How We Met by Katy Regan

There are some people you can’t imagine life without. What, at the end of it all, is really important? Liv and her friends can’t imagine a life different from now: freedom, lifelong friendships, and dreams that are still within their reach. Then, Liv dies. For those left behind – Mia, Fraser, Anna, Norm and Melody – everything stops. Their lives and dreams frozen in time. In the years that follow, they decide to meet on Liv’s birthday to raise a toast and celebrate her life, even though none of them are living their own – not really.
Time marches inexorably on, and yet without Liv, the lynchpin of the group, they are all flailing. Mia and Fraser are quietly falling apart because of the secret they share. As truths become unearthed and their friendships become tested to the limit. They have to ask themselves – is it time to get on with the business of actually living?
When Liv dies, she leaves behind five friends faced with the task of carrying on. But how do you carry on when everything you know has changed?
Holding on to the memory of their loved one, the gang bevome surprised when Liv’s ‘Things to do before I’m 30’ list surfaces. In what seems to be a fitting tribute to Liv, the group decide they will complete the list in her honour. Following that piece of paper is going to change their lives more than they will ever know. And soon they will realise that when they lost her, they lost themselves too!
Five friends, five lives, one loss that will connect them forever.
Katy Regan shares with us this beautifully written story that has so much depth and meaning I feel I should be issuing it out to everyone, its a life lesson in a book. LIVE FOR TODAY, BECAUSE WHO KNOWS IF THERE WILL BE A TOMORROW!
I felt like I travelled with all the characters as they learnt to live their life without Liv and their new role within their group.
All the characters pulled at my heartstrings but I felt the most for Melody. With her, it really is what you see is what you get. And the character that shocked me the most was Anna, I had an idea as to what her problem was but never the depth with which she felt it.
But the character that I felt put the book into perspective was Mrs Durham. She shows that no matter what your age, you should still live life, love life and make the most of what you have.
I cannot recommend this book enough. A heartfelt read about friendship, loss, love and life!

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