Review: A Messy, Beautiful Life by Sara Jade Alan

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From Goodreads:

Life is funny sometimes.

And not always the ha, ha kind. Like that one time where a hot guy tried to kiss me and I fell. Down. Hard. And then found out I had cancer.

I’m trying to be strong for my friends and my mom.

And I’m trying so hard to be “just friends” with that hot guy, even though he seems to want so much more. But I won’t do that to him. He’s been through this before with his family, and I’m not going to let him watch me die.

So, I tell myself: Smile Ellie. Be funny Ellie. Don’t cry Ellie, because once I start, I might not stop.

Right before I read this, I made a decision to slow down my reading to only three books at any given time…and all in different formats (one physical book, one digital and one audio). I also decided to make my way through my Want to Read list on Goodreads and this was the first title that I chose.

I am not sure how this book ended up on my Want to Read list, and I don’t even remember purchasing it but there it was, waiting for me on my Kindle. I’m always up for reading from my Kindle queue so that made me happy, if not perplexed.

It was an okay book. It wasn’t another The Fault In Our Stars, so I’m grateful for that. I do like books that are sad, but sometimes it’s nice to come across a more positive spin on that type of read. However, I don’t this that this novel worked. I think it was just a bit too short, so the story was rushed…yet, it seemed to take forever for the actual story to emerge. The first chapter very nearly lost me, it was much too long, and it just threw the reader into a situation that just didn’t seem to make much sense unless you are fairly familiar with improv…though, I think that even then, there would be some head-scratching as improv does not exactly work well in written form. It’s one of those things where you have to see it.

I think it took three or even four chapters until I actually felt myself find my footing in the story and it was okay, not terrible, but not a book that I would recommend. It was too short but drawn out and then it just ended a little too neatly.




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