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Life After Juliet Hardcover – July 5, 2016
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From School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-In this highly readable companion to Love and Other Unknown Variables, shy bookworm Becca Hanson would rather sink into the trials and tribulations of the characters in her books than deal with her own life. It's been over a year since her best and only friend died, and Becca cannot move beyond her grief. Inadvertently thrust into the limelight of her school's adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, Becca slowly takes notice of the world around her, especially after cute, artistic Max begins to notice her. The plot is fast-paced and mostly character driven, and it is Becca's frenemy and the star of the drama club, Darby, who is responsible for the majority of twists, tension, resolution, and character development. Still, the budding relationship between Max and Becca is a well-realized depiction of a shy teen romance. VERDICT A life-affirming read that will appeal to bookworms, theater nerds, and hopeful romantics alike.-Leighanne Law, Scriber Lake High School, WA
"Readers will fall in love with Becca, Max,Darby, and other characters as their soft, awkward moments of adolescenceresonate throughout the prose. A successful story of a young woman'sjourney through grief." -Kirkus Reviews
5 stars: "This book is more than a love story, and the love storyis more than epic!" -Liza Tabita
5 stars: "I absolutely loved this... The story, the characters, themessage... Just perfection! And I dareanyone reading to try not to fall for Max!!" -JamieArkin, Fiction Fare
5 stars: "Great read for abook lover... Epic love at it's best!!!" -SociallyAwkward Book Nerd
5 stars: "Whata great read! I devoured it in a couple of hours, and I dare you not to do thesame. Becca's voice is so real and easy to connect with, especially forthose of us with introverted, nose-in-book tendencies. I haven't suffered aloss like Becca's, but I certainly fight every day to make myself put the bookdown 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, andI adored her for it." -NicoleBledsoe, Educator at Mena High School
"I hated putting this book down. It was ajourney I thoroughly enjoyed taking, and I'm now looking forward to picking up Loveand Other Unknown Variables. Contemporary might not be my usual"thing," but I think I just found a new author I'm for sure going tobe looking out for in the future." -Jacquie Atamanuk, Rattle theStars
"VERDICT A life-affirming read that will appeal to bookworms, theater nerds, and hopeful romantics alike." -School Library Journal
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So many great references to books and Shakespearean plays, right down to the Capulet vs. Montague-esque, Drammies vs. Techies, feud and the acts and scenes rather than chapters. There's also a cute list vibe that reminded me of Morgan Matson's Since You've Been Gone, but without as big of a focus (I mean, not every chapter is titled a specific item on the list.)
Highly recommend this book about learning to live with grief and learning how to live, rather than close yourself off from the world.
As Becca’s junior year at Sandstone High begins she finds herself with a class project that ends up with her in drama club. Becca begins to make new friends as she finds herself unexpectedly cast as Juliet in the school play. She also finds that she has a lot in common with Max who works behind the scenes in the play.
Life After Juliet is a companion book to Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander. The first book was told from Becca’s brother’s POV and this one now tells Becca’s story after the end of the first book. I haven’t read Love and Other Unknown Variables myself but I do believe this one worked fine as a standalone novel and reading the first wasn’t needed to truly understand this one.
This book starts off with a rather somber beginning with Becca dealing with the loss of her best friend. It’s highly emotional all the way through as she learns how to deal with her heartache and learn to make new friends and go on with life without Charlotte.
The book is set around Becca becoming involved in the play and as a little bit of a twist in the style the author has separated the chapters with different Acts and Scenes as if the whole story is a play. The characters in here were all enjoyable with their personalities feeling real with each being so different but coming together in this book.
Overall, a YA contemporary romance that will tug at your heart strings as the main character tries to find herself after a huge loss in her life.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
So that disclaimer out of the way, you’ve been warned!
Life After Juliet is Becca’s story… if you read L&OUV then you know Becca is Charlie’s sister. When I finished that book, I couldn’t help wondering what the future held for her, so I was incredibly excited to learn Alexander was writing this book. Becca was/is my favorite! She uses her books to escape to worlds that aren’t her own. Her brother Charlie has always known where he belonged and what his life and future hold for him, but Becca has never really fit in anywhere and so her books allow her to forget about that for a bit.
The bond that formed between her and Charlotte in L&OUV was lovely, but when Charlotte is no longer here, Becca isn’t sure how to cope and she certainly doesn’t want to deal with the pain of losing someone again, so she chooses not to put herself out there. Then Max Herrera appears in her life and it turns out they have something in common… grief, and he can understand her pain and sadness.
We sort of already know Becca a bit when diving into this story so that was nice to have some of her backstory ahead of time. It was such fun getting to know her more though. Her insecurities were completely relatable and I actually really enjoyed watching her come into her own in this story… and not just because of some boy! It was really great to see her figure out what she wanted to do and just go for it!
Once again, Alexander writes spectacular characters and stories that go with them. I think my favorite part was the bond that you recognize between Charlie and Becca and the best parts were her calling him to get advice on anything and everything. I love that he was so kind and wonderful to her even though he’s away at college he made time for her and was still a big part of her life.
Max Herrera will definitely make it to your new book boyfriend list. I promise. I mentioned above that he has had to deal with loss in his life, and I loved how Alexander weaved his story into Becca’s, how they were able to bond over this shared grief, but also how Max was still trying to get past it and not let it halt his life. He’s sweet, kind, encouraging and just a wonderful boy and one I totally have a crush on!
Ultimately this book looks a lot of different things, but it really explores how we deal with grief and loss and how that affects our lives. But there are other elements to this story that will have you laughing and smiling and realizing that while we all handle that grief in different ways, we learn to push through and enjoy the lives we have ahead of us.
Plus there’s kissing!
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“Life After Juliet” is about a girl named Becca, who was a loner until she met her friend Charlotte, who suddenly...Read more
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