So clearly, I have been all about the books this month. Now that means that we are back at again with another book review! This time I am talking all about The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver.
The Two Lives of Lydia Bird takes place in England and is the story of Lydia Bird and Freddie Hunter. Lydia and Freddie are highschool sweethearts who are engaged when the story begins. But of course, the plot quickly takes a sad turn when Freddie dies in a car accident. This is the story of Lydia's grief and finding life and love again while dealing with these sleeping pills that are given to her that allow her to travel into an alternate universe in which Freddie is still alive and her life continues as if the accident that killed him never happened. So while in one life while Lydia is going through the stages of grief and trying to move on in the other life she is busy planning her wedding and trying to figure out what she has missed in-between visits.
This is another one of those journeys through grief sort of romance novels. For some reason, a lot of these have been on my radar lately or have just been written over the last few years, but nonetheless this one of the majority of the book seems basic and hollow and leaves me with more questions. First and primarily, I wondered if Lydia were to overdose on the sleeping pills would she be able to "die" in the one world and then be able to "live" in the dream world? Also, how did none of the dream world versions of the characters notice that all of a sudden Lydia was behaving hella differently? Questions! That I will never have the answers too...
I'm going, to be honest, here, I was mostly bored while reading this book, but kept trucking through just because I started it and wanted to be able to say that I finished it. But seriously, it was boring af for most of the book. It was just Lydia going back and forth and being whiney which was understandable, but I could not help but wonder why her family never decided to help her out. It was clear that Lydia was falling apart and her family never offers any type of help. Heck, Jonah does more to try to help her out more than her sister or mother did, which I find ironic and will tell you why shortly.
The best part of the book to me was the part in which Lydia went to Croatia and was finally be able to heal and fall in love with Jonah. I so wish that this part of the novel was longer and explored more than the rest of the book. So the reader could actually see how the love between Lydia and Jonah grows instead of the kind of boom they love each other now and Jonah wrote a movie about it rushed type of ending that we get. Also to be able to see how Lydia heals in Croatia and her friendship with that family there would have been nice to see. I would have much rather have read that more than more back and forth between the real world and the alternate universe, and that's why I find it ironic that Lydia's mother and sister didn't do much to help her, because once she goes away to help herself, they get mad at her and treat her badly for it because her sister recently had a baby. It was obvious that she wasn't doing well, so when she finally does better to shame her for it, well that bullshit as far as I am concerned.
So am I glad that I read this book? No. Am I excited by this book? No. Is it a must-read? Definitely not.
Zuhri's Final Thoughts
Star Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reading Scenario: Any if you are willing to make your way through a boring greif story that's basic as hell.
Book Club Recommendation: Sure. This was actually slated to be one of my book club's reads. I think it would create some conversation but it is still boring and basic.