Series:Happy Birthday to Me
Author: Brian Rowe
Release Date: April 7, 2011
Source: 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!Review:The two things that made me want to read this book was the cover and the summary. It looked good but I was still skeptical about it. Would I like it as much as others had? I wasn’t sure about anything when I dived into this book. I’m happy to report that I liked this book a lot.
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...
Cameron was such a jerk in the beginning. The typical star athlete, he had the looks and the girlfriend and sure knew this. He was annoying, sometimes selfish, a jerk, and insensitive at times. As the story progresses, he changes into a guy who really and truly appreciates what he has. That, I think, was what made his so realistic. First, he acted just like a regular 17-year-old boy would (most of them anyways). Once reality hits him though, everything changes. Mostly his perspective of life and the people around him.
One iffy thing about this book was how insensitive the people around him were. His dad was one of the meanest jerks I’d ever read about, totally obsessed with money and his image. Some of the things that teachers did made me wonder if people were actually that mean.
The real romance was coming. I knew who the girl was going to be and I knew she’s the one who’d changed him. I liked seeing their relationship develop. Cameron noticed a girl who he normally wouldn’t have if it hadn’t been for his condition. The girl proved that there were actually good people in this world. People who cared and who saw you for who you really were.
Overall, I liked this book a lot. The writing wasn’t the best in the world and some things bugged me a lot but the plot, honestly, made up for it. I liked reading this book from the POV of a teen boy, something that I don’t see often enough!
Cover Comments: 4.5/5 I think it goes very well with the book with all the candles. I like that the title looks like smoke!