Taylor Jenkins Reid's work as a whole, I think Forever, Interrupted was the only slight miss for me.

I've read every TJR book except for Daisy Jones and the Six at this point, so it was really fascinating to finally pick up her debut novel and the book that started it all. I can actually see the threads of how the male love interests in her other early novels (After I Do, One True Loves, and Maybe in Another Life) were slightly more evolved versions of Ben Ross.

I think there jus
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Jillian
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
this made my heart ache and while this story is not anything new, it's still moved me so deeply. i really like stories about grief, and how people can go on living life after tragic, unexpected loss. i can't wait to read the rest of reid's books.
Kels
Once again, Taylor Reid has manage to steal my heart with her words, and trap it within the pages of her book. Forever Interrupted is both searingly heartbreaking and heartwarming, devastating and delightfully beautiful, and oh so hard to put down. Reid’s prose is simply convincing. It’s honest, unassuming, and raw. This novel is one the most emotionally captivating books I’ve read in a long while.

The characters are so flawed, and yet so hard not to fall in love with. (That’s a gold medal feat a
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Emma
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it
2.75 stars

Full review here

This book was just okay which doesn't mean it was bad, it just wasn't the book that blew me away and also it didn't interest me as much as I was hoping it would. I think that at first Ben and Elsie didn't have a lot of chemistry, I felt like the author was trying to sell us something that wasn't truly there. Then thankfully things got better between the two.
I liked the relationship Elsie built with Susan, it was nice reading about it.
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NILTON TEIXEIRA
Rounded down to 3 stars.
This is my third book by this author, who stole my heart with “Daisy Jones & The Six” and with “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo”, and for that I had big expectations (I even bought two others books, still unopened).
I don’t particularly care for romances, but, as the cover of the book announces, this is “not your average love story”.
If you are looking for the meaning of life then this is not for you.
I absolutely loved the first part of the book (there is a scene with the
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Marilyn
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Okay. I agreed to review this book for all the wrong reasons. And once I got it, I became scared of it. Scared to read it. But to review it, and not tell you a bit of myself, you may not get my views, and you wouldn't be able to understand the review. So here it goes.

When I was approached to read, and review this book, I was in a hard time myself. I had been married less than a year (granted, not the NINE days of the character in the book, Elise), and we were undergoing testing, on my husband, f
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Marie
This review was originally posted on my blog, Ramblings of a Daydreamer. You can find it, and many more reviews at the blog.

4.5 stars

I'll be honest: I was really wary when Simon and Schuster Canada contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in reading and reviewing Forever, Interrupted. In fact, I almost declined. I’m so, so glad I didn’t. Forever, Interrupted was not at all what I was expecting. I expected it to be really emotional and maybe even difficult to read, and while it was those thing
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Yna the Mood Reader
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Things happen in your life that you can’t possibly imagine. But time goes on and time changes you and the times change and the next thing you know, you’re smack in the middle of a life you never saw coming.”
Hello to my first Taylor Jenkins Reid book! This author is someone whose name and written works pop throughout my GR feed. Curious little me checked out her works and picked this one first.

What a surprise. And what an emotional ride this one was. As one who hates reading blurbs,
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hahhah this broke me thanks mam
Bonnie
A copy of Forever, Interrupted was provided to me by Washington Square Press for review purposes.

'When you love someone so much that you've stuck around through all the interesting things that have happened to them and you have nothing left to say, when you know the course of their day before they even tell you, when you lie next to them and hold their hand even though they haven't said one interesting thing in days, that's a love I want. It's the love I was on target for.'

Elsie and Ben: madly i
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