What a great read! I devoured it in a couple of hours, and I dare you not to do the same. If you are looking for a contemporary YA romance to read this summer, I think you would be hard pressed to do better than Life After Juliet. Bookworms will find a special kinship in Becca, the narrator, but even you extroverts will enjoy this story about putting yourself out there. I gave this book five 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.
Becca’s voice is so real and easy to connect with, especially for those of us with introverted, nose-in-book tendencies. I haven’t suffered a loss like Becca’s, but I certainly fight every day to make myself put the book down and do some living of my own, and that is really what this story is about. She conquers fears, but in a way that is still true to herself in the end, and I adored her for it. The romantic relationship is also pretty awesome. It is given the time it needs to develop into something that will squeeze your heart. And the the romantic interest? So, so, so swoon-worthy, ladies. And every fairy-tale love story needs a witch, right? I particularly liked the villainess in this story – she is a delightful surprise. I’ll admit I didn’t enjoy the companion book, so I wasn’t prepared for this one to grab me so completely. I think it can be read as a stand-alone because there is enough background info there to fill you in, and it has been ages since I read the first one and it was no deal to pick this one up and sink in. It’s definitely going on my classroom library wish list because I just know my high school readers are going to be as wild about it as I am. I’m also recommending it to our drama teacher because I see a definite peak in interest in school plays in conjunction with the reading of this book! Language and situations are appropriate for grades 9+, but adult readers will find it has the depth to engage them as well.
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.