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The Intermission

3.21  ·  Rating details ·  1,444 ratings  ·  341 reviews
Have you ever had a secret so gut-wrenching you couldn't share it with anyone, not even the person who shares your bed? Told from the alternating perspectives of a husband and wife who both have something to hide, this incisive novel pulls back the curtain on a seemingly-happy marriage, posing the question: how much do we really know--and how much should we want to know--a ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 3rd 2018 by Berkley Books
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Theresa Alan
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This novel, about a couple who has been married for five years, together for six, is not plot driven. When Cass and Jonathon decide to take a time out from each other before they have kids, both have been thinking about the good and bad parts of their marriage. The prospect of bringing a kid into the world brings the problem aspects into a new light.

Both of them have secrets from each other that they are ashamed of, but the secrets don’t strike me as the kind of thing they couldn’t talk through
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2018

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3.5 Stars

Cass and Jonathan Coyne have been married for six years. They have always been confident in their love for each other.

But lately, Cass finds herself wondering what it would be like to be single. She's also been feeling anxious and has been having a lot of trouble sleeping. Is it a coincidence that this all started after she quit her job so they could start trying to have a baby? Having children is her opportunity to
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley, 2018
4 A Marriage Interrupted Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

intermission: an interval between two parts of an event ie a marriage...

Cass and Jonathan have been married for six years... from the outside they appear to be the couple who have everything... great jobs, a beautiful apartment, disposable income.... but, both Cass and Jonathan have secrets and doubts... so, before they start trying to have kids Cass decides they need a break... an intermission.... A six-month timeperiod Where they can figure out if they are h
Elyse  Walters
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
“What three things do you want most out of life? You know, for us? Jonathan asked Cass after they had been engaged for six hours.

Shall we evaluate Cass’s answers? And Jonathan’s response?
If ‘you’re’ married ....what might ‘your’ answers have been (at that time in your life when you were young - freshly in love - yet also clear you were a whole complete independent individual person?)

Here is how Cass answered those questions?
“One: I want to be with you forever”.
“Two: Beautiful babies.Two or th
Chelsea Humphrey
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was ok

Won via Goodreads Giveaway!
Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

The first thing I need to say is this book made me appreciate my marriage SO much more. I'm super glad that my marriage is 100% honest, real and there aren't any big secrets being withheld.

Cass and Jonathan have been married for 5 years. They are young and living the New York dream. He's successful and she works for her dream boss - someone who she sees as a big brother. Then tragedy strikes when Cass's boss Percy gets sick. Cass decides to leave her company and since accordingly to th
Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Barely 3 stars.

Meh! I started off quite liking The Intermission. But I quickly found myself scratching my head. Cass and Jonathan have been married for five years. They live in New York, are both having work troubles and wondering whether it’s time to have a baby. Then Cass panics and decides it’s time to have a relationship “intermission”. She moves to Los Angeles and he stays in New York. They meet every few weeks as they trade their dog back and forth. The story is told from their alternating
Emer (A Little Haze)
'The Intermission' was a fantastic page turning read that I gobbled up over the course of one hot, languid day. It's an utterly compelling read that throws back the curtains on the details of a marriage that from the outside looks perfect. The story is told from the alternating perspectives of the wife Cas and her husband Jonathan and this format really helps to get the reader inside the heads of these characters and to unmask all the secrets that they have been hiding from each other.

After a f
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Intermission is women’s fiction and a genre I like to sit back, relax, and get lost in some else’s drama.

Jonathan and Cass have been married for five years and while their marriage started off with a bang, it has slipped off to the predictable and interest seems to be waning. Cass has an idea that they wouldn’t separate per se, but have a six month intermission. Jonathan is in New York while Cass will be staying with a friend in Los Angeles. The only contact will be a monthly hand off of th
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Intermission is a story about Cass and Jonathan, a couple living in NYC who has been married for 6 years. Cass questions their happiness and if they’re really still meant to be together. She announces that she wants a break for 6 months to test things out. She moves to LA during this break and the couple meets approximately once a month in the airport to exchange custody of their dog. Old and new flames resurface, work related issues come up for both Jonathan and Cass, and each character tak ...more
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Sarah Joint
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it
An interesting premise that suffered from some unlikable protagonists. I started liking them just fine, but towards the middle of the book I could barely stand them. Sometimes that can be fun to read, but in this instance it stopped me from caring about what happened to them and if they resolved their issues. Didn't completely work. I think my favorite character was Puddles the dog, and he could have been mentioned more. He was mostly a simple plot device to keep them in contact, thanks to their ...more
Fiona Davis
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Friedland has an incredibly strong and unique voice and the story rocked - it was real, gritty, (and at times, hilarious) and so relatable. Beautifully done. I'm recommending it to all my friends.
Cian O hAnnrachainn
May 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: given-up
Note to Penguin Random House, supplier of the review copy provided:

All this talk of diversity in books, yet where is the diversity in setting? Must every work of women's fiction be set in New York City? Can we have stories about people who aren't jaded, entitled and whingeing over trivialities?

I slogged through one-third of THE INTERMISSION before I realized I was wasting valuable reading time on something not worth the investment. Again, yes again, the acquisitions editors at Penguin Random Hou
Lorri Steinbacher
Dec 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Well-paced narrative filled with secrets and heightened drama, but with little to no serious consequences, whichever way the drama is resolved. I have a hard time with entitled couples (he because he was born rich, she because she thinks the world owes her something because she is beautiful and had a hard childhood) who are disappointed when their fairytale marriage turns out to be just like any other marriage--sometimes work, sometimes dull, sometimes unfulfilling.

