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Summary

When Lauren and Ryan's marriage reaches the breaking point, they come up with an unconventional plan. They decide to take a year off in the hopes of finding a way to fall in love again. One year apart and only one rule: They cannot contact each other. Aside from that, anything goes.

Lauren embarks on a journey of self-discovery, quickly finding that her friends and family have their own ideas about the meaning of marriage. These influences, as well as her own healing process and the challenges of living apart from Ryan, begin to change Lauren's ideas about monogamy and marriage. She starts to question: When you can have romance without loyalty and commitment without marriage, when love and lust are no longer tied together, what do you value? What are you willing to fight for?

©2014 Taylor Jenkins Reid (P)2015 Dreamscape Media, LLC

Critic reviews

"You'll laugh, weep and fly through each crazy-readable page." ( Redbook)
"The intriguing premise and well-drawn characters contribute to an emotionally uplifting and inspiring story." ( Booklist)
"As uplifting as it is brutally honest - a must-read." ( Kirkus Reviews)

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  • Divya
  • 26-09-15

Ms Reid I am floored.

A simple story told simply. .. no frills or extra fluff and yet so soulful. You know what the end is going to be and yet it keeps you glued till the very last syllable. Three cheers Ms Reid.

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  • Fosterkit50
  • 29-12-15

Interesting...

Interesting novel. Enjoyed listening, but it wasn't one that I thought about a lot afterwards or made me seek out the author for more.

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  • Caroline
  • 27-10-15

Really overrated

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Absolutely not. I enjoy chick lit, but this was like a eating a sugar-free piece of hard candy when you were promised Godiva. There's just nothing to it, and it leaves a bad taste in your mouth. I didn't like Lauren -- I mean, the character was so... blah she almost doesn't merit dislike, but whatever. Ryan: flat. Charlie: flat. Rachel: halfway inflated. I didn't like the family - it felt fake. The grandmother was an attempt at quirky characterization but it felt forced. Ugh, I just can't really articulate what a big pile of nothing good this book is.

If you enjoy witty chick lit with well-developed characters, do not waste your money here.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator sounded like a chipmunk.

Could you see After I Do being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No. There's not enough depth there to sustain a series.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 21-05-16

I wanted to like it

But it is simply too.....simple, or facile. I never felt a connection to the protagonist. I wanted to like it, but I gave up after less than an hour. Others may love it...just not for me.

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  • Amanda Hickey
  • 18-07-18

Pleasantly Surprised!

Tara Sands is one of favorite narrators. She’s perfect for chick lit and can turn normal humorous dialogue hilarious!

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  • Bob
  • 24-06-18

Reminds me of a Hallmark movie

The idea behind the story line is good, however I can’t get over the cheesy dialogue that is not real. The narrator has a bit of whiny voice and did not fit the character. Not a bad beach read

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-06-18

Good Plot, Worth the Wait

Narrator was fantastic, changes in voices were amazing. Heartfelt moments as well as some honest and true reflections. Would recommend.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-06-18

Awesome book!

This story was very good and had a lot of laugh out loud moments. I enjoyed listening. The narration was excellent. I would recommend to anyone who likes a good story line about a married couple and their extended family.

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  • Michelle Martinez
  • 24-05-18

a great take on separation

such a great story on marriage separation. loved the characters and the situation and the advice. it is a beautiful story of love and hate and love.

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  • Cookie,
  • 26-04-18

Love the book, love TJR! Don’t like Ryan.

I’m sorry, this book was amazing—except for the character Ryan. Ugh. I love it so much—as I have discovered I love ALL her books. I just couldn’t stand this guy! I guess she was going for realistic? I don’t know. From the beginning I just couldn’t like him. I swear I tried! Ha