Sunday, November 10, 2013

Book Review: Forever, Interrupted

Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Title: Forever, Interrupted
Pubisher: Washington Square Press
Publish Date: July 9, 2013
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided By: Net Galley
Book Blurb: 
“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.

Review: This book should come with a disclaimer, if you don't believe in love at first sight and you hate books that will ultimately depress you, proceed with caution.

I knew this wasn't going to be a shiny happy book, but lordy Elsie's lack of coping skills were enough to make me punch her...oh wait, that's something she did when a guy asked her to go for coffee shortly after her husband's death.

For me there is so much that drove me absolutely insane about this book. It left me feeling much like I did while reading One Day by David Nicholls. Though the books are very different the feelings I had about the characters was very much the same.

I didn't like them.

Nope...I didn't like any of them.

Elsie is wishy washy, and when it comes to coping...she really doesn't even try.

Ben...first of all, who rides their bike to go get a box of Fruity Pebbles? Actually who goes to the store just to buy a box of cereal? And while I'm being annoyed by is he even real! His relationship with Elsie goes beyond the typical "love at first sight thing." Oh and you date someone for six months and then marry them, but you don't introduce them, or even mention them to your mother? WTF!

Then there's Elsie's parents..they are just unbelievably self-absorbed. When she calls to tell them about her husband or as they believe, her boyfriend's death, they were so callous.

Then there's Elsie's friend Ana. I liked her more after Ben's death than before.

The only character that I could remotely like was Ben's mother, Susan, but even she starts out bitchy and then comes to terms with what her son did, and decided to hang onto Elsie, because she's now family.

It is a terribly emotional read. I found myself putting the book down, because I needed a break from all the "feels" that this story brings with it.

The only feel good moment in the book is at the end when Elsie finally pulls it together and does a wonderful thing for the library she works at. I have to admit, I loved some of the bookish discussions she has with Ben. One of the cute quirks about Ben is prevalent in the thing she does with the insurance money.

It wasn't a bad book, but it wasn't a book that made me go wow! What it did do, was leave me emotionally drained.

Rating: 3 flowers


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