Forever, Interrupted

- Taylor Jenkins Reid


“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.



“Have you decided if you’re going to change your name?” Ben asks me. He is sitting on the opposite end of the couch, rubbing my feet. He looks so cute. How did I end up with someone so goddamn cute?


DNF @ 40%
I gave this more than a fair shot. I wanted to give up when:
-the meet-cute was definitely more irritating than cute
-the first date conversations were stilted and uncomfortable and had zero chemistry. (Also, sorry, an adventure is not driving hours to eat tacos and then hours again to eat gelato. You can’t tell me there were not more conveniently located locations in LA.)
-Elsie was so proud of herself for not sleeping with Ben when she wanted to
-the game playing and withholding the truth out of fear of appearing too interested started within the first 48 hours of meeting each other
-this awkward couple described their lack of chemistry as a ‘supernova’ because it’s so intense

But I finally had to give up when irrational jealousy and juvenile behaviour were described as attractive qualities that prove their love for each other.

The present-day portions weren’t much better than the inane love story, but at least Elsie’s lack of personality could be described away by grief and guilt. This was the most typical romance being sold as a great love story, and I’m not buying it.

As my second TJR book, it’s a serious disappointment after The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, and I’m a little hesitant to try another one…I’m not making another CoHo mistake, though – I’ve committed to DNFing rather than plodding through the nonsense.



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