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Take Me to the Good Parts of This Book
Warning: The Good Parts Might Be Explicit

Ryan Lawrence Cooper is good looking and entirely human.
Lauren reminisces about kissing Ryan.
Ryan and Lauren hike up a metaphor for marriage.
Lauren can live without Ryan, but doesn't want to.
A second chance at love needs brutal honesty to thrive.

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  • First Meeting
  • Ryan Lawrence Cooper is good looking and entirely human.
  • Flirty Banter
  • Lauren reminisces about kissing Ryan.
  • Proposal
  • Ryan and Lauren hike up a metaphor for marriage.
  • It Might Be Love
  • Lauren can live without Ryan, but doesn't want to.
  • I Want You
  • A second chance at love needs brutal honesty to thrive.

Publisher's Summary

When Lauren and Ryan's marriage reaches the breaking point, they come up with an unconventional plan. They decide to take a year off in the hopes of finding a way to fall in love again. One year apart and only one rule: They cannot contact each other. Aside from that, anything goes.
Lauren embarks on a journey of self-discovery, quickly finding that her friends and family have their own ideas about the meaning of marriage. These influences, as well as her own healing process and the challenges of living apart from Ryan, begin to change Lauren's ideas about monogamy and marriage. She starts to question: When you can have romance without loyalty and commitment without marriage, when love and lust are no longer tied together, what do you value? What are you willing to fight for?
©2014 Taylor Jenkins Reid (P)2015 Dreamscape Media, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"You'll laugh, weep and fly through each crazy-readable page." ( Redbook)
"The intriguing premise and well-drawn characters contribute to an emotionally uplifting and inspiring story." ( Booklist)
"As uplifting as it is brutally honest - a must-read." ( Kirkus Reviews)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Divya on 09-26-15

Ms Reid I am floored.

A simple story told simply. .. no frills or extra fluff and yet so soulful. You know what the end is going to be and yet it keeps you glued till the very last syllable. Three cheers Ms Reid.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Fosterkit50 on 12-29-15

Interesting...

Interesting novel. Enjoyed listening, but it wasn't one that I thought about a lot afterwards or made me seek out the author for more.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Ann on 09-06-16

A Fiction Self-Help Book, really

This is the perfect book for anyone going through a hard time in their relationships right now. It was just what I needed at the right time.

And as usual, Taylor makes it so easy to convince her readers that there will always be hope for human connections. No regrets.

Thank you to my wonderful sister Chooi Wen Khoo for introducing her work to me.

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