Book Review: Happy Birthday to Me by: Brian Rowe

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: CreateSpace

Publish Date: April 13, 2011

Origins: From Author for Review

Format: E-book

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: 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...

Review: Happy Birthday to Me is an interesting addition to the teen paranormal book scene. Cameron Martin is a jock and doesn't care for much except trying (and failing) to get into his girlfriend's pants and getting free birthday desserts every time he goes out to a restaurant with his friends and basketball teammates. However, his selfish and jerky attitude and behavior are going to cost him so much more than he ever thought imaginable - perhaps even his life.

Cameron is struck by a curse, which forces him to age a year per day. His mother and sister are scared, his girlfriend shows her true colors, and his plastic surgeon father is unhappy with anything but physical perfection from his son. Meanwhile, Cameron is learning that there is more to life than being a pretty boy who gets almost everything he wants. Can the person who cast this curse reverse it in time to save Cameron from dying of old age? Do they even want to?

I enjoyed Happy Birthday to Me because the plot and characters were very engaging. One drawback, for me at least, was that anytime someone raised their voice or full-on yelled it was known because the words would be in all caps. I personally felt that there would be a better way to convey the yelling other than all caps. Overall though, Mr. Rowe has brought us a fun book with some life lessons hidden within. 

Happy Birthday Series: Happy Birthday to Me (1), Happy Birthday to Me Again (2), Happy Birthday to You (3)


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