Review: Sunflowers In February by Phyllida Shrimpton

Sunflowers in FebruarySunflowers In February by Phyllida Shrimpton
Genre: Contemporary
Published by: Hot Key Books
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
Release date: 8/2/18
Rating: ★★★★☆
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
Summary: Lily wakes up one crisp Sunday morning on the side of the road. She has no idea how she got there. It is all very peaceful. and very beautiful. It is only when the police car, and then the ambulance arrive, and she sees her own body, that she realises that she is in fact… dead. But what is she supposed do now? Lily has no option but to follow her body and see her family – her parents and her twin brother start falling apart. And then her twin brother Ben gives her a once in a deathtime opportunity – to use his own body for a while. But will Lily give Ben his body back? She is beginning to have a rather good time…

When I first heard about this book, I thought it sounded to interesting and I really wanted to read it. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like this before, and I was really curious.

I found this book so emotional. Within the first 100 pages I was nearly crying. I really like books that make me emotional, and that make me cry, so that was a good start for me.

I really liked all the characters. I found the main character, Lily, way more relatable than I usually find characters who are close to death and are trying to live as much as they can in the short time they have left. I’ve read other books where the main character who is near to death has a bucket list that includes things like smoking and drugs and near death experiences, and that is really not something I can relate to. I found Lily’s list way more relatable, which was really nice.

I also liked Lily’s family. I really appreciated the fact that they seemed to be aware that Lily’s twin, Ben, knew her the best, and they went with most of his ideas for her funeral. That made me happy.

I really liked the fact that as well as getting the story from Lily’s point of view, there are also chapters from the point of view of characters who new her. I really liked seeing first hand how Lily’s death affected them and how they slowly recovered.

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