The Celebrants, a review by Shelley

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THE CELEBRANTS
Steven Rowley

PENGUIN GROUP | G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Publication Date: May 30th, 2023
320 Pages
Goodreads | Amazon

Do as many things as you can to remind yourself you’re alive.

I loved Steven Rowley’s 2021 release The Guncle so when I saw this on NetGalley it was a no-brainer to request it and am I ever glad I did.

This book takes place over a twenty-eight-year period from 1995 to 2023. We also get an inside look into each character’s life over the years. I loved the way this book was set up with each section devoted to a single character and we see how they’ve been doing since they graduated. It’s about friends who dormed together in college and after a dormmate dies unexpectedly they make a pact to celebrate the life of one another when they need it most, so you can hear how loved you are and how important you are before you actually die and you can appreciate it. Sounds kinda morbid but it isn’t. It is about living funerals and full of humour and love. I recently lost a 51-year-old cousin and I tell you these are a good idea. We have all had to deal with love and loss.

The book is very heartwarming and proves just how important friendships are in one’s life, especially friends that are like family. The plot and characters are very true to life and I think that’s why it touched me so much. There is joy and sadness throughout. Emotional, humorous, and full of wit, a book that made me laugh and cry in equal measure, what more can you ask than that?

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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