Title: Happy Birthday To Me
Author: Brian Rowe
Publication Date: April 5, 2011
Source: From author for review.
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...
I enjoyed this book very much. The author did a great job with the characters. Some of them you will like some you will hate. Anybody who has gone to high school can pick someone they know to fit the profile of each character. Some of the characters names are very original like Charisma and Liesal. My favorite is Cameron's best friend Wesley Craven. I know that’s not original, however, I love the fact that he hates his name but wants to be a director just like Wes Craven.
The plot is super great and one I had not heard of before. Cameron is a perfect seventeen year old boy who has it all. The pretty girlfriend who everyone wants, great family, and is star of the basketball team. In the beginning Cameron seems like a jerk who only thinks of his self. After pulling one too many tricks he wakes one morning to find he is getting older every day by a year.
What I liked most about this book is that we get to see Cameron go from being self-centered to being a good guy who learns what the important things in life really are. He has a lot of hard choices to make, the hardest one being staying in school or going to a hospital.
When he choices to stay in school I found myself cheering him on as he faces kids who make fun of him, an awful girlfriend and a crazy librarian. He also finds out who his true friends are and makes a new one in Liesal. Liesal is someone he has always looked over. She helps him adjust to his new life but there is more to her than anybody knows.
I recommend this book to everyone as it has it all. You can't go wrong with a book like this. An original plot, great characters, and very well written.
**Please Note: This review is an honest opinion and no monetary compensation was received.**
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