Happy to be Alive, Because by Chelsea Jacobs | Blog Tour

Readers are saying that Happy to Be Alive, Because, by Chelsea Jacobs, is the “perfect summer read!” Pick up a copy for your beach bag and find out for your self!

{More about Happy to be Alive, Because}

Happy to be Alive, Because

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 and her 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. Unfortunately, her summer full of experiences threatens to end abruptly when she realizes that one of the three has a secret that causes her to question everything about the new life she has been building.

Avery must learn to balance her grief and her desire for a future in order to achieve her mother’s final wish for her: That she would be happy to be alive.

Learn more and purchase a copy here.

Chelsea Jacobs

{More About Chelsea Jacobs}

Chelsea grew up with an immense love for words–both reading them and writing them. She obtained her degree in English and has spent the time since then getting married to her high school sweetheart and chasing adventure so she’ll have something to write about. When she’s not drinking copious amounts of coffee while writing, she spends her time reading, playing with her puppy named Gatsby, and dreaming, always dreaming.”

Find out more about Chelsea at http://www.thegirlwholovedtowrite.com.
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Reviews

  • BOOK REVIEW: HAPPY TO BE ALIVE, BECAUSE BY CHELSEA JACOBS

    By far, this was one of the best books I have read in a long time! I literally could not put it down once I started it and finished it in about three hours! What caused this book to be so awesome was the simplicity of the story-line, the way the characters were so charmingly illustrated, but I think how the book was written was the best.

    Written by The Lady Prefers To Save on July 10, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R1XN6XJRDG5FXV/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • HAPPY TO BE ALIVE, BECAUSE

    After reading this book, I can tell that Chelsea Jacobs is going to be a great author. This is a novel that has a lot of emotion. I liked the character of Avery even though she was only 17, she seemed older than that. I also liked the setting of this book, I love the beach. If you are looking for a fast, emotion filled read, then this is the book for you.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review

    Written by Melina’s Book Blog on July 2, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://smile.amazon.com/Happy-Alive-Because-Chelsea-Jacobs-ebook/product-reviews/B00K1NQIWK/ref=cm_cr_dp_synop?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending#R1TBW04KOXQE97

  • HAPPY TO BE ALIVE, BECAUSE #BOOKREVIEW @LITFUSE

    I love a good read and Chelsea delivers in this book. You want to continue reading to find out what happens to Avery. I can relate to the book as the child and as the mother. I would want to make sure that my child was happy to be alive and rejoicing in the life they have with the people and activities they do have. But of course, you would also be empathetic to the child who had lost their mother. I have not had to deal with that before but have lost grandparents and know how hard that is. It’s a process we all have to go through.

    Written by For Him and My Family on July 1, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://wp.me/p4fKCR-vy

  • KRITTERS RAMBLINGS

    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 process. I loved her hesitation with people, but her complete openness with others, I understood her. The secondary characters were fantastic – they completely added to the story and didn’t take too much focus away from the central storyline.

    Written by Kritters Ramblings on July 1, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.krittersramblings.com/2014/06/review-happy-to-be-alive-because.html

  • LOVED!

    I really enjoyed this descriptive book. You can tell I enjoy a book by how fast I read it…..that is if I can’t put it down it’s a winner on my shelf. It took me less than 24 hours to read Happy to be Alive, Because. I quite liked the character of Major and his quirky yet straightforward style.

    Written by Two Children and a Migraine on July 1, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://twochildrenandamigraine.blogspot.ca/2014/07/book-review-happy-to-be-alive-because.html

  • HAPPY TO BE ALIVE, BECAUSE BY CHELSEA JACOBS REVIEW

    This was a beautiful story. Avery’s mom knew she was dying so she decided to give her daughter one last gift. It was a gift of new beginnings, love and most of all happiness during a sad time. I love that Avery was left a journal and she filled it. I really enjoyed when she allowed her friends to write in it as well. I liked the ending, and this book helped me find things to be happy about since my dad died. I am happy to be alive because my dad taught me so many things that I can now teach my nieces and nephew. I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy to review from Litfuse, however all opinions are my own.

