Juniper Lemon's Happiness Index Book Review

Hello beauties, 
I hope you're all having a great weekend. I spent most of my day reading. Don't you just love those days? I love snuggling up and forgetting the outside world for a day. Keep on reading to hear what I thought of Juniper Lemon's Happiness Index....

"It’s been sixty-five days since the accident that killed Juniper’s sister, and ripped Juniper’s world apart.
Then she finds the love letter: written by Camilla on the day of the accident, addressed mysteriously to “You,” but never sent. Desperate to learn You’s identity and deliver the message, Juniper starts to investigate.Until she loses something. A card from her Happiness Index: a ritual started by sunny Camie for logging positives each day. It’s what’s been holding Juniper together since her death – but a lost card only widens the hole she left behind. And this particular card contains Juniper’s own dark secret: a memory she can't let anyone else find out.The search for You and her card take Juniper to even less expected places, and as she connects with those whose secrets she upturns in the effort, she may just find the means to make peace with her own." 

I was pleasantly surprised by Juniper Lemon's Happiness Index. I really enjoy reading YA books but sometimes they can lack depth and character development. Julie Israel's, "Juniper Lemon's Happiness Index" explores loss, survivor's guilt, and follows Juniper as she starts to rebuild her life. It showcases the way grief manifests differently for everyone (obsessive behaviour like Juniper with her Happiness Index or dark and withdrawn like her mum) which I thought was so important - especially for younger people reading this who may be struggling with their own grief. 

I enjoyed following Juniper's journey especially as she slowly found ways to heal; through new friendships, romance and school projects. The main plot of 'You's' identity kept me interested and I found myself trying to make my own clues and connections through Juniper's interactions. I was very happy with how the book ended - still enough mystery but everything was mostly wrapped up nicely. 

Overall this was a fantastic weekend read. If you like high school mysteries (think of Pretty Little Liars), you'll like this. I'm very excited to read more from Julie and I really hope I can read more about Juniper's adventures soon. 

Available at Whitcoulls and all other good book stores. 

xxx Hayley 

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