Book Review: Forever Interrupted By Taylor Jenkins Reid


This heartrending debut novel weaves a beautiful love story with anhomage 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 riding his bike, is hit by a truck—and dies on impact.

Elsie hears the sirens outside her apartment, but by the time she gets downstairs, his body has already been taken to the hospital. When she arrives, Elsie is greeted by an unexpected visitor—her mother-in-law, Susan, whom she has never met and who doesn’t even know she exists.

Both are seared with grief; Susan is still mourning the death of her own husband several years earlier, and the loss of her only son is almost too much to bear. The two women immediately sour on one another, fighting over what to do with Ben’s belongings and how to fulfill his wishes. But as time goes by, Susan and Elsie both realize that despite the terrible accident that brought them together, they are now the only family they have left.

Interweaving Elsie and Ben’s charmed romance with Elsie and Susan’s healing process, Forever, Interrupted will make you laugh, make you cry, and remind you that there’s more than one way to live happily ever after.


Another wonderful read by this author.

Elsie Porter is experiencing great loss when her newly husband of 9 days passes away accidentally. When first meeting her mother-in-law things didn’t go so smoothly. By the end they are completely different.

I really enjoyed watching their relationship grow and seeing how her best friend was there for her day and night despite her moods. Her mother-in-law in my head appears to behave young (BEST WAY IMO! Not an old bat) the fact they had cute girly days when Elsie’s own mother was basically a robot so it was great character and friendship development to see.

We seen Elsie at her worst and alongside that we are seeing how she met Ben in the first place in every other chapter. She longs for the past but at the same time she eventually does grow.
I really appreciated the ending ended on a content mood that she is growing again slowly.

Overall, the message of this read is; happiness comes in various forms. And, it is up to us to take it.

4/5 Stars

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