Debut Author of the Week: Julie Israel JUNIPER LEMON’S HAPPINESS INDEX

I have heard nothing but amazing things about Julie Israel’s debut novel Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index! This book sounds like it covers a wide array of emotion, which is certainly something that I look for in s contemporary YA novel. I also ADORE the idea of a happiness index itself. That is something I would really like to implement in my own life. This book is coming out on Tuesday, and I cannot wait to pick this one up!


About Julie

*From Julie’s Website*

1451293051.pngJe suis Julie. I hold a B.A. in Creative Writing but am prouder of things like my by-the-seat-of-the-pants experience teaching English in Japan, self-taught progress with guitar and liquid eyeliner, my pursuit of languages and delicious words: relámpago, お花見, maquillage.

I’ve been an artist since I could mar walls with crayon and a writer since grade-school parodies, but chose to study writing because I thought I’d have a better chance landing a job with it (Oh, my sweet summer self). I’m now pursuing my dreams with reckless abandon: noveling first, making art on the side.

Repped by Susan Hawk of Upstart Crow Literary. My first book, JUNIPER LEMON’S HAPPINESS INDEX, will be out May 30th, 2017 with Kathy Dawson Books/Penguin.


About Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index

31123261It’s been sixty-five days since the accident that killed Juniper’s sister, and ripped Juniper’s world apart.

Then she finds the love letter: written by Camilla on the day of the accident, addressed mysteriously to “You,” but never sent. Desperate to learn You’s identity and deliver the message, Juniper starts to investigate.

Until she loses something. A card from her Happiness Index: a ritual started by sunny Camie for logging positives each day. It’s what’s been holding Juniper together since her death – but a lost card only widens the hole she left behind. And this particular card contains Juniper’s own dark secret: a memory she can’t let anyone else find out.

The search for You and her card take Juniper to even less expected places, and as she connects with those whose secrets she upturns in the effort, she may just find the means to make peace with her own.

This is a smart, funny, poignant book guaranteed to make you laugh and cry – and maybe even take notes.

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The Details

  • Title: Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index
  • Author: Julie Israel
  • Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books
  • Pub Date: May 30, 2017

YA and Wine Pairing

I’ll be pairing this Juniper Estates Shiraz with Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index when it hits bookshelves on Tuesday! It’s complexity and depth of flavor certainly sound like they will perfectly pair with the complexity and depth of emotion to be uncovered in this  beautiful debut novel.

*All wine recommendations are strictly for those of legal drinking age only.*


Have you added Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index to your TBR list yet? What are some debut novels that you’re looking forward to this year?

12 thoughts on “Debut Author of the Week: Julie Israel JUNIPER LEMON’S HAPPINESS INDEX

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      I am really excited to drink that wine with this book. This will definitely have to be a sit down read, so I can enjoy it! This is one of my June contemps, but I definitely don’t think it’s in the fluffy/cheesy category.

  1. Books, Vertigo and Tea says:

    I absolutely love the idea of logging positive moments <3 I make a mental note at bedtime each night of each good thing that happened that day (a habit I acquired while learning to live with chronic illness). This sounds fun!

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