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Happy Birthday to Me

Happy Birthday to Me

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by Brian Rowe

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Seventeen-year-old Cameron Martin has a huge problem: he�s aging a whole year of his life with each passing day. High school is hard enough; imagine rapidly aging from seventeen to seventy in a matter of weeks, with no logical explanation, and with prom, graduation, and the state championship basketball game on the horizon. That�s what happens to Cameron, a


Seventeen-year-old Cameron Martin has a huge problem: he�s aging a whole year of his life with each passing day. High school is hard enough; imagine rapidly aging from seventeen to seventy in a matter of weeks, with no logical explanation, and with prom, graduation, and the state championship basketball game on the horizon. That�s what happens to Cameron, a mischievous pretty boy who has never had to face a day looking anything but perfect.

It starts with a slowing metabolism, followed by gray hair, wrinkles, and a painful back. Within days his girlfriend dumps him, his plastic surgeon father forces him to get a facelift, and his terrifying high school develops a crush on him. All he wants to do is go back to normal, but no one, not even the best doctors, can diagnose his condition.

ow will he cope? Will he even survive? He�s faced with the greatest challenge of his life, and there�s no way of knowing if he�ll live to see graduation, or even the next day!

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Brian Rowe
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Birthday Trilogy , #1
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Brian Rowe graduated from Loyola Marymount University, where he studied English & Film. His fiction has appeared in The Absent Willow Review, Mobius Magazine, and Wilde Oat Magazine. He lives in Reno, Nevada.

