Life's Too Short - Abby Jimenez | Spoiler Free Book Review

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The Happy Ever After Playlist was one of my favourite books of 2020 and I was so intrigued to read Life's Too Short! If you are looking for an emotional story with a romance, then this might be the book for you! Don't let the bright and stunning cover fool you, you are in for an emotional read. Life's Too Short - Abby Jimenez Spoiler Free Book ReviewBlurb 

"Vanessa lives life on her own terms — one day at a time, every day to its fullest. She isn’t willing to waste a moment or miss out on an experience when she has no idea whether she shares the same fatal genetic condition as her mother. Besides, she has way too much to do, traveling the globe and showing her millions of YouTube followers the joy in seizing every moment.

But after her half-sister suddenly leaves Vanessa in custody of her infant daughter, she is housebound, on mommy duty for the foreseeable future, and feeling totally out of her element.

The last person she expects to show up offering help is the unbelievably hot lawyer who lives next door, Adrian Copeland. After all, she barely knows him. But as they get closer, Vanessa realizes that her carefree ways and his need for a structured plan could never be compatible for the long term. Then again, she should know better than anyone that life’s too short to fear taking the biggest risk of all. . ."

My Review

This book has been marketed as a romantic comedy which are usually my favourites. However, this isn't what this book is. It's a very emotional read that isn't just about romance. Abby has a fantastic way of writing really deep and emotional stories that aren't so heavy as you are reading them but always leave a lasting impact. I read mostly romantic comedies and this isn't what this book is at all but it does have some funny moments which added a lightless to the story which was much needed. 

I was instantly hooked when I started reading this that I finished it in a day even though I had work and was really busy afterwards. It's written with dual perspective and in first person which is always my favourite and I flew through the book! I loved Vanessa and Adrian (and baby Grace) and this is their story with them going from neighbours to friends to a couple. I really loved their relationship, specifically in the beginning. They are opposites in a lot of ways but Vanessa really helped him come out of his shell. The way he just instantly stepped up to help Vanessa was admirable. 

The only thing I didn't like about this book is that I felt like the ending was a little rushed and I would have preferred more detail there and a little less around half way through the book. But this is more of a personal preference. 

There is a lot of heavy topics discussed throughout the book but the one that was most prominent to the story was the fact that Vanessa might have ALS, there is a 50% chance that she might have it has it runs in her family. And throughout the book you don't know for sure whether she has it or not and that is the point. She decides to live every day to the fullest and I think we all need to be a little bit more like Vanessa regardless of our own situations. Also discussed in the book was addiction, death of family members, grief and OCD/hoarding. 

Life's Too Short is out on the 20th of April 2021. You can preorder your copy here



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