Monday, June 23, 2014

Happy to Be Alive (Review)

This review is for the book "Happy to be Alive, Because" by Chelsea Jacobs. This story follows the journey of Avery, who is seventeen years old. Avery has just lost her mother and in the beginning of the book the reader finds her floundering. Most people are trying to help her move on from her mom's death or saying too many cliches. Then she finds out that her mom was planning a special trip, just the two of them, to visit her hometown. Spontaneously, Avery decides to take the trip by herself.

The rest of the book is about the healing process that Avery goes through. She meets some incredible friends who help her over the hump, so to speak. She starts journaling because her mom did the same thing. Her mom always wrote in her journal, "I'm happy to be alive because...." and would write something different every day. In her honor, Avery begins doing the same thing, although it is really tough at first.

There is a small twist at the end of the book. Most people who are avid readers will probably have some idea of how it will end, but it's still a great story. I can't figure out if Chelsea Jacobs has more books written or not (I think this is her first) but I can't wait to follow her career. A great summer read and original story.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity and Nyree Press for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

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