    – See more at:http://dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/2014/06/happy-to-be-alive-because-by-chelsea_8.html#sthash.a1mHvrR4.dpuf

    Written by Deal Sharing Aunt on July 1, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/2014/06/happy-to-be-alive-because-by-chelsea_8.html

  • This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time! I truly could not put it down. When Avery’s mom dies at the beginning of the story, I thought this would be a story of grief. But, it is a story of hope. It’s a story of finding the blessings in the every day. It’s about living through the hard times. The sweet love story that is mixed in is the thread that kept me turning the pages. I’ve recommended that all of my friends and family add this to their summer reading list. You don’t want to miss this one.

    Written by This Sweet Life on July 1, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://thissweetlifeofmine.com/happy-alive-chelsea-jacobs-review/

  • HAPPY TO BE ALIVE BECAUSE REVIEW

    A great summer read and original story.

    Written by The Talbert Report on June 23, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R3TC719AL4SH8I/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • GOOD SUMMER READ!

    I loved some of the little things in this book – Avery’s “Happy To Be Alive, Because” journal and the “Take a new favorite, leave an old favorite” book swap at the coffee shop. Such neat ideas!

    Written by Christian Bookshelf Reviews on June 20, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R13GSHFCDPDN8L/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • HAPPY TO BE ALIVE, BECAUSE

    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?

    Happy to be Alive, Because was an enjoyable book. While it’s geared towards young adults, I can see this book quickly gaining popularity with adults as well. It will definitely be one that I recommend to my students and teachers when they are going through tough times as well.

    Written by Misadventures of the Dynamic Uno on June 20, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://misadventuresofthedynamicuno.blogspot.com/2014/06/happy-to-be-alive-because-by-chelsea.html

  • HAPPY TO BE ALIVE, BECAUSE

    A seventeen-year-old orphan. Avery as spent so long taking care of her mother and hoping, but life has let her down. She’s tired of everyone giving her looks of sympathy and wants to escape them all. When Avery discovers tickets and plans for a trip to her mother’s home town, she decides to go on her own.

    I’m hoping we get a chance to read more about Glynn Springs. I want to know more about what the future holds for these four friends.

    Written by sunny island breezes on June 19, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/reviews/Happy-to-be-Alive-Because%2FChelsea-Jacobs/1119127385?csrfToken=uXNeolsGSdNr7ngNoqG95ovN237rpZ5d&sort=3#reviews

  • BOOK REVIEW | HAPPY TO BE ALIVE, BECAUSE

    I liked this book. It really changed my perspective on a lot of things.

    The author really did a fantastic job of really delving into pain and grief without it being too much. Some authors, in their efforts to communicate heavy, painful emotion, can become redundant and wearisome. This author, however, skillfully navigated it all masterfully. Kudos to her!

    Written by Nothing Less on June 19, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R2DTGB3Y2JLRHB/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0991541200

  • THIS BOOK MADE ME HAPPY

    Reading this book was like talking to a friend. Chelsea Jacobs has a unique voice and her writing flows so well, making the reading experience effortless. It reminded me of how I felt the first time I read a Denise Hunter book. Content. Relaxed. Safe. I also liked that this book had a young adult feel to it, but the romance was clean.

    Written by Sara Ella on June 19, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://saraella.com/2014/06/happy-to-be-alive.html

  • GREAT BOOK

    Happy To Be Alive, Because by Chelsea Jacobs’ was a great book to read. This actually made me want to start to keep a journal where I say what is making me happy that day or even right at that moment.

    Written by The World As I See It on June 19, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://theworldasiseeitbloganddesigns.com/happy-to-be-alive-because-by-chelsea-jacobs/

  • HAPPY TO BE ALIVE, BECAUSE BY CHELSEA JACOBS

    Happy to be Alive, Because is a novel that brings attention to the subject of grieving one endures and how support of other persons facilitates the healing process. The novel is slow moving in the very beginning but steadily regains speed towards the middle of the book through to the end of the novel. I recommend this book to avid readers of the family drama genre who like reading about family tragedy situations and true friendships.

