The Two Lives of Lydia Bird has been such an anticipated read since February 2020, but I never got around to reading it. In August 2020, I finally decided to pick this book up and I’m very happy I finally did it.
What is The Two Lives of Lydia Bird about?
Lydia and Freddie. Freddie and Lydia. They’d been together for more than a decade, and Lydia thought their love was indestructible.
But she was wrong. On her twenty-eighth birthday, Freddie died in a car accident.
So now it’s just Lydia, and all she wants to do is hide indoors and sob until her eyes fall out. But Lydia knows that Freddie would want her to try to live fully, happily, even without him. So, enlisting the help of his best friend, Jonah, and her sister, Elle, she takes her first tentative steps into the world, open to life–and perhaps even love–again.
But then something inexplicable happens that gives her another chance at her old life with Freddie. A life where none of the tragic events of the past few months have happened.
Lydia is pulled again and again across the doorway of her past, living two lives, impossibly, at once. But there’s an emotional toll to returning to a world where Freddie, alive, still owns her heart. Because there’s someone in her new life, her real life, who wants her to stay.
What did I think of The Two Lives of Lydia Bird?
Josie Silver did it again. While he made me dream away with One Day in December, he made me think about lots of important things with The Two Lives of Lydia Bird. I loved it.
Compared to One Day in December, this book has a whole other storyline. However, I loved The Two Lives of Lydia Bird just as much, but in another way. It went deeper into emotional aspects, when that was something I kind of missed in One Day in December.
You and me, we’re all the time, and we’re always, and we’re everywhere. If I live a million lifetimes, I’ll find you in all of them, Freddie Hunter.
Silver knows how to write things from the heart and touch people with her words. It was such an overwhelming ride to look into Lydia’s mind and life, such an emotional ride. We see how Lydia tries to get her life back on track after the tragic loss of her fiancé. While reading the book, I really felt how Lydia was struggling with ‘letting Freddy go’ and trying to become more happy in life again.
Grief is an odd thing. It’s mine, and no one can do it for me, but there’s been this whole supporting cast of silent actors around me in the wings.
The human brain is wired to cope with grief. It knows even as we fall into unfathomably dark places, there will be light again, and if we keep moving forward in one brave straight line, however slowly, we’ll find our way back again.
The story line of this book was really magical and in my opinion had a unique concept. I would definitely recommend this book. It broke my heart and then put it together again. Josie Silver will always be one of my favorite authors!