Would make a good beach read
Basic B's Guide
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up to 4 for Goodreads

Thank you Berkley Publishing for the free copy. All opinions are my own.

When’s the last time your spouse did something to annoy you? That’s a loaded question, right?! Living with anyone is full of compromise and letting the small stuff go. Do I love that my husband falls asleep at the snap of a finger and snores all night long? Heck no! Do I love that he is fiercely loyal and always helps me see the bigger picture? Hell yes! Marriage is hard. “Life wasn’t about c
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
These two idiots, with more baggage than someone their ages should have, should never reconcile and Puddles the pup needs new owners!

Every once in a while I like to read different genres and let's be honest, I was super curious about the pup on the cover, do I decided to give "The Intermission" a chance. Cass and Jonathon have been married 5 years. They live in NY and to be honest, come across as a very posh, upscale couple. However, neither have been quite honest with each other. So one day, wh
Jamie Rosenblit
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
The Intermission was such a unique story for me - first, the characters were close in age to me and living in New York City and dining at some of my own choice restaurants and frequenting similar places - immediately I was drawn in by my ability to relate! It seems marriage "breaks" have been somewhat of a theme as of late, a la - The Arrangement, The Ever After - but what set this one aside from the others for me was that this was a child free couple - they didn't feel bogged down by life and o ...more
Nov 10, 2018 added it
Shelves: fiction
First, I liked it. (The style. The narration. The topic)
Then, not so much.
Then, I couldn’t stand the wife.
Then, I called it a day. DNF

I could have tried harder, but it was a case of better books calling to me.
Jul 19, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hated-it
I don’t think I’ve read a book with two more unlikeable characters in a very long time. This book was almost unreadable.
I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for a fair & honest review.

Cass & Jonathan, married 5 years & they seem to have it all....or do they?

Cass proposes a break in the marriage, an "intermission". Jonathan doesn't see it coming....But, we find neither has been open & honest with each other.

Through back & forth chapters we find out a lot about both of them-secrets, lies, etc.

These are 2 very unlikable people, but, the book is well written & keeps you interested in these people & you
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-for-review
I appreciated the portrait of marriage with a unique twist but also felt it was truly realistic of what couples realize several years after the wedding. The concept of an “intermission” makes sense. My issue with this particular story was I didn’t like either of the main characters. I wasn’t rooting for either. They were both flawed, which I realized moved the plot along, but given that I didn’t care enough to see what happened, it made the book move at a slower pace for me. My thanks to the pub ...more
Kathryn in FL
Elyssa Friedland delivers an amazing work using humor to address a very serious subject - Marriage and Divorce! Cass asks/tells Jonathan, her husband of five years for an intermission (rather than a separation) on the day they had planned as their first attempt at baby making. Jonathan never sees it coming and believes that they have the best marriage around, it seems that everyone even Cass agrees! As Cass exits their luxury apartment, she explains that 'they really don't know each other'. She ...more
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3.5 stars

When I first read the summary for The Intermission I was very intrigued by the question of how much we truly know (and should want to know) about our spouse. Many times while reading this novel, I reflected on my own marriage - the highs, the lows, and the minutiae that sometimes feels so significant. I'll be honest, I had a love/hate relationship with this book. I felt the author portrayed the nuances of marriage very well and I could imagine these issues of complacency, fulfillment, a
Lisa Aiello
Oct 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: womens-fiction
This book took me forever to get through. Not because the writing wasn't good or the story itself was lacking, but it was the particularly unlikable characters of Cass and her husband Jon. They both seemed a bit vapid and shallow to me. Cass and Jon have been together for six years, married for five, and are contemplating having a child. And it doesn't seem like they've ever really been open and honest or communicative on any level of great depth. Cass is with Jon because he represents security ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher –
Have you ever had a secret so gut-wrenching you couldn't share it with anyone, not even the person who shares your bed? Told from the alternating perspectives of a husband and wife who both have something to hide, this incisive novel pulls back the curtain on a seemingly-happy marriage, posing the question: how much do we really know--and how much should we want to know--ab
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reminiscent of Forever is the Worst Long Time by Camille Pagan this book came to me a perfect time. I had been reading a lot of thrillers and needed a genre switch. This book was a delight! Cass and Jonathan appear to have a prefect marriage or at the very least they don't seem to have any real problems, but one day Cass tells Jonathan she needs a break from the marriage,an intermission, to be apart and re-evaluate after six months. Jonathan is thrown for a loop, but lets Cass go. How well do we ...more
Lori Boyd
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it
3 1/5 stars for this quick read. After 5 years of marriage Cass asks for an ‘Intermission’ from Her marriage to Jonathan. Marriage is hard, but these 2 seem so not ready for it. Secrets before going in and secrets in the marriage. I really could not relate to either and couldn’t root for either. But, it’s a fast paced read, great for beach, or snowy winter day.

I received an ARC from Greats Thoughts Reading Ninja Team. All opinions are my own.
Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Kathleen Carter Communications and PenguinRandom House for a free copy of this book for an honest review. This story is told by both Jonathan and Cass who have been married six years. They both have secrets and now after a few years of marriage things they once liked about each other are beginning to annoy them. Cass blindsides Jonathan when she tells him she wants to take a break in the marriage or an intermission as she calls it. They are to basically have no contact other than sw ...more
Tiff (fictionaltiff)
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Intermission presents a topic that is oftentimes looked down upon, if talked about at all: Separation. Elyssa Friedland plays out all of the different parts well and the story is intriguing, forcing the reader to ask questions that make people uncomfortable. Can a marriage recover from separation? Can buried secrets resurfaced mend a marriage rather than destroy it?
While this couple’s relationship was frustrating to read about, it was entertaining and full of wit and sincerity, which I could
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