    Written by Ski-Wee’s Book Corner on June 19, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1UAPHFFEGXI7L

  • A STORY THAT HELPS HEAL BROKEN HEARTS!

    I have really developed a fondness for young adult books and this book by Chelsea Jacobs is a great example of why I love them so much. It’s about mother and daughter relationships, it’s about healing, it’s about friendship. It’s about finding yourself amid heart-stopping grief and learning how to live despite it. When the ones we love leave us we can sometimes shut down because the grief is so overpowering. We don’t want to go on without our loved one in our lives, but this book shows us that just because they are no longer here in our physical world, they are still HERE. Here in our hearts and memories that last a lifetime and we CAN go on. This is just one readers’ opinion but I feel that Chelsea has a winner and I will be looking for future books written by her. Highly recommended!

    Written by A Book Lover’s Retreat on June 19, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R15SG55WS0TOU/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • HANG IN UNTIL THE END

    By the time I was 3/4 of the way through, I couldn’t put the book down until the end. It’s a book that you need to hang in there to the end to get it all. Through Avery’s trying to get away from reality, she finds that she really cannot escape it. That is the part I want to take away from the book.

    There is no bad language in the book at all. Good. There is only a moment of disrespect shown, which could possibly be ‘excused’ due to the circumstances. Realistic. There are a couple ‘kissy’ scenes but they are very mellow. Good. This is probably best suited to the Millenial generation {teens early twenties?}. Okay. Overall, it has a good theme and ends well. Good.

    I think that Chelsea has promise of being a really good writer and I’m interested in where this takes adventure takes her.

    Written by North Laurel Home & School on June 19, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.nlfamily.net/2014/06/book-review-happy-to-be-alive-because.html

  • HAPPY TO BE ALIVE, BECAUSE BY CHELSEA JACOBS

    Dealing with the loss of those we love is difficult.

    Coming to terms with the loss of one’s mother is particularly heart-wrenching.

    Yet, that’s the journey that 17-year old Avery finds herself on in Happy To Be Alive – the stunning debut from 22-year old author Chelsea Jacobs.

    Happy To Be Alive, Because is a beautifully written Young Adult story that takes us on a highly charged emotional journey of a young girl who is in the midst of her grieving process, and on an actual physical journey as Avery finds and completes a travel plan meant for her mother.

    Happy To Be Alive, Because is a book about discovering who you are – and determining how you will live out the remainder of your life, even in the midst of loss.

    Don’t let the YA label fool you; this is a great book for all adults!

    Written by Create With Joy on June 19, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.create-with-joy.com/2014/06/happy-to-be-alive-because-by-chelsea-jacobs.html

  • LOVELY, INSPIRING BOOK!

    This is a sweet book of a girl coming of age and into her own after her mother dies. Avery is seventeen when her mom succumbs to cancer and it was always just the two of them, so it really leaves Avery adrift as to how to go on. Her mom must have known this because she leaves behind a plane ticket and a trip itinerary to go back to her own hometown in Florida on the beach.

    Written by Julie – More of Him on June 18, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.moreofhim.net/2014/06/book-review-happy-to-be-alive-because.html

  • BOOK REVIEW: HAPPY TO BE ALIVE, BECAUSE BY CHELSEA JACOBS

    My Review:

    This was one of the best books I have read in a long time! I literally could not put it down once I started it and finished it in about 4 hours straight! What caused this book to be so awesome was the simplicity of the story-line, the way the characters were so charmingly made, but I think how the book was written was the best. I loved the way Chelsea wrote! There is just enough emotion in the book to make it seem real, but yet not completely over doing it and making it a sappy book.

    In my opinion, I think it would be very hard to write a believable story in which characters become the best of friends in about two months. Yet this is exactly what Chelsea did, it seemed so natural for them to be friends in such short time, because of the way the characters were and the setting of the story. The writing was almost perfect!

    Written by Accelerate The Jesus Movement on June 18, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://acceleratethejesusmovement.wordpress.com/2014/06/17/book-review-happy-to-be-alive-because-by-chelsea-jacobs/

  • Happy to be Alive, Because was full of poignant, reflecting, sad moments. What Avery felt and needed to deal with in her mother passing away wasn’t just brushed over. Among it all though, were these poignant, happy, and beautiful moments where Avery was learning to live and love again.

