“There is more than one happy ending for everyone.”
Lydia and Freddie. Freddie and Lydia. They’d been together for more than a decade, and Lydia thought their love was indestructible.
But she was wrong. On her twenty-eighth birthday, Freddie died in a car accident.
So now it’s just Lydia, and all she wants to do is hide indoors and sob until her eyes fall out. But Lydia knows that Freddie would want her to try to live fully, happily, even without him. So, enlisting the help of his best friend, Jonah, and her sister, Elle, she takes her first tentative steps into the world, open to life–and perhaps even love–again.
But then something inexplicable happens that gives her another chance at her old life with Freddie. A life where none of the tragic events of the past few months have happened.
Lydia is pulled again and again across the doorway of her past, living two lives, impossibly, at once. But there’s an emotional toll to returning to a world where Freddie, alive, still owns her heart. Because there’s someone in her new life, her real life, who wants her to stay.
Firstly, I want to say thank you to Penguin Books for sending me a copy of The Two Lives of Lydia Bird as part of a giveaway. I am so grateful for this opportunity.
I would like to start with saying that I was not a fan of One Day in December when I read it at the end of 2018. I read it as part of a reading group on bookstagram and collectively the group found the book problematic. It is fair to say that I haven’t had the best start with Josie Silver however I am keen to give second chances. The synopsis of this book really spoke to me as an emotionally engaging read and I knew that I needed to have a go.
The first couple of pages of this book hit me so hard emotionally. I had no emotional connection with any of the characters at this point … obviously. However Josie managed to make me tear up almost immediately. I knew what was coming but I don’t think I expected it to come so soon and it hit me so hard, a lot harder than I expected.
I did like the characters, I felt so sorry for Lydia, her family just didn’t seem to understand and offer much support past the first few weeks of her grief. I just wanted to reach in and give her a big hug. And Jonah. Oh Jonah you were so misunderstood for such a large proportion of this book. My heart reached out to him so so much. The other characters almost didn’t deserve him. I would have loved to have seen a little bit more from him and a lot sooner in the book.
I do think that the author has done a lot of research in relation to grief and she honestly does such a good job portraying this in this book. I feel like she did this justice in relation to how it makes different people act in different ways and the struggle for the person who is grieving as well as their wider family who want to offer support but do not necessarily understand what it feels like. I do question the use of a sleeping pill though. Maybe I have misinterpreted this or I am a bit more sensitive to the matter than I should be. The fact that Lydia can dive into a different world with Freddie by taking a pill to help her sleep really doesn’t sit well with me. Unfortunately this factor did impact on my enjoyment of this book.
Whilst this had a great start, for me it fell short and at some points I felt really disconnected and not interested in what happened. The Two Lives of Lydia Bird did not have the emotional impact that I thought it would have on me. It was b y no means a bad book, but it wasn’t my favourite and maybe just wasn’t for me.I would recommend you pick this up and give it a go because I do seem to be in the minority. But for me I think I am done with this author for now.