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Happy Birthday to Me 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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AshleyiSee More than 1 year ago
It all started as a practical joke. Cameron Martin is one of the most popular kids in school. At seventeen he’s the star of the basketball team and dating one of the hottest girls at his high school. Life is perfect, his body is perfect and what could make it better? A free piece of birthday cake is always the cherry on top. But something is wrong is Cameron. Perhaps it was stress of the game or finals of senior year. Everyday he feels…a bit different. Older. When a visit to the doctor confirms the worst, that Cameron is aging an entire year everyday, it makes one think, how would you spend living the rest of your life? I LOVED THIS. Seriously. What a fun quick read! Why do male lead characters get all the fun in YA fiction? It’s light-hearted, easy and full of wonder. I mean, could you imagine? Aging a year in an entire DAY? The plot was pretty easy to figure out but that didn’t deter from my enjoyment. I loved Cameron. What a total teenager that bloke is. It’s a fun story, and I’m so happy to learn it’s an already completed trilogy. The book also helps puts things in perspective. It was a joy to see the progression of Cameron’s character from prick jerkface to an adult male. He makes a lot of mistakes and boy there are some hilarious mishaps that happen. Yet in the end Cameron is still a teenager and Rowe is dead on with his tone of voice. If you want an easy read that makes you laugh out loud at moment please give this first in a serious a shot. It’s well worth the time and a totally great read! This book was provided by the publisher, Patchwork Press, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Brian Rowe for such a delightful read and to Patchwork Press for taking a chance on a read self published piece of work!
KatZombie More than 1 year ago
I’d seen this book around the blogosphere and thought the premise sounded interesting – what would you do if you were ageing a year for every day that you lived? How would you cope with ageing faster than your peers, becoming physically older than your parents, knowing that instead of having another 60 years to live, you would only have another 60 days. And how much worse would it be as a teenager, with your whole life ahead of you, knowing your dreams and plans would never eventuate? For Cameron (who I have to say is a bit of an arse in the beginning of the book), he decides to continue living his teenage life as normal – despite being ridiculed and ostracized by his former girlfriend and basketball team-mates, the pressure of his father and the fact that every day he wakes up looking and feeling a year older than the day before. The characters of Happy Birthday to Me are interesting – Cameron is a self-assured brat at the beginning of the book, but as he rapidly ages he comes to realize some important things about life – as well as having a few creepy and surreal experiences as a 17 year old in the body of an adult. His parents and sister struggle with watching him age before their very eyes, and the adults around him begin to treat him differently, despite that he is still a teenager on the inside. Happy Birthday to Me is well written – the story is clear and moves at a good pace, is engaging and raises some interesting questions about the restrictions we place on people when they reach a certain age, a family dealing with a medical anomaly and a little bit of supernatural thrown in for extra entertainment. I did have one niggle with this book, and that was Cameron’s relationship with his girlfriend, Charisma (the name just grated on me!). I didn’t feel it added much to the story, only made me grind my teeth a little. As this book is part of a trilogy, I won’t say much about the ending (although I did tear up a bit!), but it did definitely make me want to move on to the next book as soon as possible. As a YA writer, Mr. Rowe has amazing potential!
Ink_Puddle More than 1 year ago
Seventeen year old Cameron Martin is your typical popular high school guy; the great looking star athlete dating the hottest girl in school, Charisma, with the richest dad in Reno. And like most guys his own age, he really wants to have sex with his girlfriend. The thing is, Charisma won¿t have sex with him until he becomes a man and by her definition, can grow a full beard. Also much like other teenagers, Cameron likes to see how much he can get away with and does so by going to restaurants and telling them it¿s his birthday so that he can get free dessert. He would love it if his birthday really was every day. Magically enough a week later Cameron wakes up to a full beard on his once baby smooth face but that¿s not all he woke up to. His beard was topped off with a inner tube of fat formed around his waist. Something is seriously wrong, he is aging more rapidly that he should be and at this rate he might not make it to graduation. Happy Birthday to Me is a interesting take on life¿s hard lessons and morals and how we should all be careful what we wish for and how we treat other people. If not karma might bite you in the butt. Something I really like about the way this book is written is that the chapters go by Cameron¿s age which works really well considering the content. I also like that the story was pretty unique in itself and has a really good message behind it. Even though Happy Birthday to Me is quite long at over 600 pages, the book really flies by and I had it read in only a few days. I thought that the story was going to be more humorous but and although some parts were I found it to be a little on the sad side and felt really bad for the main character.
vvb32 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this (accelerated) coming of age story (with a twist). I loved how the character development is handled for the main character especially in regards to his feelings, reactions and interactions with family and friends.
Valca85 More than 1 year ago
I've read several of this author's works, and I am always surprised at the imagination at work. This, unlike the other books, is meant for teenagers, and yet it still maintains an edge to it that keeps it from appearing to be geared for a younger audience. The premise is very interesting, a teen who grows a year older each day that passes. I'd not encountered similar plots, so it was a refreshing change from the usual paranormal themes. There are some very funny moments, especially at the beginning, that keep the story from getting too heavy. It keeps you guessing until the very end, building the tension up until we really question if there'll be a happy ending. The characters are also amusing. Cameron, the protagonist, is sharp, with an acerbic humor that makes him lovable, even as we might not agree with all of his actions. He is the quintessential teen, all angst and bravado, until he begins to age. Slowly, as the novel progresses, we begin to see him change, to grow not just in years but as a person. The rest of the cast is well planned, the usual comedic relief, the selfish girlfriend, the mean coach, all providing a board for Cam to play off from. This is a fun book. I can recommend it to YA fiction lovers and adults alike.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
