Pack Up the Moon by Kristan Higgins

5 Stars

I’m pretty sure this was my first book by Kristan Higgins and the first book that has made me bawl my eyes out in years. You guys, have some Kleenex ready when you read this one, you’re going to need them.

Newly married couple Josh and Lauren are madly in love and are both very successful at what they do. Then Lauren is diagnosed with a terminal illness and their lives are thrown to shambles. But Lauren has a plan to keep her husband going after her death, a letter given to him every month after she dies that will give him a task to do every month for the first year. She hopes that it will help Josh cope better with the loss while also learning valuable lessons about himself.

This book absolutely gutted me but also made me laugh more times than I can count. The personalities and quirks that the author gave to each character fit them perfectly but it also broke up the saddest parts of the book in the best ways. Reading some of Josh’s chapters had me laughing with tears in my eyes and then crying the next minute because it was so sad. The ending of the book is what really got me though, Josh reliving Lauren’s death but also finally feeling free and learning about himself, gosh it was so good.

*Many thanks to Berkley for the free copy for my honest review*

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