Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publisher by: Washington Square Press
Published on: July 9, 2013
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Romance, Romance
“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.
“No matter how strong you are, no matter how smart you are or 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.”
Forever, Interrupted came highly recommended by Megan at Reading Books Like A Boss and I am absolutely glad that I read it. Forever, Interrupted is one of those stories that make you slowly fall in love with it. It was beautiful, heartfelt, and poignant. Honestly this book broke my heart and slowly pieced it back together.
The story centers on Ben Ross and Elsie Porter. They are madly in love with each other and have been newlyweds for only nine days. Six months ago they met and fell in love in a quick but intense romance. When Ben goes out to run an errand for Elsie, the unthinkable happens and Ben is killed in an biking accident.
“Those nine days, those six months, they are a part of your life now, a part of you. They may not have been enough for you but they were enough to change you.”
Elsie is devastated and left to grieve a loss that she never anticipated. Not only does she have to deal with her own sadness and anger over losing Ben. Elise also has to engage with her mother law in law, Susan, a women she has never met, and women who didn’t even know she was part of Ben’s life. There first few meetings after Ben’s death are contentious but they also share the commonality of their shared grief. I admit I didn’t care much for Susan. She was gruff and caustic but I also somewhat understood her anger and hurt. There grief the two shared was something that bonded them together and over time it became a basis for their friendship.
“But the love, that’s the sharp pain that won’t stop. That’s the constant ache in your chest. That won’t go away easily.”
The thing I loved the most about this novel was that it came across as an honest depiction of grief. I found myself both empathizing and sympathizing with Elsie. I easily understood Elsie’s anger and frustration.What happened to her and Ben wasn’t expected and it was an unfortunate accident that just didn’t seem fair. Sigh. My heart broke for them. Ben’s character was such a phenomenal sweet beta male. I fell in love with his characters charm and personality immediately. Even though the story was sad there was a surprising amount of humor and light infused into the story. Even though their relationship was short, you could sense and see how much they loved one another. Elsie grew so much in this novel and I felt the ending was perfect for her journey.
“A supernova is a short burst of extraordinary energy.”
“I like to think that you and Ben were like that,” she says to me. “That you ended abruptly, but in that short time, you had more passion than some people have in a lifetime.”