The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver

How I Read It: Audiobook/Print

Dates Read: 3/8/20-3/10/20

How I Found It: Book of the Month

As many of you have probably figured out, I’ve spent my fair amount of time in the grieving process. And while many people think that the process is linear, sometimes you find yourself zigzagging through missing to forgetting to loving to hating to acceptance to completely falling apart. Grief, for a lack of a better word, sucks. And I don’t know how else to describe that feeling. But this book shows that grief is not easy or linear, and that we have to find ourselves in order to get through it all.

Lydia Bird is supposed to marry the love of her life, Freddie. At least, she was until he dies in a car accident on her birthday. Now Lydia is forced to live in a world without Freddie in her life. Weeks after the accident, her mom convinces the doctors to give her sleeping medication. Lydia learns that whenever she takes the sleeping pills she is transported into an alternate universe in which Freddie is still alive. But soon those lives begin diverging more and more, forcing Lydia to come to terms with her awake life and her asleep life.

Told over 2 years, we watch Lydia’s life fall apart and slowly piece back together. I will say that I completely called at least the main ending within a few pages of the book, though a wouldn’t have been able to call other things. I don’t know if that says more about my experience with romance novels or the writing style of the book (and also I’m not sure if this is super transparent to other people), but if you were hoping for a surprise ending, this isn’t the book for you.

I did really enjoy this book, and I could totally see myself picking it up again later, but I also felt like there were parts of the book where I didn’t like Lydia that much. Even though I could relate with her about most of the grief experience, she made some weird choices that I don’t fully get. But here’s the thing, we all go through life different, and that’s the purpose for reading, to see how other people experience things.

Silver has a really nice writing style that is beautiful and funny, and will keep your interest throughout the whole story. Even in really dark moments, she still finds a way of adding a comedic moment to ease some of the tension. She also doesn’t make take away from the sadness, anger, or just raw emotions of those feelings, either, just finds a way of breaking them up with some relief. I, personally, would rate this book 4.75 out of 5 stars, and I will totally pick this up in a year or two to read again.

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at elizabethslick@elizabethsbookstore.blog. And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

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