Friday, June 6, 2014

Litfuse Review: Happy To Be Alive, Because by:Chelsea Jacobs

Happy to Be Alive, Because
About the Book:
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 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.

About the Author:
Chelsea grew up with an immense love for words--both reading them and writing them. She obtained her degree in English and has spent the time since then getting married to her high school sweetheart and chasing adventure so she'll have something to write about.

When she's not drinking copious amounts of coffee while writing, she spends her time reading, playing with her puppy named Gatsby, and dreaming, always dreaming.

My Review:
 Our memories of our mother, whether good or bad seem to always linger on after their death. I know for many years I have had alot of trouble with those memories that were left behind for me. Not that they were bad memories, no they were the opposite and they were equally as painful to bear. Avery, the lead character was going through the same sort of pain after the loss of her mother, but then she found something that sort of put a slight stand still to her grief---however briefly.

 After her moms death, she found a travel itinerary and a container that was marked, "Surprise Trip For Avery" Bewildered as to why her mother never mentioned a trip, she decides to do some investigating to answer all of her questions about this. Soon she also finds her mother's happiness journal which sends her into another grief stricken fit. Avery soon finds herself on a plane headed to her mom's home town. Soon she is taken on an adventure she will never forget.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse Publicity.