Title: Happy Birthday To Me
Author: Brian Rowe
Publication Date: April 7, 2011
Pages: 175 (e-book)
Source: From Author
Summary via Goodreads:
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 on the horizon.
That’s what happens to Cameron, a mischievous pretty boy who has never had to face a day looking anything but perfect. It starts with a slowing metabolism, followed by gray hair, wrinkles, and heart palpitations. Within days his girlfriend dumps him, his plastic surgeon father forces him to get a facelift, and his terrifying high school librarian seduces him to have sex with her.
All he 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 young woman who may or may not be an all-powerful witch, he realizes that the only hope for his survival might be with the one person who instigated his condition in the first place…
Happy Birthday To Me, the first book from Brian Rowe’s Birthday Trilogy, is a fast-paced and entertaining read about a boy named Cameron. He’s your regular popular guy; he’s close to perfect in terms of physical aspect, he’s the star player of his high school basketball team and he’s dating one of the hottest girls at their school, plus his father is a successful plastic surgeon but his almost perfect life changed when he woke up one day discovering that he’s aging a year with each passing day!
Brian Rowe’s writing style is interesting. I didn’t feel bored in any of the pages and the pacing of the story is just perfect. There’s humor, romance and also emotional aspect in the story that Rowe executed effectively and I commend him for that.
The story pulled me in from the very first page. I knew I’m going to enjoy this story because the plot sounds really interesting plus Cameron’s voice is really powerful. I enjoyed his character despite the fact that he can be a jerk sometimes. What I really liked about Cameron is his spirit. After discovering his life-altering fate, he still insists on going to school and graduate. I mean, I imagined myself being in his position and I thought if that happened I wouldn’t have any idea on what to do with my life, but Cameron carry on with his and I appreciate that. Another character that I genuinely enjoyed is Wesley, Cameron’s best friend, he’s quite naive but he’s very loyal and had been an amazing friend to Cameron through thick and thin.
I thought Liesl was a great character in the story too although at times, I find myself craving for a tad more depth in her chemistry with Cameron but I enjoyed their relationship overall.
I genuinely enjoyed this book. I’m giving this 4 out of 5 stars and I highly recommend this to all YA fiction fans and to all who wants a great read with wonderful characters with entertaining plot.
I received this free e-book from author, Brian Rowe, in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my review on this book.