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Forever, Interrupted

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  9,961 ratings  ·  1,385 reviews
This heartrending debut novel weaves a beautiful love story with an homage to the redemptive power of female friendship.Elsie and Ben are average twenty-somethings, but this is not your average love story. It begins bright and promising: the newlywed couple is head over heels in love, having eloped six months after they met. But it all shatters in an instant; Ben out ridin ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 24th 2015 by SIMON & SCHUSTER (first published July 9th 2013)
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Katie Dyett I loved it. I laughed and cried (happy tears and sad tears).
Betty Yes. Ben dies in the first chapter. The rest of the book is flashbacks and how to move forward after you lose the love of your life.
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Aestas Book Blog
Sep 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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::: 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
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
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.”


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 didn’t tell hi
Elyse Walters
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 - w
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 h
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.
chan ☆
"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 dead
Tam_ the_ med_bookie
I deliberately took lots of time to read this one because I don't want to rush through it. Reading about grief is painful and real. But helpful.
I dont want this book to end yet at the same time I just want to get over with it.
Feeling alive.

I totally loved reading this one.
As always as is with her books, you get to know the characters like they are real people and you accept them for who they are no matter how flawed they are just like you accept some people as your friends and family just like
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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!
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.
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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
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
Nicole ❤
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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, imagine
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
Katie Ziegler (Life Between Words)
I've wanted to read TJR for a long time now, and lo and behold I finally have. This was her first book, and most people's least favorite. But I found it compelling and heartbreaking and vivid. Not perfect, or revolutionary by any means, but deeply moving with strong characters. And it explored grief in a believable, true way. I was impressed.
May 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunetely, this book wasn't really for me.
The plot did seem interesting and I've heard lot of good things about the author, so I was eager to read something first hand. But, I was left a bit disappointed.
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Cassie Stever
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, even with her debut Taylor Jenkins Reid was a writing queen back then, but she just eventually graduated from queen to goddess with her later books.

I’m so glad I’m going through her backlist and started with the first novel she wrote. It was brilliant and so heartbreaking while also being heartwarming at the same time.

Elsie and Ben’s relationship went fast, but it was the best way to be in a relationship for them. It just worked, you know? They were the best part of each other and no mat
Megha Patel
May 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I’ve heard so much praise about Taylor Jenkins books but this was a huge disappointment. I did like the writing style and the plot of the book but what made it unbearable is the characters.

It’s not about the book or the story. Trust me, I loved the plot and did really enjoyed the writing. What just bothered me so much is Elsie. She is immature and annoying and selfish. And all those thoughts come from pretty much the end when she reacts a certain way when her and Ben were going to Vegas. And th
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**3.75 Uniquely & Heartwhelming Stars**

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Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid,
is a beautiful story about love and loss, how one person can endure so much heartache that ultimately becomes suffocating.

This beautiful realistic depiction of what one endures when encountered with such a traumatic loss fills your heart with such a heaviness that one cannot even start to comprehend.

Forever, Interrupted fluctuates between past and present to give its reader a better understanding of Elsie an
Laurence R.
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
 Megan • Reading Books Like a Boss (book blog)

This book was a beautiful. Forever, Interrupted is a heartwrenching story of love lost too soon but it's more than that. It's story about new beginnings, of finding your way when everything seems bleak. I loved this book from the tragic introduction through the hopeful ending.

The blurb on the cover says this book is "not your average love story" and that couldn't be more true. Usually in romance books,  two people meet each other, fall in love, and live happily ever after. In Forever, Interrupt
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-favorites
I am officially hooked on Taylor Jenkins Reid and how her writing pulls me in and consumes me until I turn the last page.

Elsie Porter and Ben Ross fall in love and elope within six months. They spend just over a week head over heels in love and celebrating their new life before Ben is hit and killed on his way to the store. Just like that their new life is over and Elsie is left to pick up the pieces.

She meets Susan Ross (Ben’s Mother) the night of his death and is the first to inform her of t
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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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