Lilac in Winter by Susan Pogorzelski is a YA Contemporary of illness, friendship, and daydreams.
“Lilac Sophia Carpenter is sixteen years old. She’s going to be sixteen years old for the rest of her life.
Confined to her bed as her health declines, Lilac lives her life in daydreams, imagining her love story to her former best friend, Nathan Emery. But Lilac and Nathan haven’t talked since that fateful night—the night of her sister’s wedding, when her health worsened and his life unraveled and the already-fractured pieces of their friendship became irreparable.
With the comfort of her daydreams becoming more and more elusive, Lilac must decide if reality can be greater than her own imagination when there’s little time left for living.“
This book has all the feels! Like big-box-of-tissues feels.
We follow a girl who is grieving over her own illness and the social setbacks it has had on her. Instead, she dreams of the life she never had, the friendships she wishes she kept, and the future she will never experience.
The writing style threw me into a loop of emotions perfectly mirroring the plot. There was so much meaning to her words.
I gave this heartfelt, gut-wrenching story a 4 out of 5 stars.
Published: 26 May 2019
Publisher: Brown Beagle Books
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
How I Read It: eARC from Chapter by Chapter
*Disclaimer: I requested a copy of this book from Chapter by Chapter in exchange for an honest review. All of my book reviews contain my honest opinion only and are not influenced in any way.*
“I’m supposed to be a bridesmaid—up there with Allison’s friends from college who are named Jasmine and Belle and Ariel like this is some farcical parade of Disney princesses—but there’s a seat with my name on it between my parents in the first row of pews. In a few minutes, my dad will join us and sit on the other side of me, but now I’m acting as a buffer between my mom and Rebecca. Every so often, Rebecca will glance up from her program and smile nervously at one of us, but when she catches my mother’s eye, she’ll find the names of the wedding party just as fascinating as I do.
“Where’s Mulan?” I whisper to my mom.
“Mulan. Or Pocahontas. They’re missing the show.”
“For the love of God, Lilac, I cannot handle your nonsense today.”
Lilac. I bet I would have made a great Disney princess if I were strong enough to stand up there with them.“
“Susan Pogorzelski is the award-winning author of Gold in the Days of Summer: A Novella.Her first full-length novel, The Last Letter, is a semi-autobiographical account of her experiences living with Chronic Lyme Disease and was an Honorable Mention in the 25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. When she’s not writing her own stories of nostalgia and the magic of everyday life, she works as a consultant, editor, and creative coach at Brown Beagle Books and is the founder of LymeBrave Foundation, Inc. She lives in South-Central Pennsylvania with her family and two dogs.”
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