The Celebrants

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ISBN: 978-0593540428

𝕋𝕙𝕖 ℂ𝕖𝕝𝕖𝕓𝕣𝕒𝕟𝕥𝕤

Sʜᴏᴿᴛ Sʏɴᴏᴘsɪs

The Celebrants tells the story of a group of college friends and a promise they made to each other. 

When one of them dies, the rest decide they should have funerals for each other while alive so each person knows how loved they are. This is the pact they make with each other, then the years pass, and they live their lives. 

Each person decides when to have their funeral. It typically happens during hard times. Throughout the story, we learn about why each person needed their living funeral as we learn about each character’s life.

Mʸ Tᴴᴼᵁᴳᴴᵀs

The Celebrants grew on me as I read it. The group of friends is diverse, and even though they haven’t necessarily stayed in touch, they are there for each other when needed. It made me think of my past friendships and where they are today.

I think the living funeral idea is odd. I understand the premise, but I would  rather celebrate to pep up whoever needed it using a different word than funeral. A funeral would depress me further instead of making me feel better.

Secrets come out as the story plays out. We learn a bit about Jordan, Jordy, Naomi, Craig, and Marielle’s lives from college to the present. Cancer, divorce, losing parents, and art fraud all play a part in what brings  them to their college pals to be reminded that life is worth living. 

The Celebrants reminds us that we all go through shit in our lives but that life is ever-changing, and you will make it. It also shows that friends can be a significant part of getting through the hard times, even if time, place, and life, in general, have separated you from each other. 

Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for providing this ebook for me to read and review. 


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