Reading sad books is something that you either love or hate. I am quite an emotional person but at the same time, I sometimes find myself overwhelmed. I love a book that promises to be a tearjerker and I love having a good old fashioned cry over a fantastic book. A book I knew was going to ruin my emotions once and for all was Forever Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid – and I’m glad I did.
Forever Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Carrying on with my love of Taylor Jenkins Reid, I followed my reading of After I Do with another of her popular contemporary romances. Forever Interrupted promised romance and grief intertwined into one tale and I was more than ready to get involved. Our protagonist, Elsie Porter, is just a normal girl, very much like you or me. She heads out one rainy day in New York City to buy pizza – and ends up meeting the love of her life. Ben is handsome, funny and, somehow, absolutely smitten with her. Their relationship develops quickly and they fall fast – getting married within months of their meeting. 9 days after their wedding, the unthinkable happens and Ben is hit by a truck, dying on impact. Elsie has to learn how to navigate her life without her love and learns a whole host of things as she does so.
I absolutely adored this book, but for whole different reasons from After I Do. After I Do was sad, don’t get me wrong, but Forever Interrupted explores grief that one cannot understand unless they experience it themselves. I cannot imagine life without my partner and Forever, Interrupted explores grief in a number of different ways. It explores the grief of losing a lover, from Elsie’s perspective, it explores the grief of losing a son as Elsie bonds with Ben’s mother after his passing and it explores the idea of moving on in spite of this great loss, through Elsie’s interactions with one of her favourite customers, George. The entire story is absolutely beautifully written and really allows you to connect with the characters – you feel their loss and you are able to try to understand just how traumatic the experience could be. You’re able to appreciate what you have and be grateful that the same thing hasn’t happened to you – and sometimes, this is exactly what you need to perk you back up.
Forever Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid is probably one of the best contemporary romances I’ve read – how I wish I could go back and read it all over again for the first time.