on Sep. 16, 2013 :
Stephanie Andrassy has done something truly amazing with Just Live, Juliette. She has created a story that will challenge everything you think you know. She will take all of your preconceived notions and throw them right out the window. But she'll hold your hand, give you hugs, and make you smile along the way.
When you're finished reading Just Live, Juliette, you'll wonder why you hadn't thought it up yourself. You'll wonder why you hadn't read it sooner. You'll wonder if Stephanie Andrassy has any more books planned. You'll even wonder if there's a possibility if what she's written about could be true. I did and I do and I hope that is all true! I also hope that Stephanie never stops writing. She has an amazing imagination and is an awesome storyteller.
I'm sure none of this makes sense.
Just Live, Juliette isn't a book that you can just sit and describe. I mean I can tell you it's about a woman named Juliette. I can tell you there is a lot of self discovery in this book. There is also a lot of disbelief. I can tell you it's a story about friendship. It's a story about trusting what you know and opening your eyes to what you don't. It's also a story about love but most important, it's a story about living.
Just Live, Juliette
Are you confused? You should be because Just Live, Juliette can't be told in a synopsis. This really is a story you need to read for yourself.
There are many wonderful things I could say about this book but I think most important is the amazing character development. Stephanie Andrassy has created characters that literally jump off the page. I felt like I was surrounded by these incredible people in my living room. When one would exit a scene another would walk in and sit next to me on my couch. They were just that tangible. You will come to know each person's character and personality intimately. You will most definitely have favorites and will look forward to Juliette's interactions with each of them. Every single character is integral to Juliette's story. Each character plays a very special and significant role. It's not always as it seems either. Just when you think you know, Stephanie Andrassy will quickly make you question something.
You will fall in love with Juliette as she struggles to understand what's going on in her life. You will have just as many questions as she does. I guarantee you will be just as frustrated as Juliette is at times. You will laugh with her and cry with her. You may even shake your head at her impatience. There is no doubt that you will become invested in Juliette's journey.
Do you believe in soul mates?
Do you think it's possible to have only one true love?
Can you even open you're mind to the possibility of past lives and in those past lives you are connected to that same 'one true love'?
Juliette, explores all of those possibilities in her relationship with Miles.
Miles is also struggling with something that has happened in his life. Something that he can't believe or won't believe even though it lies before him in black and white. His pain and anguish pours off the pages. I found myself wanting to hold him and comfort. To take away his pain. To help him LIVE. I was madly, deeply in love with Juliette and Miles together. I rooted for them and cheered them on throughout the entire book.
With that said my favorite character has to be Willy. Willy is homeless. He no longer trusts people. He's content with being alone. He doesn't want to 'LIVE' the way others are living. His journey for me, was just as special as Juliette's.
I know when you see the size of Just Live, Juliette, you will groan. 600 pages can be daunting but I guarantee that once you start you won't be able to put it down. Stephanie Andrassy does a fantastic job pulling you in and keeping you there. There is only discovery in this book no lulls in the storyline, no boring parts. I found myself totally believing every word on the page. This is a story that makes it's way into your heart and doesn't let go. It allows you the opportunity to ask questions without judgment. Stephanie Andrassy gives you the material allowing you to think outside the box. It truly is an amazing story.
So if you're up to the challenge of having the world as you know it completely and totally rocked --- Just Live, Juliette is for you.
OH! I know you'll be wondering what else you can read by Stephanie Andrassy! Check out my review here, of Noble Lies.
I was honored to be asked to beta read Just Live, Juliette. I am even more honored to be able to call Stephanie my friend.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)