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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.
Lovely review, Bekah. Been eyeing this one for a while – since getting the Litfuse invite, but I didn’t sign up because I was overwhelmed with books at the time. Now, I know this one will be a must-read. Thanks for convincing me. 🙂
Bekah M. says
Thank you! I almost did the exact same thing…I had too many books on my plate but I simply couldn’t resist signing up for this tour. I really love the young adult romance genre and this one is definitely up there with the best of them. Thanks for commenting. 🙂
The Girl who Loved to Write says
I seriously cannot tell you how much this review means to me. Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the time to read and review this! You have truly made my week with your sweet words…you have no idea how much they encouraged me! xoxo
Bekah M. says
I really loved your book and was only too happy to review it. I meant every word. Thank you for writing such a beautiful book and for sharing Avery’s story! You’ve inspired me to be genuinely thankful for life.
Thanks for dropping by! 🙂