Synopsis (from Goodreads):
“Lydia Bird is living a happy, normal little life–she has a good job, a wonderful fiancé, Freddie, and the usual daily dramas of buying groceries and being in a relationship. And then everything stops: Freddie is killed in a car crash on his way to pick up his best friend, Jonas. Her world bottoms out.
Lydia retreats from the company of her sister, her mother, and from Jonas, the only other person who understands her loss. Alone and adrift, she seeks a small amount of solace in the sleeping pills her doctor prescribes for her, which give her relief in the form of abnormally deep sleep. But they also come with an increasingly complicated gift: Whenever she takes a pill, she emerges in another world. A world in which Freddie is still alive.
And so Lydia returns again and again to the doorway of her past, living two lives, impossibly, at once. In one, her relationship with Freddie and her friendship with Jonas move along as scheduled, and in the other, that same friendship begins to become something else, something very unexpected and yet thrillingly familiar.”
I read One Day in December last Christmas and knew immediately that I needed to read The Two Lives of Lydia Bird. It sat for awhile honestly because I knew it was going to be a tougher read just because of the subject matter. I’m glad I finally just opened up the book and read it though. Don’t expect a simple, light romance when picking up this book. The Two Lives of Lydia Bird is about grief and how this character deals with picking her life back up.
The two lives mentioned in the title are the two worlds that Lydia is straddling. Her everyday life in which Freddie has died, and her sleeping pill induced life where Freddie is still alive. The book bounces between the two worlds regularly. I really liked the “Sliding Doors” aspect of this novel, and enjoyed that the author didn’t really try to explain how this sleeping pill induced life was happening. Personally I enjoyed the “awake” chapters more, even if at times the subject matter can be difficult. I enjoyed Lydia’s relationships with her sister and mother and how close they are. I could see what the ultimate outcome was going to be, but was happy with how the characters ended up there. Overall, I really enjoyed The Two Lives of Lydia, it was way different than any other “romance” novel I read this year. I loved how they handled her grief. You will cry reading this book, it’s guaranteed.