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When Liv, part of a group of friends approaching the big 30 dies, unexpectedly whilst they are all on holiday in Ibiza, for all of the group, from Fergus her boyfriend and Mia her best friend, life is never going to be the same. Whilst they tackle "The List" that their friend left of things to do before she was 30, Fergus, Mia, Anna, and married couple Norman and Melody will find themselves taken to places they never imagined as they come to terms with her death but also re-examine their own lives. I found this book quite entertaining, and for me the setting of Lancaster as the place the friends met and spent their student days was interesting as it''s a place I know well, the action went between London and Lancaster and there were lots of flashbacks to their student days so that you could understand how things turned out the way they did. The characters were believable and likeable in the main; reading the book you definitely feel like you want to be one of their gang! Probably like many I remember her column about being a single parent in Marie-Claire which I much enjoyed; I shall definitely be looking out for more from this author. There were some real laugh out loud moments, it''s a light and entertaining read, even if the ending is somewhat predictable you can enjoy the ride. Recommended.
How we Met by Katy Regan is an enjoyable, emotional read. After Liv dies her circle of close friends are all struggling to come to terms with her death and are all grieving in their own ways. When they come across Liv's to do list they decide to try to fulfill her list in her memory so we see each of her friends deal with their grief whilst carrying out various tasks on the list.
Although I found early on in the book I could easily predict the outcome it was great to watch the journey to the final outcome. The story covers all the emotions of grief from guilt to blame, from heartache to loss, the feeling you can not let go and yet the book didn't feel morbid at all. I think this was helped by the nice touch of unexpected humour which popped up throughout the book. The pace was on the slow side but I think this was right for the subject matter of the book and I still found I was hooked by the story line.
I found Anna's character a little off and distant so I didn't warm to her like the others but all becomes clear later in the book as to why her character was the way she was. Other than Anna I loved all of the characters in the book Mia being my favourite she had a slight edge on the other characters and she felt very realistic as if you were reading about someone you know, it helps how well developed her character was.
I enjoyed this book I found it heartwarming and touching. It gets you thinking life is to short you only get one life so live it and enjoy it. I would recommend this book and I will be picking up the authors future releases.