Sunflowers in February – Phyllida Shrimpton

36528065.jpgLily wakes up one morning outside, alone and confused. She doesn’t know where she is or how she got there. It’s not until the ambulance arrives that she realises what’s happened: she’s dead. Stuck in a place where no one can see or hear her, Lily has no choice but to watch her friends and family struggle on without her. Then, she accidentally takes over her twin brother’s body and finds herself with a remarkable opportunity to live again.

Although I did quite enjoy this book, I found it to be quite problematic. The writing was smooth and easy to read, and the plot was fairly interesting. I also thought that the author dealt with the topics of loss and grief very well, making them an important part of the story without making it an uncomfortable or depressing read.

However, I didn’t like Lily and I definitely didn’t like what she did (which most of the plot stems from). Taking over her brother’s body by accident and deciding to live again for a day is one thing, but staying in there for weeks until she didn’t even know where her brother was, was selfish and unacceptable. The number of times she acknowledged that what she was doing was wrong (and not even that satisfying) but still wouldn’t give him his life back was infuriating. This really affected my enjoyment of the book because I couldn’t get past Lily’s pure selfishness. I get that being dead isn’t what she wanted, but stealing her brother’s life instead is not okay.

Basically, I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it either.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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