Pack Up the Moon

Title: Pack Up the Moon
Author: Kristan Higgins
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 978-0-451-48948-7

“So this month’s is on a very different note, and you might not like it, which is absolutely fine,” Sarah pens to Josh in Kristan Higgins’s novel, Pack Up the Moon.

~ What ~
This four-hundred-and-sixty-four-page paperback targets those who enjoy romantic medical fiction about moving onward after the death of a spouse. With plenty of profanity and adult situations, its topics of premarital sex, illness, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes fifteen discussion questions and the author’s biography.

In this read based mainly in Rhode Island, twenty-eight-year-old Lauren has been diagnosed with a terminal illness and dutifully makes it her final mission to ensure her husband is well-cared for and loved after her demise. Through a dozen monthly letters written before her death, she encourages Josh to pick up the pieces by accomplishing specific tasks she finds important.

~ Why ~
This is a heartbreaking story of two individuals who fall madly in love, marry, and look forward to a long life together, only to have one of them die after three blissful years together. The many stages of dealing with grief are played out as Josh struggles through the days, weeks, and months, trying to accept the new normal of his life. Some of the concepts in Lauren’s notes are interesting, producing helpful results dealing with the loss of a loved one. I appreciated the idea of writing love letters to be opened after one’s death.

~ Why Not ~
Those who have lost a spouse or do not like sad, depressing stories may want to avoid this book. Anyone who has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ will find the book lacking deeply on a spiritual level as eternity is only referred to as the Great Beyond, which atheistic Josh has no belief in and Lauren’s perspective appears superficial. I did not care for the repetitive profanity or Josh visiting a medium for guidance.

~ Wish ~
While the tale is on the tearful, maudlin side, no true hope of eternal salvation is promoted, which I felt could have been more redeeming if the focus. Some emotions were repeated too often, making it sappy and overdone.

~ Want ~
If you like reading about having love and tragically losing it due to an illness, this may bring tears to your eyes, but it has a thoughtful way to keep someone’s love alive as life continues without them.

Thanks to the author, Bookpleasures, and Berkley for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#PackUptheMoon #KristanHiggins #Bookpleasures

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