7 Jul 2016

ARC #Review: LIFE AFTER JULIET by Shannon Lee Alexander


Author: Shannon Lee Alexander
Source: eARC via Publisher
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Publication Date: July 5, 2016
Rating: 5/5 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.

Amazon | Chapters | TBD

Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. This in no way impacts my opinion of the novel.

I interview Shannon Lee Alexander about LIFE AFTER JULIET on Books Are My Fandom! Read what she had to say here!

This was so good. I haven't read LOVE AND OTHER UNKNOWN VARIABLES but now I want to. I loved seeing Becca grieve and watching as she became more than just her grief. And her relationship with Max was pretty awesome too.

I liked that there were strong illusions to Shakespeare and to the Romeo and Juliet play. I liked seeing how the high school students interacted, especially the Techies and the Drammies. I thought their relationship and how they came together was super interesting and I really enjoyed reading about it. I also liked how our two Juliets came to be friends.

All the characters were wonderfully written. I loved being in Becca's mind and seeing how she counted time with page numbers (me too haha) and that she lost herself so much in books. It was great to see how she was trying to deal with her grief and (sometimes) drowning in it. I also liked seeing how it would paralyze her when she realized she was okay without Charlotte and moving on because she felt guilty. It was a really moving book.

This one has some moments that will make you laugh and cry. It looks at how we all deal with grief and what it means to keep someone in your heart but still move forward. I really enjoyed this and will be picking up anything else Shannon Lee Alexander writes. 


  1. I haven't heard of this one before, sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  2. 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.


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