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“Fun, fresh—a brilliant love story with a twist.” —Jenny Colgan, author of
The Bookshop on the Corner
Bridget Jones meets “The Good Place” in this witty and poignant novel about a woman whose untimely death sparks the journey of a lifetime
Rule one: anything can happen
Daisy Cooper’s life is just getting started, when suddenly it ends. Surprised to find herself in an Afterlife processing center, she is even more stunned to learn that she wasn’t meant to die for another fifty years. One terrible, embarrassing clerical error is behind it—and an administrator named Death is to blame.
But death, as they say, is final, and Daisy must now navigate this impossible new world. With the help of an unlikely ally, Daisy begins to realize that letting go isn’t just a challenge faced by those left behind. And as she learns how to survive this strange reality, friendship, hope and love begin to come alive in the most unexpected ways.
I’m sure everyone knows the saying ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’. This saying is ingrained in our society; it can be used to describe a manner of things that should not be judged by their outward appearance. And yet, despite the prevalence of this saying, I still find myself judging books by their cover. The colour scheme, the font, the images (if there are any), and the blurbs – all of these elements on the front cover of a book contribute to my initial thoughts and expectations. Even when I consciously tell myself to not judge a book by its outward appearance, I still find myself doing it.
Based on the cover of Daisy Cooper’s Rules for Living by Tamsin Keily, I was expecting a light-hearted, fun read. Something to take my mind off the current troubles of the world. Instead, I found myself reading a poignant, thought-provoking, and actually quite deep book. Reading this book was an emotional experience for me. I lost track of the number of times I found myself in tears.
I went into this book expecting some light relief from my anxiety that is currently heightened by everything that is going on, and instead I had a bit of a cathartic experience. It was beautiful, and it was healing.
One of my favourite aspects of this book is how each chapter starts with a lesson, which is then relevant to that chapter. There are twenty eight lessons in total. I know that the inclusion of lessons at the start of each chapter may sound a bit patronising, but I can assure you that it does not come across that way at all (at least in my opinion). I actually found each one to be quite important, and I have actually written them all down. They are all fairly simple, but important, rules to live by such as ‘kindness is a superpower’ and ‘find the world’s magic’. I actually found each one to be incredibly uplifting considering everything that is going on right now. I can hardly think of a better time to reflect on the importance of life and what we can all learn from it.
I am honestly so impressed by this book. Each character is so well-rounded and unique. I became emotionally invested in the well-being of these characters. It takes a really talented author to form this relationship between reader and character, and Tamsin Keily did a brilliant job. Daisy Cooper’s Rules for Living is one of those books that will stick with me for a long time. I highly recommend it.
Thank you for reading my review. I’d love to know your thoughts in the comments below.