This book is so great! It is filled with great drama, lots of self-discovering and just plain freaking awesomeness. If anything you know about me, is that I like to get into the story. To feel the characters and be in their shoes. Mr. Rowe did just that. I was hook from the very first page. The storyline is good. I like the feel of it. The build up was just perfect and did not leave you hanging. As the reader follows the main character, Cameron, we see him change right before your eyes. Granted that he is ageing quickly, I like how his heart changed. While at first he was a big jerk and a big meany. As you get more in to the story, you see his heart get soft and you feel so sorry for him. I really wanted to just hug the guy. He learned a very valuable lesson in all that he went through. The way that his friends and parents treated him, made me want to scream. People are so insensitive! I mean, if this were to happen to anyone else, they would feel the same way. I like that Cameron kept his head on straight and high. He didn't let it hold him back. He wanted to be treated the same. But people were so mean...ugh! Even some of the things the teachers did made me sick! The way the love interest played out in this book, I just adored! I really like seeing Cameron open his eyes to a girl who he should of noticed. I even like seeing her seeing that what she did to him and try to take it back. I like how she saw the goodness in him, the real him. I like that in the end, they both learn something new. Mr. Rowe wrote a simply fantastic book that I could read again. Mr. Rowe really capture the voice of a struggling teenager dealing with stuff all teenagers deal with and more. Even characters that had minor roles played so much more.
Ambur More than 1 year ago
When I first read the blurb for Happy Birthday To Me and read the excerpt on Brian's website, I immediately thought of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Of course, now that I've read it, I can tell everyone that the two, while both involving people who go through some weird aging process, are completely different. But I did I thoroughly enjoy them both. :) Happy Birthday To Me was funny, it was definitely one of those books that had me laughing like crazy, and I loved that! At the same time, this book also brought me to tears. Now I'm not saying that everyone will cry, I will admit that when I'm reading or watching TV or watching a movie, I can be rather sensitive. I get pretty absorbed into the story. That being said, the fact that this book brought me to tears is a pretty good indication that I thought this book was amazing, after all, you don't get that attached to books that you don't like. :P Now that you all know that this book had me laughing and crying, I just have to tell you about a little bit about the story in general and a bit about the characters. Cameron, or Cam, is the main character, and he starts aging a year every single day, so in a week he ages 7 years. He goes to the doctor and they don't know what to do about his rare condition, so Cam basically just tries to live as normally as he can and enjoy the time that he has left, after all, if you age a year every day you won't exactly have the longest life span...will you? :( At the beginning of Happy Birthday To Me, Cam is pretty much a self-centered jerk. He's dating the hottest girl in school, he's the star of the basketball team, and he treats everyone like crap. He does this thing where he goes to restaurants where he tells them that it's his birthday just to get free birthday cake, and of course, he also gets some attention. Even though he was a jerk at first, I thought he was a fantastic character. He was interesting and I couldn't help but be intrigued by his thought processes. As the story continued and Cam started aging, he changed. He became less self-involved and started to actually think about people other than himself. His growth was amazing, and I loved his transformation. He went through some of the craziest scenarios ever, and I laughed all the way through them. That being said, he also went through some heartbreaking moments, and they made me so sad for Cam. I could tell that his character was growing on me by how sad I found his situation, and I just have to give Brian mad props for making me care about his main character so much. I absolutely loved Cam's character by the end of the book, and I can't wait to read more about him in Happy Birthday To Me's sequel, Happy Birthday To Me Again! :D Happy Birthday To Me was a fantastic book, and I absolutely loved reading it! I encourage everyone to read it, and I hope you love it as much as I did! :D **The author provided me with an ebook for an honest review.
Fantasybkgirl More than 1 year ago
I received this e-book for review. This did not in any way affect my review. When I first received the request to review this I was like what? Then I read the description and thought well this could be interesting. It blew me away. It was one of the most emotional books I have ever read. The story starts off with Cameron in the hospital as an old man. Then it takes us back to how his story started. Cameron is an all star basketball player with a beautiful girlfriend and lots of friends. He is also a cocky jerk who thinks he can get whatever he wants. One night while at his favorite pizza place with his friends he tells the waitress that it's his birthday (a joke he plays a lot to get free cakes). The next day his life changes. He starts aging an entire year every day. On the outside he grows older looking but he is still a 17 year old on the inside. Throughout the story he loses his girlfriend Charisma and most of his friends. The only one that stays by his side is his best friend Wesley. His dad was annoying throughout until the end and even then I don't know if he was being genuine. Some strange things happened as he aged that I found disturbing. I really liked Wesley and Liesel. We don't see much of Liesel, she just kinda pops up every once in awhile until the end. By the end of the book Cameron has become a completely different person not only on the outside but also on the inside. The part where Wesley did something for Cameron in the hospital (not going to spoil it), I had tears in my eyes. What a terrific best friend he is. To see what Cameron goes through and how people change toward him, it was very emotional. I loved the entire book but the ending was amazing. It is an wonderful story that I recommend everyone should read. It is not at all what I thought it was going to be, it was so much better. Truly unique and original, you will not want to put it down. I am looking forward to reading the next installment to this trilogy.
tennisgirl3194 More than 1 year ago
After the first few pages of Happy Birthday to Me, I was sucked into the story. Cameron is such a great character to read about; not quite a bad person, not fully good. His worst faults are selfishness, vanity, and arrogance. Though all three are not uncommon among boys today, they were portrayed in ways that subtly hinted he could be a better person if he actually tried. Then, of course, he's cursed to age a year with every day that passes. With that, his life is forever changed. I loved the writing style of this novel. It was simple diction yet not dull for that, and the plot moved along so quickly I never wanted to stop reading! There were moments when I despised Cameron, moments when I rooted for him, and hilarious times when I wanted to laugh out loud. If a writer can pull you through all of those emotions in a smooth, effortless way, I'm destined to love that book. And I did fall in love with Happy Birthday to Me. The story was unique as well as interesting-I liked seeing the little changes that came with each passing day. By the end, I was putting aside every other thing I had to do just so I could read the conclusion. This is a fantastically fun read that I immensely enjoyed and am sad to see finished. The different elements meshed together in a seamless fashion to form a great young adult novel. It's definitely one of the better books I've read lately. I highly recommend Happy Birthday to Me, and give it 5/5 stars.