Sunday, June 15, 2014
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.
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If I was to sum up this book in one word it would be beautiful. That was what I kept thinking as I devoured page after page every spare chance I had yesterday. I didn't know what to expect going in since this is a debut author whom I hadn't heard of before getting the email about reviewing her book, but I absolutely loved it! Chelsea had a brilliant way of making you feel every emotion and even brought tears to my eyes a couple times. I loved Avery and my heart broke for her. I felt like we had a bit of similarities in our personalities and that just made me love her even more. And Rob was fantastic and I loved how he always seemed to know when to say things and when to just be there without saying anything. The author did a fantastic job of making him endearing while still keeping bits of a teenage guy in there. I also loved Major and Lily and how great of friends they were. There were several little surprises at the end and I loved them all like I loved just about every minute of this book! I especially loved the idea of a Happy to be Alive, Because... journal and I just may start one of my own. If you are a fan of amazing books then I highly recommend this one and I cannot wait to see what else this author has for us!
P.S. I just adore this cover! Don't you?!
Meet 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.
Chelsea can be found at: The Girl Who Loved to Write, Twitter
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.