Thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for the complimentary e-ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
The Celebrants by Steven Rowley was basically created to hit me right in the feels. I’m convinced. A story of college friends who gather intermittently to host fake funerals for each other—where they genuinely share & talk & remind each other of their sustaining friendship, despite the distance between them—this book dared me not to feel the heavy weight & gratitude of my own lifelong friendships.
Addressing drug overdose and cancer among other topics, this read can make you feel grief & loss. But more than that, it’s about life & love & friendship, & the bonds that people can make & choose to perpetuate, even when life takes us in different directions.
Previously, friends have recommended The Guncle & after reading this one, I’m even more excited to check it out. I absolutely loved every page of this bright & shining book & wish I could give the characters—so lovely, so human, so forgiving, & so deserving of love—& my own friends—hugs.
5⭐️. Out 05/30.
CW: reference to Alec’s drug use. Jordan’s cancer. Other deaths mentioned. Describes finding Alec’s body. Reference to a secondary character’s HIV diagnosis.
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