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Avery is a seventeen-year-old girl whose reality has just been shattered by the death of her mother. Feeling a desperate need to flee from what has become her life, she follows a travel plan meant for her mom that leads her to the little beach town where her mom grew up. It's there that she meets a group of three adventurous friends who adopt her into their circle, allowin ...more
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Published April 14th 2014 by Nyreepress Publishing
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“Avery is a seventeen-year-old girl whose reality has just been shattered by the death of her mother. Feeling a desperate need to flee from what has become her life, she follows a travel plan meant for her mom that leads her to the little beach town where her mom grew up. It's there that she meets a group of three adventurous friends who adopt her into their circle, allowing her to experience a summer she never thought would be possible after suffering such a great loss. Unfortu
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Kathleen (Kat) Smith
"When I was seven years old, I rode my bike without training wheels for the first time. I made it about fifteen feet before I turned my head to make sure my mom was watching me. She was, and her excited expression was the last thing I saw before my face became well acquainted with the pavement.

After she cleaned my battle wounds, my mom announced that I deserved a reward for completing such a daunting task - we were going shopping. Within twenty minutes we were standing inside an incredibly gaud
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Wanda
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Present day - Glynn Springs, Florida

"I think everyone who thinks they are going to die immediately begins thinking that it can't be true because they haven't experienced enough, haven't seen enough. That happened with my mom, and I think that thought focused on big things: like traveling, seeing the world, learning more. The problem with that is it doesn't focus on all the things that have been experienced. It doesn't focus on all the times the sunshine and rain have cause a rainbow. It doesn't
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Jalynn Patterson
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Avery is a seventeen-year-old girl whose reality has just been shattered by the death of her mother. Feeling a desperate need to flee from what has become her life, she follows a travel plan meant for her mom that leads her to the little beach town where her mom grew up. It's there that she meets a group of three adventurous friends who adopt her into their circle, allowing her to experience a summer she never thought would be possible after suffering such a great loss.

Unfortunat
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Edythe Hamilton
“When I was seven years old….we were going shopping…I chose a less gaudy still obnoxious heart necklace that said ‘Forever and Always.’ I promptly put the other one around her neck. She was “Forever.” I was “and Always.” –Avery age 7 “The last thing I remember seeing on my mother was that shiny, silly Forever necklace.” –Avery age 17

Avery finds a travel itinerary for herself and her mother while cleaning her mother’s room after her funeral. Avery decides to make the trip to the beach town of Gly
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DynamicUno Thomas
When I closed the last page of this book I literally could only say, "Wow," because that was the only word I could find to describe how I felt after reading Happy to be Alive, Because. I sat on the couch and really thought about my life and how I take many people for granted, because they've always been there for me. How would I cope if they suddenly were not around and would never be again?

After reading Avery's story about the loss of her mother to cancer, I thought back to my own mother going
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Melanie
May 21, 2014 rated it liked it
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Happy To Be Alive, Because was a great debut novel. I really liked the story and characters. Siblings Lily and Major were probably my favorites, just because they were so much fun, but I also liked the main characters - Avery and Rob. The characters were relatable and I was surprised by Rob's reveal...he definitely impressed me by how caring and helpful he was to Avery.



I loved s
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Bekah (WillBakeforBooks)
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Avery is a seventeen-year-old girl who just lost her mother to cancer. Feeling pressured to have a plan and needing to escape the never ending grief that has become her life, Avery decides to take a trip to her mother’s old hometown of Glynn Springs, California. She meets three genuine people who fast become beloved friends and soon she begins to feel alive again—something she didn’t think possible after first arriving. A hauntingly beautiful story about finding joy amidst pain, Happy to Be Aliv ...more
Veronica
This is a funny, but also heart-wrenching story that made me both laugh and cry. I love the theme of living life to the fullest and not taking the little things for granted. I can't imagine experiencing a loss so profound and I'm very close to my mom as Avery was, so it was too easy to see how I might feel if I was to lose my mom. Avery thinks a lot and there is a lot of sorting through emotions and feelings in the story. I liked her a lot, especially her quirks and I loved the group of friends ...more
Sarah
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing

This book is excellent! I give this book high praises, especially since Chelesa is a first time author. I can't even begin to describe the feelings and emotions I had as I read the emotional journey of Avery, a 17 year old girl who has just lost her mother to cancer. Avery finds that her mom planned a vacation for the two them in a drawer. She finds plane tickets, an itinerary, lots of details and Avery can either decide to live with her aunt or hop on a plane and see where this journey her moth
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Sarah Christine Holzer
May 23, 2014 rated it liked it
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I read this book because I read Chelsea's blog and wanted to support her in her endeavor to write a book. To be completely honest I went into the book not sure what to expect, and at the beginning I was a little unsure about it, but around 10% into the book (I read it on my Kindle) I found myself really enjoying the book and getting completely sucked into it. The beginning left me with quite a few unanswered questions (things that I didn't feel should be unanswered) and I felt like the plot was ...more
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
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Avery was a great character, I loved her age and the point of life that she was in - trying to figure out what her next move will be and all without a parent. I was amazed that she left home so quickly on this adventure that her mom had planned out for her - amazed and kind of excited to follow her!

Avery was an honest character and I appreciated her true reactions to her mother's death and that there were ups and downs through her entire grieving p
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Jayme Carruthers
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Happy to be Alive, Because is the story of Avery. She's 17 years old when her mother (who also happens to be her best friend) passes away.

After her mother dies, she finds travel plans in her mother's room for a trip to where she (the mom) grew up. In an attempt to run away from the pain she now faces at home, Avery takes the trip.

When she arrives at this cute little beach town, she soon meets three people who quickly become her best friends as if they've known each other their whole lives.

Even
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Joy
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
It's pretty easy to get lost in this story, Avery is a sweet girl going through grief and heartache with the loss of her mother. She has the type personality where you can't help but like her immediately. The story itself is pretty emotional, the plot is really good.

Avery finds out it is possible to go with life, a trip to the beach...new friends...Rob was very patient and kind with her though he may be hiding something. It's a fun journey to be on with this cast of characters.

I love the idea
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Kim
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“Happy to be Alive, Because” captivated me at page 1. Chelsea Jacobs did such a great job developing the characters and describing their emotions - I felt like I was right there with Avery – feeling what she was going though. I could not put the book down! I loved reading about the journey Avery was on and found myself there on the beach with her and her friends, smelling the salty air and listening to the waves. When I finished the book, I was sad because I felt like I was losing my friends! I ...more
Cindy
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
While this book is branded a YA book, Chelsea Jacobs writes a story that address grief on a level that is healing. This book spoke volumes to me, I could relate to Avery so much. I cried, I laughed and I read sections over and over. I think the only issue I had with this story was I was NOT ready for the end. I wanted it to go on! I loved this book and was happily surprised by the wonderful story. 5 stars from this reviewer. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was receive ...more
Michelle
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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One of the best books I've read this year!
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