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After I Do

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  10,726 Ratings  ·  1,487 Reviews
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
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Washington Square Press
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Sarah I really liked that Lauren and Ryan's relationship was realistic. Of course, their love story is probably romanticized, but I liked that it shows the…moreI really liked that Lauren and Ryan's relationship was realistic. Of course, their love story is probably romanticized, but I liked that it shows the realism that many marriages go through. That's what really drew me in. I really liked it. (less)

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Kristin (KC)
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kristin (KC) by: Rachel Reads Ravenously

*5 Stars* for a refreshingly genuine read!

This book seems so incredibly simple, yet so profoundly important. A husband and wife who have reached a crossroads in their marriage agree to separate for a year to find out if they can make their marriage whole again.

Lauren and Ryan have reached a point in their relationship where they no longer bother telling the other what is important to them. Communication is stifled, and they become so withdrawn they begin despising the other for their own shortc
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was given a gift certificate from my daughter Ali and her boyfriend Adam to the Burkes William Spa. While driving to Santana Row in the morning, I was listening to
Taylor Jenkins Reid audiobook "After I Do". I was so close to the end ...I was sure I'd finish it before my 'fancy-dancy' spa treatment began.
But I didn't.... I had 26 minutes to go.

While Lucas was giving me a wonderful 2 hour massage including hot stones and an exfoliating skin scrub treatment ( I already have soft skin...but it w
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
6 stars!!


I am in awe of this book. This is the kind of story that makes me think, makes me feel, and stays with me long after the last page is flipped. It doesn’t just become another book on the ‘read-shelf.’ It’s in a league of its own, and no matter how much time passes, the profound impact it’s made on me won’t diminish. This is one of THOSE books: the kind that will get you out of a book rut, continue your book roll, and is filled with the most meaningful quotes you won’t be able to stop h
2 stars. Review posted July 25 2014

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From the blurb:
(…) And above all, After I Do is the story of a couple caught up in an old game—and searching for a new road to happily ever after.

With all due respect I dissent. This is the story of Lauren. It's not a story about a couple because Ryan hardly exists. He drops by sporadically (view spoiler) And what did they search for? It's all about Lauren here and Lauren there. We never get Ryan's POV
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
This is on sale only 1.99$ guys you must read it!!One of my favorite books <3 <3



"Ryan and I are two people who used to be in love.
What a beautiful thing to have been.
What a sad thing to be."

Honestly I'm speechless! Her books are fantastic, this is the third book I've read by Taylor Jenkins Reid and I keep wanting more and more. Now that I have only got one book left of this author's that I haven't read, I'm sad and I'm planning to read it later because I don't
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Jeanne by: Fran and Ami

" My heart is truly broken. And I know that even if it mends, it will look different, feel different, beat differently."

Lauren and Ryan have been together for 11 and a half years, and have reached a point in their marriage where they are questioning whether or not they still love each other, if their marriage is worth saving. They decide to take a year long break from each other with no contact whatsoever.

"Ryan and I are two people who used to be in love.
What a beautiful thing to have been.
Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
4 Solid Stars!

It's no secret I really enjoy married couple stories and this one was no different. But I couldn't give it 5 stars because for me this was more Lauren's story. I felt like it was more about Lauren finding herself and becoming a better woman. Which is ok, but I really wish Ryan was more apart of it, I actually missed him while reading it.

Also, the end came together just way too quickly. I'm not a fan of the year apart thing, I feel like as a couple you should be in each others face
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars


Lauren and Ryan meet in college, fall in love and after a couple of years are married. But what happens after the vows are said and the cake is cut? After 6 years of marriage, they find themselves extremely unhappy, and resentful. They've lost their way...

Ryan and I are two people who used to be in love.
What a beautiful thing to have been.
What a sad thing to be.

Together they decide to take a break, 1 year apart with no contact. During this separation they are free to do whatever, inc
Jennifer Kyle
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5description Stars

"Ryan and I are two people who used to be in love. What a beautiful thing to have been.
What a sad thing to be."

I truly adored this author’s writing style! This book is well worth it's high price tag because it was truly an enjoyable tale of the good, the bad and ugly of marriage.


Lauren and Ryan have been married for a little over ten years when they realize that they aren’t in love any longer and that they get on each other’s nerves and decide to take a one year break. This one year
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️ by: Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
Shelves: best-of-2014

5+++ "It hurt so good" Stars!

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This is going to be one of those annoying gif-filled reviews. I hate to do it but this book elicited such a plethora of feelings for me, this way just works better. So...

