rhia reviews | Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel

31123261It’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.

My Goodreads rating: ★★★★☆

Release date: May 30th, 2017

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a really quick read. I honestly read it in two sittings – and only because I fell asleep the first time. Juniper’s grief is so real, as is her family’s, and the author writes it really well.

I did think the story wraps up a little too well, but otherwise I really enjoyed it. There’s a good cast of characters, and the romance isn’t too in-your-face. The writing is fast-paced enough to keep you interested but not rushed – the story moves at an appropriate pace for its content. This is definitely as poignant as it’s described.

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