I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
❥ The plot
Lydia and Freddie. Freddie and Lydia. They’ve been together for almost a decade, and Lydia thinks their love is indestructible.
But she’s wrong. Because on her 27th birthday, Freddie dies in a tragic accident.
So now it’s just Lydia, and all she wants to do is hide indoors and sob ’til her eyes fall out. But Lydia knows that Freddie would want her to live her life well. So, enlisting the help of his best friend and her sister Elle, she takes her first tentative steps into the world and starts to live – perhaps even to love – again.
Then something unbelievable happens, and Lydia gets another chance at her old life with Freddie. But what if there’s someone in her new life who wants her to stay?
I was both excited and terrified to start The Two Lives of Lydia Bird. Excited because I adored One Day In December, which I reviewed back in 2018, but terrified because I knew this one talked about grief and it’s still something hard for me to read as I lost my grandma a couple of years ago. No matter what, I read it and gave this one 3/5 stars, which is my average rating.
I’d rather start with the things I didn’t like in this book, as I did like it and want to end my review on a positive note. To be completely honest, there is only one thing I didn’t like about The Two Lives of Lydia Bird, and it is the end. I was worried it would end this way, and obviously I won’t talk about what it is, but I thought that nothing really prepared the reader for it though it still happened and therefor it felt rushed and forced somehow. Without it I would have gave this book 4 stars, but it may please many other readers.
Onto the things I loved, and there are plenty! I really do love Josie Silver’s writing style, which feels so easy and pleasing to read. It took me less than 24 hours to read this one and I was eager to come back to it every time. There’s something so soothing about the way it’s written and I would recommend it for this detail only.
I also loved our main character Lydia, who I thought was strong, brave and impressive. Though some parts of the story were cliché, I still really enjoyed following her story and kept putting myself in her shoes, which hurt a lot: how would I have reacted if I had my whole life planned, I was ready to marry the man of my dreams, and he would die on a car accident on my birthday? It’s so awful to think about, especially when you’re like me and are terrified about the future. I’m always wondering if I’ll ever meet the man of my dreams and so on, and I cannot imagine finding him to lose him when I’m so young and ready to start my life with him.
So, as you guessed it, this book is sad and it deals with grief, which I thought was really well done. It reminded me of my own grief obviously, and it sometimes helped me as I kept thinking “Oh, so I’m not the only one who thought that…” when Lydia was facing something hard, like New Year’s Eve for example and having to say that your loved one passed away last year now.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. At first I was way more into the parts where Lydia and Freddie were together but as the story grew I wanted to see Lydia on her own more and more, which I think is what the author wanted us to feel. She wanted us to feel attached to Freddie at first just like Lydia won’t say goodbye to him, but then to make us realize that the “Awake” parts of the novel are more important and should be prioritized.
I would recommend this book to all the fans of Ps I Love You and to all of you who are looking for something sweet but harsh to read around Valentine’s Day.
This book will be out on March 3rd.
❥ Where to pre-order it