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Happy Birthday to Me (Birthday Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Brian Rowe graduated from Loyola Marymount University, where he studied English and Film. His fiction has appeared in The Absent Willow Review, Mobius Magazine, and Wilde Oats Magazine. He lives in Reno, Nevada.

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  • File Size: 586 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: April 5, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004VF69C8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #652,889 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Brian Rowe is the author of nine young adult novels, including the Happy Birthday to Me trilogy. He is currently pursuing his MA in English-Writing at the University of Nevada, Reno, and is hard at work on his next novel.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Avery Greaves on April 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
***May contain spoilers***

I found the premise of this story to be a bit too similar to Alex Flinn's "Beastly" for my liking. We have an arrogant/ overly cocky popular boy who is obsessed with his looks (however his father is even more so obsessed with his son's looks). We have a somewhat unusual female character who places a curse upon said cocky boy when he is a complete jerk-face to her. We see boy outraged at said curse, though with time we see him come to terms with the fact that he was previously a jerk-face and do a complete 180 and become a humble and understanding person and we see boy fall in love with a somewhat unpopular/ wallflower girl (a girl with red curly hair). I also thought that this quote from the book, "Mr. Martin... You should look on the outside like you do on the inside. On the inside you are a stupid, selfish little man incapable of feeling or thinking anything worth a damn", was way too similar to the lines from the "Beastly" novel and film, "You are as aggressively unattractive on the outside as you are in the inside", and "You are ugly now, on the inside, where it matters most and if you ever lost your good looks, I bet you wouldn't be smart enough to get them back. You are beastly." (However, if you have yet to read "Beastly"- or see the movie I suppose- I doubt you will know of such similarities and therefore you will not be bothered by this fact at all.)

Furthermore, I felt that at times, especially towards the end of the book, that there was way too much going on (ie. instant undying love, witchcraft, etc.) and that there was way TMI expressed/ unnecessary events in the plotline (ie. projectile vomit, Cameron and his mother's bedroom scene, Cameron and his crazy school's librarian bedroom scene, and this quote, "...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sarita Lopez on December 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
Happy Birthday to Me, is simply amazing. Cameron Martin is your typical, "Girls want him, Guys want to be him" type of guy. He's good looking, has a great body, and a sexy girlfriend. But when he starts taking people for granted thinking that he will never see the consequences of his actions, THINGS GO WRONG!! After celebrating one to many fake birthdays just for the yummy chocolate cake, and treating a waitress a bit bad, he's cursed! When he wakes up the next day, he feels facial stuble thats never been there before, then his well toned body is starting to get flabby and for some strange reason that he can't explain, it looks like he's getting older.

Cameron has to try to figure out what's wrong with himself before time runs out. In that time, he's sees his girlfriend for who she really is, and also finds out who his friends really are. He learns to appreciate the things he has, as well as life in and of itself.

For those who have seen the movies Seventeen Again and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, I'd say that this book is the perfect combination of both. Rowe brings many different emotions to this book, it's funny, sad, heartbreaking and most of all heartwarming.

Would I recommend this book to anyone?? I already have.

As far as rating goes:

5 out of 5 hearts!! Loved!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Missy on June 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book has left me speechless for several days, and I hope that I am eloquent enough to pull off a review that does this book the justice that it deserves. Obviously, I think it's amazing. The premise is something that I haven't experienced in my history of reading, and this was one incredible story to introduce the concept to me. Unfortunately, now, they're may be too high of standards for any book to follow in Happy Birthday To Me's footsteps -- well, except maybe for the sequel. ;)

One of the biggest and most significant things to note about this book was character growth, especially with our main character Cameron. He started out as someone that wasn't exactly the greatest of characters to follow, but soon changed into someone wonderful. He went from jerk to a guy with a huge heart - really, I think it was one of the best things about the book. The love interest was interesting, something that I wasn't expecting but was kind of hoping for through most of the novel. There was no insta-love which, again, was a bonus. I think I had the hardest time with the people in Cameron's life, which were both family and friends. I don't know if I would classify them all as insensitive or uncaring.. or maybe both. I just didn't like the way they treated Cameron, but I'm glad that this didn't bring him down.

The storyline was simply remarkable with a perfect progression for the tone of the book and never left you hanging. The writing was impeccable and Brian Rowe did an incredible job portraying a teenager that had to deal with something that most teenagers would never have to experience along with having to go through everything that all teenagers have to deal with on top of it all. I hate to classify this book, so I'll just say this is one of those great Young Adult books that needs to be read by everyone.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ashley on December 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
Happy Birthday to Me is basically a mix between The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (in reverse), and Beastly by Alex Flinn. I thought I would enjoy it quite a bit, because it seemed interesting, but, honestly, I'm not that impressed.

Brian Rowe is definitely a talented writer, but his style wasn't consistent. I think it could use a bit of polishing, and it'll be really good. He just wrote with these little quirks that bugged me--like his overuse CAPITALIZING WORDS. ENTIRE SENTENCES WOULD BE CAPITALIZED, AND IT JUST MADE EVERYONE SEEM LIKE THEY WERE HARD OF HEARING AND SHOUTED ALL THE TIME. You see how that starts to lose its potency the more you read it? Also, there were just some grammar mistakes regarding the dialogue that bugged me too. But Brian does have a talent for writing, with nice descriptions and a pretty quick moving pace. Things didn't take long to build up, which was good.

I also had issues with a lot of the characters. They were just so... cold. I've seen a lot of people complain about Cameron's dad, and with good reason! Cameron's father was a plastic surgeon, and he was so preoccupied with superficial looks and things like his son getting a basketball scholarship that he didn't seem to care that his son was pretty much on the fast track to death. I really hated him, and he never really redeemed himself in my eyes. None of the other characters really stood out for me, either. Cameron annoyed me for a good majority of the novel, with his arrogance, and his girlfriend and 'best friend', Charisma and Wesley fell flat.

I found the concept of the novel pretty cool though. The fact that there is actually a disease called Progeria that causes rapid aging is really fascinating.
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