Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel (4 out of 5)
This was quite a novel. Right off the bat, I have to say this…The advance cover (seen above) is terrible! I hope to Henry Winkler they change that shit before it goes to press. It’s not out until June 27, so they have time!!! But besides that, it was a pretty great book.
The number 65 has a lot of relevance here. On the 65th day after her big sister Camie has passed away, Juniper finds a letter that her sister wrote the day she died. It’s addressed to “you”, but Juniper has no clue who “you” might be. She sets out to uncover the secrets Camie had, and completely forgets where the 65th Happiness Card in The Happiness Index is, which mucks up everything that has been helping to hold a grieving Juniper together after Camie’s death. The Happiness Index is a ritual that Camie started, and got Juniper into being more positive. Without her sister there, it’s just NOT the same. Can Juniper figured out the secrets to her sister’s life, and pull her own together? This was a funny and sad at times story, with Juniper’s pain ultimately helping out several other classmates who are struggling with their own problems. A positive, coming of age with grief and growing pains, story that shows how to move on after losing someone you love dearly. So head out and get a copy when it comes out on June. But please, please, change that cover!!!!!