A Messy Beautiful LIfe
by Sara Jade Alan
Paperback: 220 Pages
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance (sweet)
Publisher: Entangled TEEN
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
Synopsis: Life is funny sometimes.
And not always the ha, ha kind. Like that one time where a hot guy tried to kiss me and I fell. Down. Hard. And then found out I had cancer.
I’m trying to be strong for my friends and my mom.
And I’m trying so hard to be “just friends” with that hot guy, even though he seems to want so much more. But I won’t do that to him. He’s been through this before with his family, and I’m not going to let him watch me die.
So, I tell myself: Smile Ellie. Be funny Ellie. Don’t cry Ellie, because once I start, I might not stop
Then reality hit. From the outside, it must have looked like a weird improv girl about to lie right on top of a strange boy. Onstage. In front of almost two hundred people.
I asked the publisher if I could read and review this book because the cover, title, and synopsis drew me in. I was a bit nervous because of the cancer ( I don’t like to read sad books), but I wanted to be strong and read about Ellie and Jason.
And this book did not disappoint. I could have read it in one sitting (if I wasn’t reading at midnight every time I opened it up) because the story goes from one thing to the next and you just want to know what happens and how everything works out.
How many people would wake up the next morning and learn their lives had been flipped upside-down for good or bad? And what about the other people? Those whose lives wouldn’t significantly change tomorrow, people simply sitting in front of the TV, waiting to get up for another ordinary day, never even considering how incredibly awesome their legs were.
What totally worked for me:
- Ellie and Jason… LOVE THEM
- Craig… period.
- Improv. I love when characters have quirky things and this time it was Las Palomas del Disco.
- Girl Friends for the win. Quinn and Hana are awesome friends for Ellie. I loved the way the author wrote their friendship. It wasn’t just Ellie and Jason and then the rest of the cast disappears.
- Parents. Often in YA the parents are non-existent or dead. In this book Ellie has her mom, her dad comes around, Jason’s dad is awesome, and even Quinn’s parents.
What didn’t quite work for me:
- I loved Craig. But would parents really leave him to live in a house alone his senior year of high school? I’ve never hear of that happening. I’m sure it does, but how sad.
- I don’t know, I’m stretching to find something here. I really enjoyed the book.
Needless to say, I think you should READ THIS BOOK.
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