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Avery is a seventeen-year-old girl who just lost her mother to cancer. Feeling pressured to have a plan and needing to escape the never ending grief that has become her life, Avery decides to take a trip to her mother’s old hometown of Glynn Springs, California. She meets three genuine people who fast become beloved friends and soon she begins to feel alive again—something she didn’t think possible after first arriving. A hauntingly beautiful story about finding joy amidst pain, Happy to Be Alive, Because will make you feel exactly as the title proclaims—happy to be alive.
Happy to Be Alive, Because is one of my new favorites. Serious yet lighthearted, this story was achingly and beautifully raw. Warning: you may need tissues. It made me cry with sympathy and laugh along with the characters. It made me thankful for the little things and all the blessings in my life. I can’t imagine what it would be like to lose someone so important to you, but I got a glimpse into such grief reading Avery’s story. Avery, Rob, Lily, and Major felt like real people. They weren’t perfect or stereotypical—they had real emotions, mistakes, and awkward exchanges. Chelsea Jacobs is an extremely talented storyteller. I will be reading every single one of her books from now on!
From page one, I could not put this book down. I literally finished it in one day. I can’t recommend it enough! If you enjoy young adult, romance, or just a beautiful story—please try Happy to Be Alive, Because. My only complaint about this book was that it ended too soon. I want more!
**I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own.