Book Review – Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index

juniper lemons happiness indexIt’s hard to keep close a person everyone keeps telling you is gone.

It’s been sixty-five painful days since the death of Juniper’s big sister, Camilla. On her first day back at school, bracing herself for the stares and whispers, Juniper borrows Camie’s handbag for luck – and discovers an unsent break-up letter inside. It’s mysteriously addressed to ‘You’ and dated July 4th – the day of Camie’s accident. Desperate to learn the identity of Camie’s secret love, Juniper starts to investigate.

But then she loses something herself. A card from her daily ritual, The Happiness Index: little notecards on which she rates the day. The Index has been holding Juniper together since Camie’s death – but without this card, there’s a hole. And this particular card contains Juniper’s own secret: a memory that she can’t let anyone else find out.

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gold_star-svggold_star-svggold_star-svggold_star-svg 4.5/5 Stars

A gloriously happy and slightly tearful read. This book is an ode to sisters everywhere, but also friendship, meeting new people, discovering new things, dealing with loss and family. I just loved it, and give it a solid 4.5 stars.

I really liked Juniper, the way she was trying to honour her sister really spoke to me. I love her and Brand too, as well as her friendships with Kody, Angela and Nate. And I am so desperate to see her art projects, they sound amazing!!

Like Juni, I was totally shipping Angela and Sponge, and I love how that turned out lol. I do get the moral of not messing around too badly and also that possibly digging through the rubbish and accidentally (or sometimes not) finding secrets isn’t necessarily a good idea, but I do love the concept.

This is uplifting in a way I didn’t expect, and bittersweet for obvious reasons, and just really touching.

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