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Happy Birthday to Me (Birthday Trilogy #1)

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  418 ratings  ·  125 reviews
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 all on the horizon. That’s what happens to Cameron, a popular pret
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Published April 5th 2011 by CreateSpace
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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 writ
Savannah (Books With Bite)
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
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
I'll be honest. I picked up Happy Birthday to Me because it was free. Now that I've said that...I would have paid full price for it. And if I could have given it 10 stars, I would have.

Brian Rowe has the ability to suck you into his story, to the point you ignore everything else around you. It is one of the best YA paranormal books I've read this year (and we're already in December folks)!

I cried the last 25% of the book and absolutely bawled my eyes out at one of the final scenes. I was so vest
Jessica B
This review was originally posted at my (now dead) book blog My current blog is

Happy Birthday to Me was an ok read. Its length made it fast, but it definitely could've been better.

Cameron was your stereotypical idiot jock boy with a stereotypical heartless popular girlfriend. Their high school could be any other tv or book high school. Basically, know going into this book that it's not entirely original.

However, it flew by, and desp
Ashley - Book Labyrinth
1.5 stars

The concept of this book is fabulous. Guy starts aging one year every single day. It’s insane, right? And it’s a lot of fun to think about the possibilities for the plot. It’s part sci-fi and a little bit Beauty and the Beast. I was intrigued by the whole idea for the book, but unfortunately it failed to keep my interest.

I had a few main problems that caused me to dislike the book, including:
- Cam, our main character: He’s really unlikable. I understand that when you’re writing a book w
Michelle Book Briefs
Wow this book is such a fun journey! It is such a unique concept. It is crazy,sad, sweet, and funny all wrapped up in one. It is the first book in the Birthday trilogy and I am not quite sure what the other two books are going to be like because it seemed to come to a good conclusion, but I am really excited to find out!

The changes that Cameron went through while aging were so funny! I can't even imagine what that must have been like to witness. If I went to school with him, I would be so freak
{my thoughts} - This book is about a seventeen year-old boy named Cameron Martin and a girl named Liesel Maupin. Cameron is a boy that likes to obtain free gifts for his birthday so he tells people on a daily basis that it is his birthday in order to get free things. One day he and his friends some of them know and some of them don't do this it's his birthday scam and the next day everything changes for him. Eventually through the worst of situations that force him to find himself, realize what ...more
Scott-robert Shenkman
Let me just say right up front: I will put spoilers in this review. All over the place. And I will spoil the end. I need to do that to be able to write the review I want to write.

You have been warned.

I have mixed feelings on this book. The fact is, I loved it. I raced through it, and it was a one-day read for me. However – I am discovering that the story this book is based on – Beauty and the Beast – a story I used to love – may not be all it’s cracked up to be. But let me state right up front,
Vickie Wilson
I'd seen this one around a lot a few months ago so when I got an opportunity to review it, I jumped at the chance. A story about someone who ages a year every day? Sounds fantastic! It was just as good as I hoped too – the narrative is simple but effective, the plot runs along smoothly and not too slowly (or too fast!) and the ending nearly made me cry. Nearly! I enjoyed watching the different characters develop and change throughout, which strangely enough doesn't happen that often in YA books. ...more
I really liked this novel.

I liked the premise of the story and the characters.

Cameron was at the beginning that kind of jerk that somehow everyone still likes. At least on the outside. But when things start to change for him, Cameron starts to think about his behaviour. I really liked his character development. It was from mean/semi-nice to pretty cool.

I also liked Wesley's and Liesel's character. Wesley because he was just such a good friend, although you wouldn't have thought so and also becau
Suzy Wilson
Thanks Brian Rowe for an accommodating read. I've given it two stars because it was accommodating, not inspiring.

The premise of this novel is a food one: Cameron is the archetypal high school superstar, lynch-pin of the basketball team, handsome, paired off with the all-American hot girl, great house, car, toys, rich family - this guy has it all.

Or does he?

As you read, you realise Cam is an empty shell, just like everything else in his life. The girlfriend he has finally pinned down is a vapid
This was so look Good!

At first I got angry with the characters with all their superficial comments but then I thought good stories bring forth some kind of emotion and I read on. What a creative story it turned out to be. What a horrible and wonderful life lesson the main character goes through. You end up taking away from this tale so much about yourself and people. It reveals to us how our behaviour effects others and who our true friends really are. I ended up liking each character more then
Elijah Musial
I really loved this book. Cameron, the main character was portrayed as the basketball champion who is the best and could never be beaten. But when he goes to the pizzeria to celebrate, everything changes. He starts aging one year every day. He slowly becomes unable to play basketball and is shamed upon by his entire school. I was really sucked into this book and the ending almost made me cry. I recommend this book to anyone with an interest in fictional drama with a small love story intertwined ...more
4.5 stars*
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I had seen a few reviews for this and was curious so I accepted it to read, it's not my usual sort of read so I didn't get round to it for a while. But now I've read it I have to say I enjoyed it.
Cameron is 17 years old, Basketball champ and looking forward to a bright future, but he's also arrogant and rude, when he upsets a young girl he starts aging a year every day. The idea for this book was really clever and done rea
A Canadian Girl
Reading Brian Rowe’s Happy Birthday to Me reminded me of Alex Flinn’s Beastly, a novel I read several years ago. Both books have handsome boys as their protagonists who are then put under a spell to lose their beauty so that they can learn to treat others with respect and become less self-absorbed.

I don’t remember now how I felt about Kyle from Beastly, but I do know that I grew to like Cameron as a character. His change was believable, and he had a great voice in spite of a tendency to be a bit
As soon as I read the summary, I knew I wanted to review Happy Birthday to Me. Not only was it something totally different and unique, but it sounded like it was going to be lots of fun. I expected the laugh out loud moments, but not the events that made me tear up a bit. I thought it was going only to be a little mysterious, with the paranormal aspects thrown in here and there, but I was surprised at the heartfelt moments that kept me glued to each page.

