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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  31,081 ratings  ·  4,388 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, 334 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Washington Square Press
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Kelsey go to barnes and noble and buy it. or purchase it on amazon.
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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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Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Isn't it nice...once you've outgrown the ideas of what life should be and you just enjoy what it is?"

I love how TJR is able to weave together different elements of a story (such as flashbacks and emails) so seamlessly. This went beyond a simple "finding yourself" and "discovering love again" story as we got different character's unique perspectives on what love is. There wasn't just one definition of a "perfect" love or life, just whatever made them happy and fulfilled. She is now one of my fav
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 Communication is stifled, and they become so withdrawn they begin despising the other for their own shortc
Elyse  Walters
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
Jan 04, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In After I Do, Lauren and Ryan have been married for a few years, and they have slowly drifted apart and become resentful of each other. They agreed to take a year apart to learn about themselves and to figure out if they still want to stay together. On the surface, this is exactly the sort of book I enjoy. It's a nuanced look at relationships and how they evolve over time, through the good and the bad. Instead, this book made me so angry and incredulous I was ready to hurl my Kindle at the wall ...more
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
★★★★½/ 5
It was such a beautiful and genuine story! Usually I‘m not a very big romance fan, but this book in an exception. The story itself looks simple, but underneath it, this book brings such amazing points about relationships and life in general.

I very loved main character and how she stayed herself, but at the same time tried to change herself to become better. I really liked her inner monolog and how she dealt with everything what happened. She was very honest with herself and that was very
Farrah (on a short hiatus!)
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
4⭐ because I wanted to read something light over the weekend and this book was exactly that.

After I Do has like, ZERO conflict.
Lauren and Ryan's marital problems are SO simple - she doesn't like the way he packs his toothbrush, he doesn't share her likes for ethnic food - and they could have been fixed if either of them had thought to say 'why don't we just get 𝘵𝘸𝘰 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵 takeaway dinners?'

However, I thought the messages about love and marriage were sweet. Open communication, compassion and
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
What do you do when you realize you’re addicted to an author the second you finish their entire backlist?

Just curious.

As it turns out, I’ve been in a reading slump for the better part of three months and only tricked myself into thinking I’d gotten out of it because Taylor Jenkins Reid books feel more like that thing where you’re at a hotel or something and you alternate between the pool and the hot tub and your body is in a state of total confusion / mild trauma than they feel like reading.

Michael David
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m 3 for 3 with my love for TJR’s novels! I mean, she could write a 500 page book about Egypt, and I’d probably devour every word.

This is such a wonderful story about Lauren and Ryan, a couple that married young and no longer feel love for each other. They agree to take a break for one year and see what happens. No contact. No obligations.

While the story was told fully from Lauren’s point of view, I must say all of the characters were fleshed out. I loved each and every person, and truly enjo
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
“Just because you can live without someone doesn’t mean you want to.”
This book is incredibly emotional and moving and I absolutely loved it. This book follows Lauren and Ryan, a couple who meets in college and is together for eleven years (married for six). We see them at their best and we see them at their worst, and the couple is struggling to make their marriage work. They just don't care about each other the way they used to. This book reminded me a lot of one of my all time favorite movies:
Apr 08, 2021 rated it liked it
There's a first time for everything... With this book, TJR didn't meet my expectations! But it's still TJR, so it wasn't bad either. Reading her books is always... soothing and comforting, you know what I mean?!

I really appreciated how different perceptions of love, marriage and relationships were depicted. Each character had a different point of view about that, but it wasn't too stereotypical.

According to me, the greatest lesson of this book is about communication: Please, share your thoughts
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Dylan
Re-read 12/21/18: Aw look how cute 2017 chelsea was down there before she realized TJR would become one of her favorite authors. Not at all surprising: this book was still so fucking great.

Original read 4/18/17: I really, really, really, really, really, really liked this. I want to read everything this author has written now.
***5 stars***

This book just hit me on so many levels and it really pulled at my heartstrings in the best way. I absolutely adored it!

