pack up the moon by kristan higgins

Pack Up The Moon, by Kristan Higgins

I have to be honest. This book has been sitting on my shelf for months. Maybe even year(s). And every time I go to consider it for my next read, something else catches my eye and I push it back on its shelf.

But alas, a few days ago I finally decided to give it a go and let me tell you. From that very first page, I never looked back.

I laughed, I cried (mostly I cried), and I felt all the emotions at every turn. It’s definitely a roller coaster but a beautiful (yet tragic) one at that. So grab your tissues, because if you enjoy a tear jerker then this book belongs on your TBR.

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Book Review: “Pack Up the Moon” by Kristan Higgins

First off, let’s talk about the premise.

“Pack Up the Moon” by Kristan Higgins centers around Joshua and Lauren, a couple so adorably in love that you’ll find yourself grinning like a Cheshire cat within the first few chapters.

But—oh, the big but (and no spoiler here)—Lauren is terminally ill. Cue the tissues.

Now, before you start running for the hills thinking this is just another sob story, let me assure you, Higgins has a magical way of balancing heartache with heartwarming moments that make this book impossible to put down (seriously, I found myself hurrying my family through dinner so I could come home and read it. I even read it standing at the backdoor waiting to let the dogs in).

The story kicks off with Lauren’s passing (I know, super heavy start), but here’s where it gets interesting: Lauren has left behind a series of letters for Joshua; one for every month for the first year after her death.

Each one guiding him through his grief and helping him rediscover life without her. It’s like a scavenger hunt for the soul, and trust me, you’ll be hooked.

Joshua, our heartbroken hero, is so relatable that you’ll want to reach into the pages and give him a big, consoling hug. He’s awkward, he’s grieving, and he’s trying to navigate this new world without his better half.

Watching his journey is both heartbreaking yet up lifting. You’ll laugh at his blunders, cry at his pain, and cheer for his triumphs.

And on top of that, there’s a whole cast of quirky characters that add a delightful layer of humor and charm to the story, seriously. SO many people loved Lauren that even if you have the best family and network of friends in the world, you’ll find yourself wishing you were part of their tight-knit group.

And, of course I have to mention their Australian Shepherd mix Pebbles. Being an Aussie owner to two adorable but crazy fur balls, this part of the story held an extra special place in my heart.

Now, let’s talk about the writing.

This was my first K.H book, but my experience so far is that Kristan Higgins has a knack for crafting dialogue that feels real and characters that leap off the page and really stay with you.

The way she portrays the ebb and flow of grief is so genuine, it’s like she’s holding up a mirror to anyone who has ever loved and lost.

But amid the sorrow, she sprinkles in moments of joy, hope, and even some laugh-out-loud scenarios that will have you giggling through your tears.

The letters from Lauren are pure gold. Each one is a little treasure chest of wisdom, humor, and love. Even if her overuse of the word “honey” is a little aggravating.

The letters serve as a beautiful reminder that life goes on and that it’s okay to find happiness again. It’s like Lauren is giving Joshua (and us, by extension) permission to live fully, even in the face of loss.

“Pack Up the Moon” is a masterclass in storytelling. It’s a poignant exploration of love, loss, and the messy, beautiful journey of moving forward.

Higgins has created a book that is as touching as it is entertaining, with characters who will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.

So, if you’re in the mood for a read that will tug at your heartstrings while also making you chuckle, look no further.

“Pack Up the Moon” is a beautifully bittersweet tale that reminds us of the resilience of the human spirit. Just make sure to have a box of tissues handy—you’re going to need them!

So.. which Kristan Higgins book do I read next?

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