- Buy this product and stream 90 days of Amazon Music Unlimited for free. E-mail after purchase. Conditions apply. Learn more
Life After Juliet Hardcover – 5 Jul 2016
|New from||Used from|
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Special offers and product promotions
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
About the Author
Shannon Alexander was compelled to write this story after the death of her best friend to ovarian cancer. She is a member of SCBWI and She Writes, and works as a copy editor for Sucker Literary, a showcase fornew and undiscovered writers of young adult literature. She recently completed her seventh Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure in Washington D.C., and is anactive supporter of cancer research. http: //wanderthewords.blogspot.co
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Becca joins the Drama Club. She wants to work backstage, but is being given a part in the play as well. She doesn't want to choose between the actors and the techies. Making new friends is hard though. Especially since one of them looks like she wants to eat Becca alive. The last thing Becca can handle is to have her heart broken again, but that means she doesn't have anything to give. Working with Max, the guy who is always nice to her and who seems to get her, is difficult. Becca wants to show him more of herself, but she isn't ready to open her heart to anyone yet. Will that moment ever come again?
Life After Juliet is a compelling story about moving on after heartbreak. Shannon Lee Alexander describes that in a beautiful sensitive way. Becca has her ups and downs and she slowly struggles towards better control of her feelings. She will always miss Charlotte, who was the one who made her come out of her shell. Becca's learned a lot from her friend and she tries to make her proud. She doesn't always make progress and sometimes it's two steps back after she's managed to take one step forward, but she keeps on trying. She runs away sometimes, she gets mad, she learns to stand up for herself and she learns to talk to people. I loved to see her grow. Max is a wonderful kind guy who understands Becca, he always gives her the space she needs. They are exactly right for one another and they are really sweet together.
Love and Other Unknown Variables and Life After Juliet can best be read together. Becca and Charlie have a great bond. Charlotte walked into their lives and she's changed them forever. I loved how special Shannon Lee Alexander made Charlotte. She leaves a lasting impression on both siblings and their stories are equally interesting. The first book is moving towards something emotional and the second one starts with that part and is about the process of healing. I liked that approach. These books are both fantastic and I highly recommend them.
Life After Juliet is about Becca. Not Juliet. It’s been six months since Becca’s best friend passed away, and Becca has withdrawn into her books again, counting time in pages.
"I don’t really do days anymore. Time is measured in pages. I’ve read 3,718 pages since Dad dropped me off on the first day. It’s been 108,023 pages since Charlotte died. I’ve read 150 pages since I stepped on the bus this morning. It’s been ten pages since I thought of Charlotte."
Others have learned to let her be, and she considers herself invisible. That is, until Max sees her (after she literally falls into his lap). And Drama Queen Darby is forced to work with her. In an attempt to start living a little bit again outside of her books, she signs up as a “techie” for the school’s play of Romeo and Juliet, but one mic test later and she’s more involved than she intended. With Max coaxing her out of her shell and Darby challenging her to step up, Becca slowly learns that it’s possible to care about other things, even if it’s the scariest thing you can do.
I’ve never had a book play with my heart so quickly and successfully before. I was initially worried that I wouldn’t be able to connect with the characters and stories that well because of all the references to Charlotte and her relationships with Becca and Charlie. But I shouldn’t have worried, as I was crying within 6%, and the tears came several times, including once from laughing ridiculously loudly. The grief was so palpable and real, and while I haven’t lost anyone that close to me before, I could still find similar experiences that connected me to what Becca was feeling.
While I do think I would have gotten more from the story if I had read Love and Other Unknown Variables, the standalone that precedes this one. (They’re not necessarily a series but more “companion” novels.) With that, I say that, yes, try to read Love and Other Unknown Variables first, but also know that it isn’t mandatory.
Becca was incredibly relatable in her bookishness, choosing the safety of books to the uncertainties of real life. Sometimes, I feel like doing the same. I loved how she was able to step out of herself through the play. I especially loved how Darby helped her to do that. Can I just say that Darby was brilliant? She was the Mean Girl, but there was so much more to her and how she fit into Becca’s life. Max was also a dear, secure where he was in his box at the top, talented with his hands, but also real in his insecurities and jealousy. The slow burn and tension between him and Becca really kept me going, it was so delicious.
"His smile feels like spring."
Where the story didn’t quite get me was the twist towards the end about Max. It was definitely unexpected, but it wasn’t the kind that makes me go “wow!” Instead, I was confused for a second, it was just that unexpected. I didn’t think the story would go that way at all, and while I appreciate why it did, my astonishment kept me really feeling the moment the way it should have been felt. From that point on, I felt a bit disconnected from the events.
The ending was great, the final prank a funny touch. Everything wrapped up quite nicely, with different parts of Becca’s life coming together. I finished the whole thing in one sitting, and it made me feel inspired to step outside of books myself. I also had an urge to try acting again!
Overall, a lovely story about moving on after losing someone without leaving them behind, equal parts heart-wrenching and heartwarming.
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
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.