Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Book Review: Happy to Be Alive, Because by Chelsea Jacobs


  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: NyreePress Publishing (April 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0991541200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0991541201
  • 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 and her 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 Review: I really enjoyed this descriptive book.  You can tell I enjoy a book by how fast I read it.....that is if I can't put it down it's a winner on my shelf.  It took me less than 24 hours to read Happy to be Alive, Because.  I quite liked the character of Major and his quirky yet straightforward style.  I loved the beauty of two people finding each other through the tragedy of their parents.  I can relate as my husband of 13 years met me when his mother and my grandfather died on the same day we bonded.  I didn't inherit a house, but the love I got is just as magical as Rob and Avery's.

    • About the Author:

    Chelsea grew up with an immense love for words--both reading them and writing them. She obtained her degree in English and has spent the time since then getting married to her high school sweetheart and chasing adventure so she'll have something to write about.
    When she's not drinking copious amounts of coffee while writing, she spends her time reading, playing with her puppy named Gatsby, and dreaming, always dreaming.

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    Views expressed are 100% my own and have not been influenced in anyway.   I was supplied a book for review purposes and not financially compensated in anyway.  

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