Title: Happy Birthday to Me
Author: Brian Rowe
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: April 7, 2011
Source: Review copy from author
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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 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...
Missy's take -
Cameron is exactly how you would imagine a high school jock to be. Popular, arrogant and going out with the hottest girl in school. All he cares about is finally sleeping with his girlfriend, Charisma and taking his high school basketball team to the finals his senior year. He is selfish and doesn't have time for anything that he doesn't want to do.
All of this changes however, when he realizes that he is aging rapidly. Like a year older a day rapidly. I loved how the chapters in each book portrayed him at each age. We are along the journey with him through his 20's and 30's and so on. We see the struggles that he goes through to try and find a cure for the disease and to attempt to continue living his teenage life in the process. He slowly starts to come to the realization that maybe he wasn't as great as he originally thought. That maybe there are more important things in life then his hot girlfriend.
It was really nice to see him progress as a character. Kind of learning all of the mistakes of his past. It was just unfortunate that it took a life threatening disease to make him wake up. He eventually finds out the source of this deadly curse on him and battles to get his life back before it is gone too soon.
Overall I really enjoyed this one. It was a really quick read for me and kept me interested throughout. There are some paranormal elements to the story and I love how unique the plot was. From my understanding this is part of a trilogy and the next book, Happy Birthday to Me Again, is scheduled to be released sometime in September of this year. I can't wait to see where the story goes!