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New Release+Review: A Messy, Beautiful Life by Sara Jade Alan

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.

The cover of this book and the blurb caught my attention which made me curious to read. The book was a decent read but I had a hard time connecting to the story or characters. The main character is diagnosed with cancer but I felt like the author really didn’t get too invested with Ellie’s struggle. Yes, Ellie did have issues and was in denial but I wanted to see more angst and more struggle with her diagnosis and recovery. With the way the book was billed I was expecting more grit and raw emotion. This book had a quick gloss over certain areas and I would have liked the author to have gone into more detail and I feel like I would have enjoyed the story a lot more than I did. I did like the whole improv aspect which is something that I’ve never read about in YA or Romance. So I give the author credit for being creative.

3 Book Corner Stars 
*Review copy was provided by Netgalley*

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