Thursday, June 12, 2014
HAPPY TO BE ALIVE, BECAUSE
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.
It's pretty easy to get lost in this story, Avery is a sweet girl going through grief and heartache with the loss of her mother. She has the type personality where you can't help but like her immediately. The story itself is pretty emotional, the plot is really good.
Avery finds out it is possible to go with life, a trip to the beach...new friends...Rob was very patient and kind with her though he may be hiding something. It's a fun journey to be on with this cast of characters.
I love the idea of a happy to be alive because journal and may start one myself. Overall, a pretty good book for a first novel.
I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.