Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Book Review: Happy Birthday To Me by Brian Rowe


Released:  April 2011
Review Format:  Kindle Edition
Source:  Received from the author
Pages:  n/a
Series:  Birthday Trilogy #1

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...

What an excellent premise. Can you imagine ageing a whole year each day of your life? When I was offered this book to review I was so intrigued by the synopsis that I just had to say yes.

When we first meet the main character, Cameron, he’s the kind of lad who knows he’s good looking, a real catch and he’s actually a really obnoxious guy. He enjoys basketball, which he is good at and his girlfriend Charisma who happens to be the best looking girl in school. Then Cameron is hit by this mysterious aging illness and no one can help him. The doctors and his family are looking for answers. None of them understand what’s happening to Cameron. But one person does…

As his illness progressed, he became more aware that looks just aren’t everything and his thoughts and feelings towards others gradually changed, as did there’s towards him. At this point I actually started to like Cameron a lot more. I also started to dislike his dad even more than I did at the beginning of the story. Someone shoot that man now!

Although it got quite heart-breaking watching as Cameron got older and older, there were a lot of hilarious moments which had me laughing out loud. This book definitely brings a mixed bag of emotions with it.

Happy Birthday to Me is a quick and funny read, although there are points where you’ll need a box of tissues nearby. Would I recommend it? Yes, a good book to read if you need a good giggle.

My rating:  3 stars


Raimy-rawr said...

very interesting idea! I may have to check this one out!! :)

StephTheBookworm said...

I've been wanting to read this one. It sounds like a lot of fun.

Gina @ My Precious said...

Sounds like a fresh ya book with a take home message. Thanks for the introduction and convincing review.