Juniper Lemons Happiness Index Review


Author – Julie Israel

Publisher – Penguin

Format – Paperback

Untitled copyIt’s been sixty-five days since the accident that killed Juniper’s sister, and ripped Juniper’s world apart.

Then she finds the love letter: written by Camilla on the day of the accident, addressed mysteriously to “You,” but never sent. Desperate to learn You’s identity and deliver the message, Juniper starts to investigate.

Until she loses something. A card from her Happiness Index: a ritual started by sunny Camie for logging positives each day. It’s what’s been holding Juniper together since her death – but a lost card only widens the hole she left behind. And this particular card contains Juniper’s own dark secret: a memory she can’t let anyone else find out.

The search for You and her card take Juniper to even less expected places, and as she connects with those whose secrets she upturns in the effort, she may just find the means to make peace with her own.

This is a smart, funny, poignant book guaranteed to make you laugh and cry – and maybe even take notes.


I was sent this book by a publisher but it does not in anyway change my opinion in any way.


Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index is about Juniper, a girl in high school, who’s sister recently  passed away in a car accident. Every day Juniper writes about her day on a index card which she calls her Happiness Index , when one day she misplaces one, one where she poured her heart out about her feelings about losing her sister.

I really loved reading Julie’s book. It was an amazing coming of age story about dealing with grief, loss and friendship. The plot felt very well thought out and I thought the author executed it perfectly! The book wasn’t just overwhelming grief that Juniper felt and I enjoyed the mysterious aspect of the plot.

The characters were all amazing and I loved the friendships that were created! I loved how they all helped each other cope with their problems without even realising and I think that this book is a stunning representation of just how important friendship can be.

Julie Israel’s writing is beautiful and I found that I could finish a page in no time because her words flowed perfectly and it kept me interested in the story throughout the whole book!

I am so glad that i read this book and will definitely be coming back to it in the future.

Thanks for reading!

Laura xx


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