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Book Review: Young Adult

Posted on Sep 15, 2017 |

A Messy, Beautiful Life by Sara Jade Alan


Young Adult

I love books that make me laugh out loud AND cry. There is a saying that about the connection between humor and pain, and that’s what this book proves: How to find humor from difficult situations.

This is an original novel with a great cast of characters. Ellie is a senior in high school who does improv comedy. She does improv competitions with her team against improv teams from other schools. One of the improvisers is a guy she’s crushed out over—and at a party she finds out he feels the same way! Life seems good. She’s planning for college, has a great relationship with her mom and a tense relationship with her dad, who remarried a woman Ellie is less than enthused about.

Just when she thinks maybe a relationship with Jason could be going somewhere, she discovers she has a rare cancer. Obviously, life is turned upside down.

She initially has a strained relationship with her stepbrother—I loved how that relationship evolved over the course of the book.

The characters are well drawn and believable. More important, all but the dad and stepmom are likeable. I highly recommend this young adult novel.

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