After I do is about a couple, Lauren and Ryan. They meet in college, fall in love and after 6 years of dating they get married. But another 5 years later, they fall out of love and separate.
They want to work things out, so they decide to take a break for a year. No texts, no emails, no contact whatsoever. Will they find their way back to each other?

I won't give a
Susanne  Strong
Jun 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Review posted on blog: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend...

A Taylor Jenkins Reid novel that I almost gave up on immediately... (I had my reasons!)

Thankfully, I kept going and it paid off!

The beginning of this novel was so Schmaltzy and Schmoopy, I honestly couldn’t take it! It was so very over the top, it made me ill. Then thankfully, it took a turn (which I knew it would) and became much more realistic, thus, I breathed a sigh of relief and continued on.

Let me explain: Lauren and Ryan are
After I read this book, I wanted to call it a hot mess, though it felt more like a bland mess in all honesty. I will start with the positives: I appreciated Taylor Jenkins Reid’s general attempt to show that relationships can take different forms and that these various types of relationships all have merit. I liked the main character’s sister, Rachel, the most. Rachel started her own bakery and did not feel pressured to have a romantic partner or a kid. Yay Rachel (I’m not being sarcastic, like ...more
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this despite it sounding like something I wouldn’t be interested in because I LOVED Evelyn Hugo & for the #TJReidalong and WOW I really enjoyed this! I’m now a lot more open to adult contemporary & definitely want to continue reading Taylor Jenkins Reid’s other books!
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
"Why do we do this?
Why do we undervalue things when we have them?
Why is it only on the verge of losing something that we see how much we need it?"

I love the characters. Yes, Taylor Jenkins Reid does that with every book she has written. I guess this will stay for the books to come as well!

Her flawed, clueless characters. It's the character development that's always so wholesome and damn satisfying to read.

The main couple/main characters we are dealing with, Lauren and Ryan, while they are sepa
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Taylor Jenkins Reid just can’t do no wrong.
I’ve been wanting to read more books that explore relationships and marriages and how people keep it together.
We get so much of the happily every after, the honeymoon phase, the good stuff with the odd miscommunication thrown in. But this story was so real and raw and it became uncomfortable to read at times.
The grittiness was appreciated. And Taylor Jenkins Reid did it so well.
myo (myonna reads)
i really enjoyed this, i love second chance romances okay!
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
In After I Do Lauren marries Ryan, her college sweetheart. Things are great — until they aren’t. After years of being together, they painfully admit they don’t feel the same way about each other that they once did, and decide to take a year apart - with no contact - to evaluate what they each truly want.

It’s understandably a challenging year for Lauren, whose POV spans the entire book. She has a lot to think about and must embrace different feelings, both good and bad: hurt, anger, longing, fre
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"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 know w
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
You know how in the beginning of a relationship, everything the other person does is just so darn cute and adorable??

But THEN, after a few years of marriage, you're baffled at their inability to pick a simple towel up off the floor? 😂 That's what this book is about.

Lauren and Ryan have been together a little over ten years, married for six, and feel like they've fallen out of love. Miserable and desperate, they decide to do a trial separation for one year.

“Ryan and I are two people who used to b
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A couple's journey from infatuation to the brink of divorce.

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.

Lauren and Ryan seemed made for each other in the beginning, but the years have taken a heavy toll on their relationship. After a decade together, the bad times are overshadowing the good and tiny hurts have accumulated to the point that the once inseparable couple can't stand to be together. In a last-ditch effor
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
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 bee
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Women's fiction at it's best.

I have a very set plan of what I'm going to read each month and it mostly revolves around what arcs I have to read and then sometimes I'm able to try and sneak in a "Michelle book" (which is a dumb name, because they all are "Michelle books", but you get my point). The last couple of months I have been sticking to my arc/new release schedule, but I had a family vacation coming up at an old house on the lake and I decided I would not only pick out some books for my hu
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 tria
chan ☆
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
uh. no.
Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog
*****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
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Taylor Jenkins Reid is the New York Times bestselling author of Malibu Rising, Daisy Jones & The Six, and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, as well as four other novels. Her newest novel, Malibu Rising, is out now. She lives in Los Angeles. You can follow her on Instagram @tjenkinsreid. ...more

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