Cameron has the perfect life. He's good l
Joey Butcher
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 ...more
Happy Birthday to Me by Brian Rowe is a book I hadn't heard too much about prior to reading it. However, the things I had heard were mostly good so I recently decided to dive right in and give it a try. How did it go? I ended up liking it quite a bit! It was certainly an interesting read, and while I do admit I had some qualms with it, it was overall an funny and quick read.

Happy Birthday to Me begins the story of Cameron Martin, one of the most popular and talented jocks at his high school. Cam
Missy (Two Readers Reviews)
Cameron is exactly how you would imagine a high school jock to be. Popular, arrogant and going out with the hottest girl in school. All he cares about is finally sleeping with his girlfriend, Charisma and taking his high school basketball team to the finals his senior year. He is selfish and doesn't have time for anything that he doesn't want to do.

All of this changes however, when he realizes that he is aging rapidly. Like a year older a day rapidly. I loved how the chapters in each book portra
“If I could…I would celebrate my birthday every day of the year.” -Cameron
Wisdom comes with age. Cameron learns this lesson the hard way. Cameron is a 17 year old who loves birthdays so much that he uses it to get free perks wherever he goes. No big deal. Nobody ever checks. What happens when it backfires and you age a full year everyday? Happy Birthday to Me is a story that encompasses the idea of getting older and looking back at what mattered most. As Cameron ages he goes through a variety of
Alyssa hoffmaster
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I had been asked to review this book a little over a year ago, and now I FINALLY got around to finishing it. I feel really bad about forgetting about this book, but once I found it and started reading it I couldn’t stop.

The plot of this book was very different, sure there were types of movies and books kind of approaching this type of summary but nothing came close to this. I have to admit I wasn’t crazy about reading it. But I’m glad I did, If I was in the type of situation th
Haley Mathiot
Cameron was that typical jock who only cared about his sexy girlfriend and how soon she'd let him sleep with her. He got drunk and insulted his pretty waitress—which was a bad idea because she turned out to be a witch of sorts. She laid a curse on him out of spite: Every day, he grew to be one year older.

As he aged rapidly he was faced with a reality check: His life would end in a few short weeks. He would never see his graduation. His girlfriend breaks up with him and goes back to her ex. He's
Haley Mathiot
Cameron was that typical jock who only cared about his sexy girlfriend and how soon she'd let him sleep with her. He got drunk and insulted his pretty waitress—which was a bad idea because she turned out to be a witch of sorts. She laid a curse on him out of spite: Every day, he grew to be one year older.

As he aged rapidly he was faced with a reality check: His life would end in a few short weeks. He would never see his graduation. His girlfriend breaks up with him and goes back to her ex. He's
Happy Birthday to Me is, in one word, fun. Once I started reading it, I didn't want to put it down.

The characters were awesome. I think my favorite was Wes; I had a little crush on him. Cameron was great. Sometimes I was annoyed with him, especially when he was pining after Charisma, who was clearly not good enough for him, but mostly, I was rooting for things to go his way. I was really able to feel his emotions throughout the novel, especially toward the end. I loved the person he was by the e
Tawni (The Book Worms)
What a unique storyline! I was excited to jump into Happy Birthday to Me and it was definitely right up my alley. Brian Rowe is a detailed and skillful writer and it was overall a refreshing and fun read!

Cameron is the star basketball player at his school who has, what he thinks is, the best girlfriend and life is good for him. Then everything goes wrong when he starts aging a year with each passing day. People try to steer clear of him and pretty soon his dreams of being the team's star player,
What an excellent premise. Can you imagine ageing a whole year each day of your life? When I was offered this book to review I was so intrigued by the synopsis that I just had to say yes.

When we first meet the main character, Cameron, he’s the kind of lad who knows he’s good looking, a real catch and he’s actually a really obnoxious guy. He enjoys basketball, which he is good at and his girlfriend Charisma who happens to be the best looking girl in school. Then Cameron is hit by this mysterious
When I received a review request from Brian Rowe, I was actually genuinely excited to read this book. It seemed like a really good premise, and the cover is pretty cool. However, my reading relationship with this book was a bit rocky. It started off being just your typical easy YA read. It centered around the main character Cameron, a pretty - boy on the basketball team who had it all. I knew from the first few pages that I wasn't going to be a huge fan of Cameron or his girlfriend. They both se ...more
Jac (For Love and Books)
**3 1/2 stars rounded up**

I picked up this book on a whim. I'd seen it mentioned around the bookish blog community and it sounded interesting, it was $.99 and I was on a book buying spree that day.
Happy Birthday to Me was a quick read, if I hadn't fallen asleep thanks to a cold I would have finished it in one sitting. I loved the main character, Cam. He was your stereotypical pretty popular boy, yet as he aged (one year every day) he learned so much about who he was and "grew up".
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Having your Birthday everyday is every kids dream come true but when you age a year of your life everyday the dream turns into a nightmare.

Cameron is your typical 17 year old jock he's the star of his basketball team he's dating the hottest girl in school and he just might be going to Yale in the fall. Just when all his dreams look like they might be coming true Cameron is hit with some pretty shocking news. He is
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Brian Rowe is a writing fiend, book devotee, film fanatic, and constant dreamer. He's written nine novels, dozens of short stories, five feature-length screenplays, and hundreds of film articles and essays. He is one half of the blog Story Carnivores, where he reviews the latest in books and film. He is currently pursuing his MA in English at the University of Nevada, Reno, and is hard at work on ...more
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