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After I Do

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  23,826 ratings  ·  3,360 reviews
From the author of Forever, Interrupted—hailed by Sarah Jio as “moving, gorgeous, and at times heart-wrenching”—comes a breathtaking new novel about modern marriage, the depth of family ties, and the year that one remarkable heroine spends exploring both.

When Lauren and Ryan’s marriage reaches the breaking point, they come up with an unconventional plan. They decide to tak
Kindle Edition, 353 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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Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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) - Traveling Sister
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister 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 Communication is stifled, and they become so withdrawn they begin despising the other for their own shortc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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Michael David
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
***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
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Dylan
Shelves: books-ive-reread
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.
“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:
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! ...more
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.

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 know w
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Rachel Reads Ravenously
Jul 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
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
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, i
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 ye
NAT.orious reads ☾
2 STARS, if I'm generous ★★✩✩✩
This book is for you if… if you’ve been in really really long relationships (not just 3 years) and can relate to the feeling of loving but not loving your spouse.

Something you need to know before regarding my interview.
Fair warning, this review is stating opinions boldly. Altogether, I can see why people might like this, but I was at the verge of scream too many times to label this enjoyable or worthwhile.

I ended every romantic relationship I've ever been
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 the first
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 th
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
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