Thursday, July 19, 2012

Happy Birthday To Me Review

Author: Brian Rowe
Release date: April 7, 2011
Pages: 175
Publisher: Self-pubbed
How I got it: For review from the author 
Seventeen-year-old Cameron Martin has a huge problem: he’s aging a whole year of his life with each passing day! 
High school is hard enough; imagine rapidly aging from seventeen to seventy in a matter of weeks, with no logical explanation, and with prom, graduation, and the state championship basketball game all on the horizon. That’s what happens to Cameron, a popular pretty boy who's never had to face a day looking anything but perfect.
All Cameron wants to do is go back to normal, but no one, not even the best doctors, can diagnose his condition. 
When he finds love with a mysterious young woman, however, he realizes his only hope for survival might be with the one person who started his condition in the first place...
Happy Birthday to Me was an ok read. Its length made it fast, but it definitely could've been better.

Cameron was your stereotypical idiot jock boy with a stereotypical heartless popular girlfriend. Their high school could be any other tv or book high school. Basically, know going into this book that it's not entirely original.

However, it flew by, and despite the minor issues I had with it I did end up enjoying it a decent amount, though I still didn't love it by any means. (Major pet peeve: Why, for instance, would Cameron's dad be mad at Cameron for wanting to be an architect? Are these rich people problems? I don't understand.) Overall, it was one of those books I ended up just being indifferent about.

By the way, it's a dollar on Kindle, so it's not like you're losing much if you hate it.

Plot: Pretty predictable and cliched.
Characters: Alright but I didn't connect with any of them.
Writing: Sometimes a bit awkward, but other than that ok.
Ending: Saw it coming. There's a sequel that I don't think I'll be reading, but it'll definitely take the series in a different direction.
Mature content: There was mentions of sex and swearing.
Eh, it was ok. I'd probably put it down to talk to people without much regret.
Happy Birthday to Me was not the best or worst book I've ever read, and it probably won't stand out in my mind. However, it was a decent way to spend a few hours.


  1. I remember you talking about this on twitter, I'm glad you ended up enjoying it a little bit! Also I had a giggle at "Are these rich people problems? I don't understand" what a weird thing to get mad about!

  2. "Why, for instance, would Cameron's dad be mad at Cameron for wanting to be an architect? Are these rich people problems? I don't understand."

    Hahaha. The premise sounds interesting. I'd probably check it out if I had the time to! Great review, Jessica :)

  3. "Rich people problems" LOL.... Entertaining review. Sorry, you didn't like this one more. The synopsis sounded very interesting.


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