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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Happy Birthday to Me

Happy Birthday to Me
by Brian Rowe

175 pages
Published April 7, 2011

This book was provided to us by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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...

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I'm not quite sure what to say about this book. I really liked the idea of this high school kid aging a year every day. I thought there were so many fantastic ways this story could go.

Unfortunately, I didn't find the main character even remotely likeable. Although, to be fair, he's supposed to be a self-absorbed jerk. I just had a really hard time caring about the fact that he was going to die in a few short weeks, and I felt like I ought to be able to scrape together some sympathy for his situation.

The one thing I really liked is that even though he was aging so quickly, and was a little picked-on because of that, he wanted to continue his normal life: going to school, graduating, etc.

2/5 stars

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