Sunflowers in February
This was a fun and heartwarming tale of loss of a young adult and the impact on family and friends, whilst the gender swap certainly adds to a more comedic tone.
Especially as Lily is aghast to discover how she'd need to now go to the toilet!
The author perfectly captures the teen voice and the sense of frustration a l ...more
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I really wanted to like this, goddamnit. It’s YA from the UK and it has a gorgeous cover to boot – the blue aspects are foiled in real-life and it’s truly lovely. However, I expected something along the lines of I’ll Give You The Sun (a truly great book) in terms of character development and dynamics and in the end, my hopes raised the bar too high and Sunflowers in February fell flat on its face.
The idea behind ...more
I want to start by discussing the theme of the ...more
I love the silky front cover of a sunflower as I love growing sunflowers, everyone loves sunflowers. I couldn't put this book down. I'm still in a daze that Sunflowers In February is Phyllida Shrimpton's first novel. I loved this wonderful fresh different story and all the characters seemed so real life. What I did find is that this story was rather a bit tearful. Lily Richardson has been killed by a driver in a hit and run. From the road side she is looking down on her body. With Lily being dea ...more
As soon as I read the synopsis for this book I couldn’t request it quickly enough. Oh man….i really thought I was gonna love this. I feel incredibly l ...more
(It's basically about a girl, Lily, who died and manages to come back to life by taking over her twin brother's body.)
1. I really disliked Lily so much. She was selfish and had no respect for ...more
One day a young teenage girl called Lily wakes up at the side of the road with no memory of how she got there. As a police car arrives she realises that she is in fact dead. Lily is left with no choice but to follo ...more
My full book review is up here on Word Revel.
November 22, 2017
Initial thoughts: Wow. This book was a rollercoaster! Death is never an easy topic to face, and I have to be honest, I spent a good part of Sunflowers in February suppressing my tears, so I could continue reading. I expect for some readers, it will be triggering to read. I felt that too but pushed through and was rewarded with hope and the reminder to not only be sad for the death of dearly departed but to ce ...more
In reality, saying goodbye to someone is the hardest thing to go through, but the book didn’t seem it was about that. The book was too freaky Friday for my likely, lacking connection wit ...more
The cover drew me in (its so pretty with the foil detail) and it seems I have a thing for yellow books in March!
One cold February morning, Lily wakes up at the side of the road with no memory of how she got there. Its not until the police turn up that she realises she is actually dead - her broken body lies just a few feet away, the obvious victim of a hit and run. Having no idea why she can still think, why no one can see ...more
I was drawn to this book by cover and title combined, curious enough to see what it could be about. It's YA which whilst i don't read lots i do enjoy the odd one here and there. and more often than not, enjoy them so i wasn't put off at all..
The story in a nutshell, Lily age 15 wakes up on the side of the road and realises she is dead, hit and run. it follows the grief of her family including importan ...more
Sunflowers in February. What a gorgeous and sunny title. I instantly fell in love with it. The bright cover brightened up the rainy day this book was delivered to my house, and serendipity made me choose it on another rainy day a few weeks later.
With only snippets of recollection of the blurb, I started wandering in this sunflower field with no shield. Was I ready for this emotional read? The mome...more
Lily wakes up and the first thing she sees is her own body at the side of the road. At first she has no idea whats going on but when the police and ambulance arrive she quickly realises she's dead. But whats she meant to do now? Sure ...more
The bluish light to the day gives away the early hour, and I hug my knees to my chest as if I should be cold. Sitting on the grass verge of a narrow country lane I become aware, with the gradual creeping light of dawn, that I must have been here for some time.
It comes to me slowly, in the same way that I search for recent dreams when I first wake. I can’t remember . . . The shrill call of a wild bird and the urgent flapping of its wings shatters the stil ...more
This is a UK YA debut novel by Phyllida Shrimpton and very reminiscent of the lovely bones by Alice Sebold. When I read the synopsis of this book I knew that I was going to have to read it. The exploration of life after death fascinates me, are there spirits? is there really life after death? This book had depth to it and has some very important messages, it covers a lot on grie ...more
A key aspect of Sunflowers in February is the idea of moving past grief, and how, whilst this "missing piece really does ruin the overall picture of the puzzle", life moves on and ...more
I’m not one to believe in an afterlife or staying around on earth (although I did really love the movie Ghost) but I actually found some comfort in the story as I imagined my colleague following everyone around and still being near. Sometimes you just find it in unexpected places when you need ...more
‘Lily wakes up one crisp Sunday morning on the side of the road’ and soon realises she is dead. She has been the victim of a hit and run accident.
This is how the story begins and we soon learn that Lily is fifteen years old and has a twin brother, Ben. As she floats above the world she has left behind, she watches as the news of her violent death is given to her family and close friends. After her funeral she realises she is not ready or prepared, to ‘move on’. ...more
Sunflowers in February is about 15 year old Lilly who wakes up on the side of the road and realises she died in a car accident. But Lilly is not ready to go into the afterlife yet. She has some unfinished business. The big question is who was behind the hit and run that left her dead?
What drew me into this book is the warm cover and the title it immediate diately makes you think this will be a happy book but boy was I wrong!
I st ...more
Unfortunately for me the book fell flat as I felt the main character was too juvenile fo ...more
I was really sad, especially in the first part where Lily is just following her family around. Though I felt it lost it's feeling after Lily gets to live again inside Ben's bo ...more
We first meet our main character, Lily, at the start of the novel when she wakes up at the side of the road with no idea what she's doing there. Then she discovers her body lying in a ditch and realises she is dead.
Our story focuses on Lily's post-death experiences. She learns some shocking news about the identity of her killer, and has to watch her friends and family try to adjust to life without her. There are some black comic scenes where she att ...more
I have very mixed feelings about this book. I loved the storyline, and the question of life after death, but I found Lily to be incredibly annoyi ...more
Don't get me wrong, there are negatives with this book. For one thing, it could have done with some better editing. There were a number of glaring grammatical mistakes and at least once the entirely wrong character is named! There is a scene where a few of the kids are being chauffeure ...more
You know how the ending of a book can make you change your mind about the rating you’re going to give to that certain book after finishing reading it?! Well, this is the case. For 95% of the book, I thought that I would rate this book with 3 stars. But the last 5 percent... changed my mind. 4 stars for this book!
It was not the best book, but not the worst either. It’s a book about a girl who dies and somehow can not find her way after death. So... she takes over her twin ...more
She achieved a Post Graduate Degree in Human Resource Management, but soon jumped ships to work with teenagers, including students with Asperger's syndrome on an Essex based agricultural college farm before eventually ...more