Monday, 18 December 2017

Sunflowers in February by Phyllida Shrimpton

Lily wakes up one crisp Sunday morning on the side of the road. She has no idea how she got there. It is all very peaceful. and very beautiful. It is only when the police car, and then the ambulance arrive, and she sees her own body, that she realises that she is in fact... dead. But what is she supposed do now? Lily has no option but to follow her body and see her family – her parents and her twin brother start falling apart. And then her twin brother Ben gives her a once in a death time opportunity - to use his own body for a while. But will Lily give Ben his body back? She is beginning to have a rather good time..

I went on a ride with this book. I knew this book was going to be emotional when we realised that Lily is dead. I spent a good portion of this book crying because of all of the emotions. I wouldn't recommend this book for someone who is dealing with loosing someone. 

Lily was your typical teenager, pretty self centred and I didn't really like her that much. We got to see the real Lily when she was living for the second time. Lily discovered what the meaning of life and death meant in the pages of this book and we get to go along for the ride with her. 

I have not had the opportunity to read a book of this nature before and I must admit I was a little nervous that it would be too much of a touchy subject for me to handle. The book was beautifully handled, I found it interesting to see how the family deal with Lily's death and it was nice to see that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Seeing the family separate and then come back together afterwards to deal with the grief together. 

I really enjoyed reading this story and I would love to read more from Phyllida Shrimpton. 

Thanks For Reading
Em x

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