Friday, June 13, 2014

"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 and her 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.

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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.

Chelsea can be found at: website, Twitter

My Review:
I really enjoyed this book, it is a journey of self-discovery, working through grief and trying to find happiness, real happiness in life. This is a quick summery read, light at times and yet soul searching as it addresses thoughts and feelings working through grief and coping with the death of one's mother.  The story line was sweet with Avery discovering the travel plans made by her mother and the journal as this was another chance for Avery to be connected with her mother.  This is an excellent story that will remind the reader to treasure life and each moment that we are given with our loved ones. 

To read other reviews included on this blog tour go here!

*Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour and for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

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