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Lauren and Ryan have been been together some eleven years...starting out as college sweethearts. They got their first apartment together, struggled financially, eventually married, got their dream home...grew apart. Each and every day, they grew apart. Neither person willing to communicate their ow
4.5 GUTTED STARS! ★★★★☆

"Ryan and I are two people who used to be in love.
What a beautiful thing to have been.
What a sad thing to be."

So I've been putting off this read for too long & after a DNF, I've decided to pick this one up from my trusted buddies rec list. Thanks Feifei & Rachel for convincing me to read this! ♥♥


After I Do tells the story of Lauren & Ryan; they've been together for eleven years and married for six. We get a glimpse of their relationship milestones in
Rachel Reads Ravenously
Jul 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Rachel Reads Ravenously by: Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
Shelves: library-checkout
"Just because you can live without someone, doesn't mean you want to."

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I love, love, loved this book!

After I Do is the story of Lauren and Ryan, who have been married for six years, and together for eleven. When they first got married, they both thought their love for each other would conquer everything. As time went by, they both began to drift apart, to the point where they've fallen out of love.

In an effort to save their marriage, Lauren and Ryan resort to the unconventional: a trial s
Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
Plain and simple, After I Do is absolutely phenomenal. It’s a touching story about marriage, and what happens long after the honeymoon phase has ended. I suspect readers who’ve never been in a committed, long-term relationship may not be as affected by the book because it’s less about falling deeply in love than it is about slowly falling out of love. However, as a woman who has been married for twenty years and known my husband for more than half of my life, the story really resonated with me. ...more
[~Ami~]♥Sexy Dexy♥
5 stars

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Lauren and Ryan have reached a time in their marriage where they forgot what it was like to be in love. And so they agreed on a year long separation.

This book gave me a lot of feels and the writing so addictive. It wasn't all serious as I found myself chuckling at parts. There was a few minor issues like I was expecting to be really emotional but that never came. Also I felt like the end was a bit rushed.

This is a stay with me forever book which is why I decided on 5 stars. I normally li
♥~♥Geri Reads ♥~♥
5+++ I Do Stars!

Me while reading this book.

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Me after reading this book.

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This book slayed me. It turned me into a blubbering mess, mmkay?

But before I tell you about my feels, just a few things about this book.

Lauren and Ryan have been together for 11 years. They met in college, fell in love and got married soon right after. They went through the same struggles most couples did early in their marriage but they were in love. So they worked, paid their bills, loved and build their lives.

But life
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Lauren and Ryan have been together for eleven years. At first they’re madly in love and you can feel the rightness of their passionate connection. But just because a relationship starts off that way doesn’t mean it will automatically stay that way, especially if you don’t work at it. It takes work to put up with someone, to remember to appreciate the things they do for you on a daily basis. Because we tend to be selfish creatures, it takes work to think about your mate’s happiness and interests ...more
Patty Belongs To Kellan~Jesse~Lautner~Miller~Jack~Racer~Rafe~Liam~Prince Nicholas~Hayes~Simon~Gianluca & Archer
*****4.5 STARS*****
(BR with Dee, Mel, and Sharon)

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Lauren and Ryan Cooper have been married for six years and have been together for eleven. They met while they both were attending UCLA.
When every relationship first starts, the newness of it all is so exciting. You get those butterflies in your stomach when you're with teach other. Kissing till your lips are both swollen and sore, is something that you look forward to.
Sex is always incredibly hot and you just can't seem to keep your hands off of
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 heartbreakingly uplifting stars

Wow, this is an amazing story. The story of a husband and wife, once blissfully happy and in love who now… aren’t.

Ryan and I are two people who used to be in love.
What a beautiful thing to have been.
What a sad thing to be.

After ten years together and six years of marriage, Lauren and Ryan find themselves unhappy and living a life full of resentment and bitterness. Somewhere along the way, they have lost their way, and in order to find their way back to each ot
Alexis *Reality Bites*
This book is rated ‘G’ for Good!
Genre: Adult Fiction-Romance
4.5 STARS out of 5

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He is next to me but not beside me. We are both in this bed, but we are not sharing it.

“We’re not in love anymore,” I say. Just the sound of it coming out of my mouth makes my skin crawl and my adrenaline run. I am shaking. Ryan stares at me for a moment, no doubt shocked , and then he pulls his hands to his face, burying his fingers in his hair. He is a handsome man. I wonder when I stopped seeing that.

