Pack Up The Moon by Kristan Higgins | Audiobook Review

Why Did I Listen To Pack Up The Moon by Kristan Higgins?

I genuinely love reading books by Kristan Higgins — I’ve followed her pivot from contemporary romance with HQN to women’s fiction with Berkley. For the most part, what she writes I will read. Pack Up The Moon appealed to me because it has a premise that I’ve read before and liked. That premise being when a person dies and leaves behind letters for their spouse a la PS I Love You. I went with the audiobook because I’ve honestly really enjoyed experiencing Higgins’ women’s fiction books via audio. Turns out I also really enjoyed Pack Up The Moon via audio.

What’s The Story Here?

Pack Up The Moon is about Lauren and Josh, a young couple who might as well be perfect. They hardly fight. They work fabulous jobs and are very successful. Things are going so great, that is, until Lauren is diagnosed with a fatal lung disease. Lauren writes Josh a series of letters, one per month, to carry him through the year after she dies. Each letter comes with a task. The book is structured so we read about Josh receiving the letters, coping, and doing what the letters ask. This alternates with chapters providing perspective of Lauren writing the letters and coming to terms with her disease. Along the way Josh learns to lean into his friends and family and eventually find love again.

What Did I Think Of Pack Up The Moon by Kristan Higgins?

I really LOVED Pack Up The Moon. It hurt my heart, some scenes. I found myself really invested in Lauren and Josh — and even though I know certain things were inevitable, I just kept hoping for a miracle – even though we begin the book with Lauren dead pretty much. What a testament to love though and its transformative power. I wish that Lauren and Josh had gotten longer, but their relationship was beautiful and raw and real. Also, that ending. It was just perfect. I loved how all the threads wove together in the end. Also, loved Josh’s character development and just how much he has to grow and come out of his shell. I think that this just might be my favorite book by Higgins so far. I will absolutely be pursuing a copy for my shelves.

How’s The Narration?

The audiobook of Pack Up The Moon has two narrators – Xe Sands and Dion Graham. Xe Sands narrates the chapters from Lauren’s perspective and Dion Graham narrates the chapters from Josh’s perspective. I loved this choice by the audiobook producer to have two narrators. Both Sands and Graham just absolutely nail it. I think because the audiobook was so good that also was such a big factor in my love for this book. If you haven’t read or listened to anything from Kristan Higgins, let this be where you start.


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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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  1. Lovely review April. I also loved Pack Up the Moon and I’m a huge Kristan Higgins fan. I read the e-book and will buy a hardcopy soon. Also, I think Xe Sands is a terrific narrator, she’s one of my favorite.

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