By Taylor Jenkins Reid
From the writer of perpetually, Interrupted—hailed by way of Sarah Jio as “moving, wonderful, and every now and then heart-wrenching”—comes a wide ranging new novel approximately glossy marriage, the intensity of kinfolk ties, and the yr that one outstanding heroine spends exploring both.
When Lauren and Ryan’s marriage reaches the brink, they arrive up with an unconventional plan. They choose to take a 12 months off within the hopes of discovering how to fall in love back. three hundred and sixty five days aside, and just one rule: they can't touch one another. other than that, something goes.
Lauren embarks on a trip of self-discovery, speedy discovering that her family and friends have their very own principles concerning the which means of marriage. those impacts, in addition to her personal therapeutic technique and the demanding situations of residing except Ryan, start to switch Lauren’s rules approximately monogamy and marriage. She starts off to question: in the event you may have romance with no loyalty and dedication with no marriage, while love and lust are not any longer tied jointly, what do you worth? What are you keen to struggle for?
This is a love tale approximately what occurs whilst the affection fades. It’s approximately staying in love, seizing love, abandoning love, and committing to like with every little thing you’ve obtained. And specially, After I Do is the tale of a pair stuck up in an outdated game—and trying to find a brand new street to fortunately ever after.
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Well, we’ll figure it out! How hard could it be? ” “OK, you’re on, sweetheart,” he said. But he never got a chance. I flagged down the first car that came down the road, and they let us use their jack. They even taught us what to do and helped us get the donut on. We were back on the road in no time, no trace of anger or frustration. I buried my head in his shoulder, my back bent awkwardly over the center console. I just wanted to be near him, touching him. It didn’t matter if it wasn’t comfortable.
I knew he didn’t. I shouldn’t have asked. “No,” he said. “I don’t. ” “Well, shit,” I said, the polite cushion around my voice fading and exposing my irritation. ” he said. ” “Yeah, OK, so what do we do? We’re on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere. ” “I don’t know, OK? I don’t know what we’re gonna do. I think there is a spare tire in the trunk,” he said, walking back there to confirm it. “Yeah,” he said as he lifted the bottom out. ” “You could think of something, too, you know,” he said to me.
I teased him. He was silent. He was freakishly good at remaining perfectly still. His chest didn’t even rise and fall with his breath. I got on the floor next to him and playfully poked at him. “Looks like he’s really dead,” I said out loud. ” I sighed. ” That’s when he grabbed me and pulled me toward him, burying his fingers into my armpits, making me laugh and scream. ” he said, when he was done tickling me. ” “I told you,” I said, standing up and smiling at him. ” I threw the clothes that were in my hand back into their box and started walking into the hallway to get my shoes.