In this tou
“Ryan and I are two people who used to be in love. What a beautiful thing to have been. What a sad thing to be.”
After I Do shows the delicious high of being in love. The kind of love that sparkly young eyes think will last forever as long as you just believe. Sigh. But when your partner's adorable oddities start grating on your nerves and you're feeling unappreciated and invisible and that beautiful love slowly turns to indifference, then resentment, and eventually plummets to full-out hate
Dee Montoya
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-2014
******5 Hopeful Stars*****
(BR with Mel, Sharon and Patty)

This book was God-send, I loved reading it and I know this will be the gift that keeps on giving. You know, we all interact with each other here on GR, some girls are sweet, some hate spoilers and some become the best friends you never thought you could have. When I asked my friend Feifei if I could borrow this book; because of the high price tag, we all know how expensive it can get buying our books each month. Anyways this sweet friend a
Joce (squibblesreads)
Jul 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is probably THE most incognito genius, badass book on so many levels I've ever read. It manages to not give any Fs and all the Fs at the same time like a Lifetime movie. This is a PRIME example of how characters don't need to be likeable and redeemable in the reader's eyes for a book to really hit it home because it basically says "everyone's scale of likeable/unlikeable is different and I'm never gonna please everyone so I'm just gonna do me". I know, what am I even thinking. I'm gonna pro ...more
Dec 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
4,5⭐ Una maravilla, me ha cautivado Taylor Jenkins Reid.
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
Lauren and Ryan are two people in a troubled marriage and they just plain don't like each other anymore. They try to figure out a way to save their being apart for a whole year with everything that entails. Will this keep them together or break them up for good?

The story starts with Lauren and Ryan fighting over silly things really. Then we go back in the past to where they met and fell in love and then got married. It was full of bittersweet moments.

Once we get back to the presen
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-favorites

Geez Louise! I couldn't stop crying while reading this book. I love this book so much!

"Just because you can live without someone doesn't mean you want to."

Lauren and Ryan have been married for six years, but they've been together for eleven. They met in college, fell in love and married soon after. In the beginning, their marriage seemed so strong, like they were going to last forever, but over time it began to crumble. They drifted apart from one another and s
**** 6 Stars ****

This is definitely one of the best books I've read this year. It hurt. It made me smile. It made me laugh. It made me cry. It really made me 'feel'. I almost finished it in one sitting, and I honestly don't remember the last time I lost track of time while reading a book. Most of the time, we read stories about the perfect characters falling in love, getting married and living happily ever after. The picture perfect fairy tale. Truth is, it's bullshit. Nothing is perfect, no one
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I still haven't gotten over this book. I'll probably read it again before release day and attempting to write a full review. I connected with this book on so many levels, it's hard to even wrap my head around it. Keep an eye out for this one, it's definitely a top read of 2014! 5+ stars!
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Second read: May 13, 2015. I actually cried reading this the second time - I'm realizing that it's definitely a book I turn to when I need perspective on my life and marriage. Upping my rating to 4.5 stars.

Review originally posted at Mostly YA Lit

This book was not on my radar at all until Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner) mentioned it, then I read reviews from Estelle (Rather Be Reading), Alexa (Alexa Loves Books), and Hannah (So Obsessed With) and knew that I needed to put this at the top of m
MELISSA *Mel Reader*
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5-4 I Need My Husband Stars!
(BR with Sharon, Patty & Denisse)

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Lauren Spencer is a 19 yr. old college sophomore living in LA & attending UCLA. She doesn't have many friends, but is very close to her mom & siblings. She starts seeing this gorgeous guy everywhere she turns on campus. One day they finally meet and they hit it off and begin dating.

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This perfect, sweet, beautiful guy is Ryan Cooper. They just click from the beginning and fall madly in love. They are inseparable, and bec
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After being together for almost eleven years, Ryan and Lauren reach a critical point where they're ready to give up. They resent one another, they can't stand each other and they no longer believe they're in love. After going over their options, they decide to take a year off from their marriage. And as the synopsis states; anything goes, they just can't contact or see each other during that time.

“What am I really doing wrong here? What is happening to us? I’ve read books on it. I’ve read the a
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Taylor Jenkins Reid is the author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, One True Loves, Maybe in Another Life, and two other novels. She lives in Los Angeles. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @tjenkinsreid.
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“Isn’t it nice … once you’ve outgrown the ideas of what life should be and you just enjoy what it is.” 89 likes
“Just because you can live without someone doesn’t mean you want to.” 62 likes
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