Thursday, January 5, 2012

Happy Bithday to me & Happy Birthday to me again by Brian Rowe

Publisher:  CreateSpace
Date:  April 5, 2011
ISBN: 978-1461071792
Pages: 322

I received this ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Upon reading the summary of this book, I thought that it sounded really interesting. 

17 year old Cameron has it all - star of the basketball team, hot girlfriend, rich family, lots of friends.  Then suddenly he begins aging quickly, a year for every day. 

Cameron comes off as extremely self-centered and arrogant.  I know he's a 17 year old boy, but it seemed very exaggerated.  I was disturbed by how he kept trying to convince his girlfriend to have sex with him and by how she refused until he 'became a man'  - meaning not until he could grow a beard.

There's a sexual scene with an elderly librarian that was also quite disturbing.  I think that if the sex stuff was left out the book would be just that much better.  Neither seemed to serve any purpose to the storyline. 

Cameron keeps stating that he gets it and he's changing but he doesn't really seem to be changing.  He's entirely too unlikable as a character, I wasn't sad that he might die.  Cameron's family seem to be thrown in there just to show how well-off he is and where he gets his arrogance from. 

In  short, I think that if the author had a fabulous editor, it could be really good.  It's a great concept, it just needs some tidying up and polishing.

Publisher:  CreateSpace
Date:  September 22, 2011
ISBN: 978-1466371088
Pages:  312

I received this ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

So, Cameron is back and now he's losing a year every day instead of gaining a year every day.  The story is much the same.  Cameron is foolish and does stupid things that get him into trouble.  Then he swears he's learned something from it.

I still think that a great editor (or an extremely HONEST friend) would be helpful here.  The capitalization of sentences and the shouting are too rampant for reading pleasure.  Cameron is no more likable in this story than in the last one.  He seems just as immature and self-centered.

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