‘Believe Me’: A perfect ending for Shatter Me fans


Sarin Khatcherian

Believe Me was published on November 16, 2021 and has an average rating of 4.22 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

*Warning: This review contains spoilers for Imagine Me*

The moment Shatter Me fans have been waiting for all year is finally here! When the author of the Shatter Me book series, Tahereh Mafi, ended the sixth book of the series, Imagine Me, without a wedding, fans were disappointed that they did not get to read about Warner’s and Juliette’s special day. Surprising her fans, she released the series’ final novella Believe Me on November 16, 2021.

Believe Me was a bit different from the series’ usual action-packed theme, taking on a more romantic and gentle tone and creating a nice and pleasant ending to the series. The captivating novella is told from Aaron Warner’s point of view and takes its readers through his struggles after saving the world with his team (Juliette Ferrars, Kenji Kishimoto, Nazeera Ibrahim, and the Sanctuary). The novella starts off from the last chapter of Imagine Me and shows Juliette and Warner preparing Juliette’s new and cheap wedding dress after Kenji accidentally destroyed her flawless, custom made dress. However, with all the chaos of taking on the role of rebuilding the world after defeating the Reestablishment, it has been difficult for Warner and Juliette to have their wedding. With Juliette now being the most famous heroine in the world, she has been distracted, so Warner experiences loneliness without the love of his life around all the time. What Warner is not aware of is how deep Juliette’s love for him goes and how much she cares about their wedding… 

Tahereh Mafi does an excellent job of describing the new world, the beautiful wedding, Warner’s troubling thoughts, and his relationship with Juliette and his friends, like Kenji (even though Warner would never admit that Kenji is his friend). The novella gives insight into the trauma twenty-year-old Warner has to endure after coming so close to death multiple times, as well as his opening mindset, as he learns to forgo his usual cold and blocked-off personality and to embrace all the friendships he never knew he could have. In addition, the readers are also able to experience his undying love for Juliette, including scenes that will cause the butterflies in their stomach to take flight. 

Believe Me is the perfect book for fans who just can’t get enough of all the heartwarming “Warnette” scenes in addition to Kenji’s and Warner’s hilarious bickering. Shatter Me fans will enjoy seeing the deserving teenage heroes and heroines finally getting the happy ending they deserve.