Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Review: Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee

“Have you ever heard of supernovas? They shine brighter than anything else in the sky and then fade out really quickly, a short burst of extraordinary energy. I like to think you and Ben were like that . . . in that short time, you had more passion than some people have in a lifetime.”

Elsie Porter is an average twentysomething and yet what happens to her is anything but ordinary. On a rainy New Year’s Day, she heads out to pick up a pizza for one. She isn’t expecting to see anyone else in the shop, much less the adorable and charming Ben Ross. Their chemistry is instant and electric. Ben cannot even wait twenty-four hours before asking to see her again. Within weeks, the two are head over heels in love. By May, they’ve eloped.

Only nine days later, Ben is out riding his bike when he is hit by a truck and killed on impact. Elsie hears the sirens outside her apartment, but by the time she gets downstairs, he has already been whisked off to the emergency room. At the hospital, she must face Susan, the mother-in-law she has never met and who doesn’t even know Elsie exists.

Interweaving Elsie and Ben’s charmed romance with Elsie and Susan’s healing process, Forever, Interrupted will remind you that there’s more than one way to find a happy ending.

Natasha’s Experience:

“Love is love is love. When you lose it, it feels like the shittiest disaster in the world.”

Oh god, how do I begin to explain my experience with this book???? To sum it up: tears, laughter (short-lived), tears, tears, sobs, tears, smiles through tears, and finally sighing/smiling/crying. Obviously that’s not really a coherent review so I’ll try and use my words now.

Elsie Porter meets and quickly falls in love with Ben Ross, one of the most charming fictional characters I’ve met to date. Their relationship wasn’t what I would call insta-love; it was more of a gradual wow-I-really-like-you-but-it-seems-too-fast-too-soon relationship. (I’m aware that that sounds like insta-love, but trust me, it’s not!) Regardless, they meet, they date and they elope six months later because they truly are in love. They’ve grown so close in such a short amount of time that they can’t possibly see themselves being with anyone else, so why not elope?

However, everything changes the second that Ben stops breathing. He gets hit by a truck just days after marrying the love of his life. How unfair is that?? Elsie, who is on the highest high that only comes with being married to your soul mate, is now left alone in this world to deal with everything that comes after Ben. Oh my god, my heart genuinely aches just thinking about Elsie after she received the news of Ben’s death. It all felt too real, too incredibly sad, that stepping back and realizing that I was only reading words on pages seemed insane to me. How could I be crying for Elsie, experiencing real-life anguish over Ben’s death, if these characters weren’t real? Taylor Jenkins Reid, I don’t know how you do it, but you do it so well (very T-swift of me to say, am I right?).

“No matter how strong you are, no matter how smart you are or how 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.”

Elsie has to find a way to live again—to find a will to live again— because dwelling in the sadness that lingers after Ben can't be an option. There are so many beautiful secondary characters that add so much depth and realness to this story: Susan, Ben’s mother, who is entirely skeptical over Elsie’s marriage with her son; Mr. Callahan, the lovely older man who befriends Elsie and visits the library where she works regularly; and Ana, Elsie’s best friend who does a grade-A job of helping her pick up the broken pieces of her once happy life. (Reid can write one helluva best friend!)

That’s what true love is. True love is saying to someone, “Forget about us. We will be okay,” when it might not even be true, when the last thing you want is to be forgotten.”

FOREVER, INTERRUPTED gives you a strikingly real take on life after losing a loved one. I can’t ever imagine being in Elsie’s position, but I can empathize with a lot of her actions; her grieving process was a sight to behold and she was 100% entitled to it. Is it weird to say that I’m so proud of her? Even though she’s not “real”? No? Okay good, because I am beaming with pride over here. 

A+++ read. Not for the faint-hearted. Seriously, expect an emotional roller coaster with no seat belts

Links: Amazon US | Amazon CA | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | Kobo 
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1 comment:

  1. I love this author SO much, and this is the only book I haven't ready by her. I think I need to make it a priority. Wonderful review!