Book Review: Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel

31123261Title: Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index

By: Julie Israel

Published: May 30th 2017

By: Kathy Dawson Books

Genre: YA-Contemporary-Family

It’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.

This is a smart, funny, poignant book guaranteed to make you laugh and cry – and maybe even take notes.


Copia de SPRINGTIME (5)

This was a so deep, sweet and strong reading, all at the same time, I’ve enjoyed it alot


I want to thank Penguin Random House UK Children’s and NetGalley for providing me with this copy in exchange for an honest review

The story follows Juniper who recently lost her sister, so we can see her trying to cope with the pain of having lost a loved one. and how it has impacted on her daily life.

One day Juniper finds a letter addressed to a mysterious “YOU”, a letter of rupture written by her sister but which has never been sent, reason why Juniper decides to begin to look for this person to discover who he/she is , but it’s also a quest that Juniper hopes will help her close the hole she’s been feeling since her sister left

I’ve really enjoyed the characters, I think everyone has given something special and unique to the plot, although we found some characters that may seem cliché , I think they all play a very important role in the Juniper’s life and from the beginning they help with her search in some way or another, besides it’s always good to have a great variety of personalities to analyze and to be able to observe different points of view

One of the things I liked the most is the strength that Juniper has during her journey, I think even though she’s shattered and deep down she knows she’ll never get over what happened, she really tries and every time she falls she gets up again , I admire this character a lot, I can’t imagine having such a loss and how she behaved during the book is understandable, in the end I feel that she had a great learning


As I said before the story focuses on the Juniper’s search for this person who is totally unknown and mysterious for her, and has been Great, is a very good idea, also make you stay very expectant and make you want to discover what happens next. It has a very deep side that is how to deal with the loss, the suffering, how going forward, the feeling of guilt and many things that have really touched me. In spite of them the book doesn’t become too overwhelming or heavy at all, it’s fun, light and has given me all those beautiful feelings that I was looking for in a book, I would surely re-read this one

I’m not totally sure about the end, I feel it should have been a bit more closed, but this is of course only my point of view, maybe you feel right about it , I still have enjoyed it, but I feel it had the potential to continue a little bit more

I recommend that you take this book if you’re looking for a light reading but full of emotions and with a super important topic as it’s how to deal with the loss and to go ahead after it. It has made me spend very beautiful moments, so I would love you to decide to read it to make you feel the same way


4.5/5 Stars

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