Friday, July 15, 2016

BLOG TOUR: Life After Juliet by Shannon Lee Alexander

Life After Juliet

Title: Life After Juliet
Author: Shannon Lee Alexander
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Publication Date: July 5th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Becca Hanson was never able to make sense of the real world. When her best friend Charlotte died, she gave up on it altogether. Fortunately, Becca can count on her books to escape—to other times, other places, other people...
Until she meets Max Herrera. He’s experienced loss, too, and his gorgeous, dark eyes see Becca the way no one else in school can.
As it turns out, kissing is a lot better in real life than on a page. But love and life are a lot more complicated in the real world...and happy endings aren't always guaranteed.
The companion novel to Love and Other Unknown Variables is an exploration of loss and regret, of kissing and love, and most importantly, a celebration of hope and discovering a life worth living again.

My Review

Before starting this book, I have to confess that I did not read the first one in this companion series. Life After Juliet is a companion book and being me, I just wiped it aside and started it without reading the first one (bad idea). But nevertheless, I still really really enjoyed this book. 

Life After Juliet brought me to tears. It made me smile, made me laugh, and made me think about Shakespeare in a different way than how it's normally is viewed. Now, I used to dislike Shakespeare quite a bit (school forced-reading ruined it for me), but after reading this novel, I don't really mind it any more. My point is, Life After Juliet changed me. It changed my thoughts and my feelings, and it was a intense but amazing journey that took me through Becca's mind.

I found myself connecting with Becca Hanson a lot throughout this book. There are many aspects of hers that linked with me, whether it's who I am or how I act and feel, we were linked in some way. I think this is why I felt very comfortable with her character, and along with the marvellous writing of Ms. Alexander, I almost felt at home reading through this book. 

Ms. Alexander wrote amazing characters, but the one that stood out to me the most was Darby. That girl is cunning, brilliant, and is one step away from being my best friend. She's a confusing character, but her development from the start to the last page was utterly flawless. I loved her. 

Max was also an awesome character. He was sweet, awkward at times (but all teenage boys are). I love his dedication to art and creating things (he has a creative soul :P) and his relationship with Becca was so so lovely. 

"His smile feels like spring."

I love that quote ;) 

In the end, this book made me shed tears, and it was so worth it. I felt unstable at first when I started, but I fell in love with it in the end. It was just an amazing novel.

About The Author

Shannon Lee Alexander is a wife and mother (of two kids and one yellow terrier named Harriet Potter). She is passionate about coffee, books, and cancer research. Math makes her break out in a sweat. Love and Other Unknown Variables is her debut novel. She currently lives in Indianapolis with her family.

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