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Friday, June 20, 2014

Review: Happy to Be Alive, Because by Chelsea Jacobs

About the book:
Avery is a seventeen-year-old girl whose reality has just been shattered by the death of her mother. Feeling a desperate need to flee from what has become her life, she follows a travel plan meant for her mom that leads her to the little beach town where her mom grew up. It's there that she meets a group of three adventurous friends who adopt her into their circle, allowing her to experience a summer she never thought would be possible after suffering such a great loss. Unfortunately, her summer full of experiences threatens to end abruptly when she realizes that one of the three has a secret that causes her to question everything about the new life she has been building. Avery must learn to balance her grief and her desire for a future in order to achieve her mother's final wish for her: That she would be happy to be alive.
My rating:
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My thoughts:

Happy To Be Alive, Because was a great debut novel. I really liked the story and characters. Siblings Lily and Major were probably my favorites, just because they were so much fun, but I also liked the main characters - Avery and Rob. The characters were relatable and I was surprised by Rob's reveal...he definitely impressed me by how caring and helpful he was to Avery. 

I loved some of the little things in this book - Avery's "Happy To Be Alive, Because" journal and the "Take a new favorite, leave an old favorite" book swap at the coffee shop. Such neat ideas!

I would have liked a little more closure with the ending and there were a couple things in the story that kind of bugged me; but, other than that, a really good story and I recommend it to fans of YA fiction.

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  1. This sounds like a fun book, I skipped it because of a busy review schedule at the time, thought I'd still like to read it sometime. Thanks for the great review, Melanie. :)

    1. It was a fun book, but also sad at times because of the fact that the main character recently lost her mom. I still really liked it, for the most part. Thanks for stopping by, Rissi! :)

  2. That it is! :) Thanks for commenting, Vicki. :)


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