Monday, April 9, 2012

Happy Birthday to Me by Brian Rowe Review

Title: Happy Birthday to Me (Birthday Trilogy #1)
Author: Brian Rowe
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Humor
Page Count: 322 pages
Publish Date: April 11, 2011
Book Type: Kindle book provided for review
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781461071792
ASIN: B004VF69C8
From Goodreads: 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...
My Review: This cover just really makes me want cake. Mmm.
I really liked the main character, Cameron. He was, by no means, perfect, which is what made him so likable to me. It’s always fun to read books with a male protagonist--especially ones written by a male author. Different perspectives! 

I wish some of the supporting characters had been developed a bit more, but they were fun too! Sometimes it’s hard to really get to know secondary characters when a book is in first person. I found myself becoming attached to quite a few of the characters. I’m excited to revisit them in the next book, Happy Birthday to Me Again.

Happy Birthday to Me is really a classic story, but told in a fresh way. Aging was a new tool to bring about change in the main character, which was entertaining to read. Throughout the book, the story reminded me of Beastly quite a bit and I enjoyed that. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be the same kind of deal, but I liked the similarities. 

What would you do if you started aging a year each day? It would surely be terrifying.

Thanks to Brian Rowe for this review copy!


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