Title: Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index
Author: Julie Israel
Publisher + date: Penguin Random House UK Children’s / 01 Jun 2017
genre: YA, Romance
Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a honest review, thank you!
“When he catches me, and we roll on our backs toward the star-filled sky, I do not see the diamonds, the glittering shards that have shone there for billions of years, but the blue-black canopy between them. I see it and think of my watercolors, of carving Bristol from linoleum, of Polaris-with a twang, of Camie’s hand in them all, of the thousand ways she’ll never see her touch unfold-and somehow recognize it’s this very darkness, the cutouts, the envelope of holes that makes the stars so sharp and beautiful. All that absence isn’t negative space.”
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.
This is a smart, funny, poignant book guaranteed to make you laugh and cry – and maybe even take notes.
What I think of it
I’m not going to say I loved it as I didn’t but it was okay.
I kinda feel like it wasn’t anything special, don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the romance a lot and everything but it lacked a good story line which made this book less interesting.
It’s a great book to read in the summer when you’re on holiday and want something light to read. The characters are very nice (none annoyed me) but I do have to warn that one character has a physically abusive parent and another has thoughts of suicide.
I must say that the main character, Juniper Lemon (What a weird name though) has a great personality and her heart on the right place. I loved the fact that she has quite a few flaws. Despite the fact you can feel her sadness on many times I can say this book is a very optimistic and hopeful story.
I only regret the lacking story line that doesn’t make me want to reread it, which is why I could only rate it 3 stars.