Becca Hanson was always pretty much a loner burying herself in her books and living through what she read. That is until she became best friends with her one and only real life friend Charlotte. But now Becca finds herself broken after her only friend has passed away. She’s back to burying herself in her books to escape her heartache and loneliness.
As Becca’s junior year at Sandstone High begins she finds herself with a class project that ends up with her in drama club. Becca begins to make new friends as she finds herself unexpectedly cast as Juliet in the school play. She also finds that she has a lot in common with Max who works behind the scenes in the play.
Life After Juliet is a companion book to Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander. The first book was told from Becca’s brother’s POV and this one now tells Becca’s story after the end of the first book. I haven’t read Love and Other Unknown Variables myself but I do believe this one worked fine as a standalone novel and reading the first wasn’t needed to truly understand this one.
This book starts off with a rather somber beginning with Becca dealing with the loss of her best friend. It’s highly emotional all the way through as she learns how to deal with her heartache and learn to make new friends and go on with life without Charlotte.
The book is set around Becca becoming involved in the play and as a little bit of a twist in the style the author has separated the chapters with different Acts and Scenes as if the whole story is a play. The characters in here were all enjoyable with their personalities feeling real with each being so different but coming together in this book.
Overall, a YA contemporary romance that will tug at your heart strings as the main character tries to find herself after a huge loss in her life.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.