Lauren and Ryan were college sweethearts who fell in love and got married. Then their marriage started to fall apart and neither of them seemed to know why, what they did know was this – they could not stand being around each other anymore. So with this new revelation they decide to take a break – separate for one year, no contact for any reason and see where the relationship goes after the year is over. I think this book will be very relatable to many couples out there. This happens more often in long term relationships than we would all care to admit. Both of them were going through the motions, never really being honest with each other and themselves about the little things that can get to us over time. That is not to say that bickering over every little thing is the answer either – there is always compromise. This book is very real, very honest and there is a lot of insight into being an adult, friend, daughter, etc. and very sage advice from Lauren’s grandmother, which was one of my favorite characters – so much wisdom to be found in older women if we just take the time to listen.
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Taylor Jenkins Reid is an author and essayist from Acton, Massachusetts. Her first novel, Forever, Interrupted, was named one of the “11 Debuts We Love” by Kirkus Reviews. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Alex, and their dog, Rabbit. You can follow her on Twitter @tjenkinsreid.
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