Taylor Jenkins Reid Books - In Chronological Order!
Hooray! The romance and historical fiction genres are alive and well!
Here is the complete list of Taylor Jenkins Reid books along with short book summaries.
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Taylor Jenkins Reid Book List
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Romance and Historical Fiction At Its Best
Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books are everywhere! I was first introduced to her from two of my high school senior students. They were both reading The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and emphatically told me I had to read it immediately, if not sooner.
When my students recommend books to me, I listen. As hard as I try, teenagers are just naturally so much more in tune with everything involving pop culture than I am. They also know me and thought I would like the book – and, of course, they were right.
All of a sudden, I started seeing Taylor Jenkins Reid’s novels everywhere. She dominated my book niche social media pages, my Facebook “friends” were recommending her novels to each other, she even had a dedicated table full of her books at my local bookstore.
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Strong Female Role Models
I love a story with a strong female protagonist, and Taylor Jenkins Reid provides. She has a beautiful way of creating independent, fierce, yet vulnerable characters, which I think is the reason that both teenagers and adults are binge-reading her novels.
And, as an English teacher and lifelong lover of stories, I am all in for an author that has us running to the bookstore! So, thank you, Taylor Jenkins Reid, for inspiring people to read more and to see the value that a good book provides.
QUICK DISCLAIMER: I have not recommended any of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books to my high school students (although they love to talk to me about them!).
Taylor Jenkins Reid Books in Chronological Order with Short Summaries
Forever, Interrupted – 2013
Taylor Jenkins Reid’s first novel: While the main character, Elsie Porter, is picking up a pizza for one, she happens upon Ben Ross. They have an instant connection and fall in love over the course of twenty-four hours. Within months, they are married. A little over one week later, Ben is killed in a tragic accident. At the emergency room, she meets her new mother-in-law, who doesn’t know that Elsie even exists.
After I Do – 2014
Lauren and Ryan’s marriage is crumbling and they are at their breaking point. In a bold and unusual move, the two decide to go their separate ways for one year on a journey of self-discovery, with the condition that they cannot contact each other. Throughout their time apart, they must decide what really matters and what love means to them.
Maybe in Another Life – 2015
A People Magazine Pick / US Weekly “Must” Pick / “Best Book of the Summer” – Glamour
Hannah Martin is lost in life. She is twenty-nine, has no steady job, and has moved several times. When she returns to Los Angeles, she stays with her best friend Gabby. One night at a local bar with Gabby, Hannah runs into her high school boyfriend, Ethan. Later that night, Gabby asks if Hannah is ready to leave and Ethan offers her a ride home later.
The story continues with two parallel universes: what happens if she leaves with Gabby that night or with Ethan?
One True Loves – 2016
Best Book of Summer – Cosmopolitan
Emma Blair is happily married to her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They are an adventurous couple, living life to the fullest, until tragedy hits. Jesse’s helicopter goes missing and just like that, their life together is over. Emma moves back home to Massachusetts, and years later, meets Sam. Emma and Sam are happy, and Emma is grateful to have love in her life again. However, when Jesse is found alive, Emma’s life is once again turned upside down. Can a person have two true loves, two soul mates in their life?
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER / Goodreads Nominee for Best Historical Fiction
Reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo wants to finally tell the truth about her life. It is time for her to let go of her long-held secrets. Unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant, recently separated from her husband and with her career in the toilet, is shocked when Evelyn chooses her to write the biography. Over time, in her luxurious apartment, Evelyn tells Monique her decades-long story of her life in show business. Monique listens as Evelyn finally reveals the stories of her seven husbands, a source of fascination for decades.
Daisy Jones and the Six – 2020
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER / REESE’S BOOK CLUB PICK / NOW AN ORIGINAL STREAMING SERIES / ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: NPR, The Washington Post, Esquire, Glamour, Real Simple, Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire, Parade, Paste, Shelf Awareness, BookRiot / Goodreads Winner for Best Historical Fiction
Daisy loves rock stars and rock’n’roll. She dreams of singing at the Whiskey a Go Go, and her beauty and voice are starting to gain some notice. Then there’s The Six, Billy Dunne’s band. A producer connects Daisy and Billy after recognizing their on-stage chemistry. This story is the wild ride of one of the greatest bands of the 1970s.
Malibu Rising – 2022
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER / Read with Jenna Book Club Pick on Today / ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The Washington Post, Time, Marie Claire, PopSugar, Parade, Teen Vogue, Self / Goodreads Choice Award Winner for Best Historical Fiction (2021)
1983 – The four children of the famous Mick Riva throw their annual end-of-summer party:
Nina, a model and surfer, has recently separated from her husband and has no interest in being the center of attention at tonight’s party.
Hud, a renowned photographer, has something to finally confess to his brother.
Jay, a championship surfer, is anxiously awaiting the party to see the girl he thinks about incessantly.
Kit has not consulted any of her siblings about the surprise guest she is bringing to the party.
The party will rage and things will get out of control…all before the mansion goes up in flames.
Carrie Soto is Back – 2022
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER / ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: Time, NPR, PopSugar, Glamour, Reader’s Digest / Goodreads Choice Award Winner for Best Historical Fiction (2022)
At the end of her tennis career, Carrie Soto is the best player in the world. However, six years later she watches the US Open as Nicki Chan breaks her record. Carrie decides to come out of retirement for one year to reclaim her former glory, despite the difficulties that she will face. Carrie Soto is back, for one last season.
Check out the trailer for the Daisy Jones and the Six series, produced by Reese Witherspoon!