Big Book,  YA

Happy Birthday To Me Again

Brian Rowe
Cameron Martin has a huge problem: he’s aging a whole year of his life with each passing day… again. And this time…he’s going backward!
When Cameron proposes to his beloved witch of a girlfriend Liesel, he thinks life can’t get any better. But when he reluctantly breaks off the engagement just days before the wedding, Liesel angrily unleashes another curse on the unlucky guy, this time making him age backward, from eighteen, all the way to zero.
Making matters worse, Liesel mysteriously disappears, leaving Cameron with no options, except watching himself rapidly shrink into a helpless child. Will Liesel be able to save his life again? Or will Cameron ultimately fall prey to his girlfriend’s wicked spell?

Having been sent both this story and its preceding chapter in the trilogy I read both of them in quick succession. These were definitely easy reads, the pace keeps up and the interesting idea keeps you intrigued about what will happen next. Having spent a few months growing one year older every day, due to a curse, Cameron has had a bumpy Senior year at High School. In this sequel he is now dating Liesel, the girl who cursed him, and is enjoying working for a year before he is due to head off to Yale University. Even though he knows life with a powerful girl (she doesn’t like being called a witch) like Liesel could be challenging he doesn’t bargain on what happens next.
After a disastrous date Cameron gradually realises he is getting younger every day, and to make matters worse Liesel has disappeared. This time he only has a couple of weeks to solve his dilemma before he disappears altogether. This new event tests Cameron, and his love for Liesel to new limits. His problems are compounded by a mystery girl who seems to have something to do with the problem he finds himself in – and, boy, does she have something to do with them!!
The story does begin to answer some of the questions set up in the first book about Liesel and her family, or seeming lack thereof, and it was good to get some answers, I do like to know things and not be left dangling too long! I enjoyed following Cameron on his journey and waiting to see how he would get out of this one. Some of those answers are a little strange as we enter further into the paranormal side of things. There are weird and wonderful happenings, and some slightly gruesome twists as the book draws to its climax.
In the end the story does conclude but the stage is well and truly set for the final part of the trilogy.
Verdict: A fun, light read. I’m sure I will be tuning in to see what happens next!
Reviewed by Helen

Publisher: CreatSpace
Publication Date: September 2011
Format: eBook
Pages: 370KB
Genre: Paranormal
Age: YA
Reviewer: Helen
Source: Provided by author
Challenge: None

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