    This story was sweet and inspiring, with likable characters that you couldn’t help but to cheer on. I’m eagerly anticipating the next book in the series where hopefully Avery and Rob’s story continues. If you enjoy Contemporary Romance (inspirational or otherwise) I would definitely recommend grabbing a copy of Happy to be Alive, Because.

    Written by Wishful Endings on June 17, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.wishfulendings.com/2014/06/blog-tour-review-happy-to-be-alive.html

  • HAPPY TO BE ALIVE BECAUSE

    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 received for this review.

    Written by Cindy’s Book Reviews on June 16, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Happy-Be-Alive-Because/Chelsea-Jacobs/9780991541201?id=4543212266282

  • HAPPY TO BE ALIVE, BECAUSE BY CHELSEA JACOBS

    I am not a fan of first person stories however, this one hooked me in and kept me all the way through. Avery’s mother has died and she has no reaction, she doesn’t even cry, and her aunt is concerned for her. Avery takes a trip that her mother had planned and she learns who she is. I love the theme of the book, to be happy no matter what your circumstances. A great read, I highly recommend it!!

    Written by Radiant Light on June 16, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://frommipov.blogspot.com/2014/06/happy-to-be-alive-because-by-chelsea.html

  • HAPPY TO BE ALIVE BECAUSE BY CHELSEA JACOBS

    It’s the kind of book you’d like for your teen daughter to read as it tells a tender but tragic tale of a young girl and how she’s able to endure with the help of new and unexpected friends. It’s heartache, love, adventure and friendship all tied up in a lovely package. I particularly appreciated how the author, Chelsea Jacobs, didn’t candy coat the reality of grief. She approached it with realism and respect and her main character, Avery, is richer and more likable because of it. The quest to uncover happiness again after tragedy is quite the journey and my heart ached for Avery, especially as she “spoke” to her mother before going to bed at night. This is a book I’d like for my daughters to read but I wouldn’t recommend to an adult friend.

    Written by Morning Glories and Moonflowers on June 14, 2014 | e

  • HAPPY TO BE ALIVE, BECAUSE BY CHELSEA JACOBS

    If I was to sum up this book in one word it would be beautiful. That was what I kept thinking as I devoured page after page every spare chance I had yesterday. I didn’t know what to expect going in since this is a debut author whom I hadn’t heard of before getting the email about reviewing her book, but I absolutely loved it! Chelsea had a brilliant way of making you feel every emotion and even brought tears to my eyes a couple times. I loved Avery and my heart broke for her. I felt like we had a bit of similarities in our personalities and that just made me love her even more…

    Written by Christian Novels on June 14, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://writingchristiannovels.blogspot.com/2014/06/happy-to-be-alive-because-by-chelsea.html

  • BOOK REVIEW | HAPPY TO BE ALIVE, BECAUSE BY CHELSEA JACOBS

    I loved this story so so so much!!!
    From the start I loved Avery and could totally relate and empathize with what she was dealing with. I think the author did a marvelous job of portraying the reality of grieving…Avery’s emotions and thoughts and feelings. I love the message of hope and life and moving forward one step at a time, that the story beautifully displays. I’m thinking of starting my own Happy Journal!
    If you are a fan of authors like Robin jones Gunn, Krista McGee and other fun YA authors…don’t miss CHELSEA JACOBS!!!

    Written by JoJo’s Corner on June 13, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R2YENC6KKZNVW0/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0991541200

  • “HAPPY TO BE ALIVE, BECAUSE”

    I really enjoyed this book, it is a journey of self-discovery, working through grief and trying to find happiness, real happiness in life. This is a quick summery read, light at times and yet soul searching as it addresses thoughts and feelings working through grief and coping with the death of one’s mother.

    Written by Moments on June 13, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://kristie-moments.blogspot.com/2014/06/happy-to-be-alive-because.html

  • HAPPY TO BE ALIVE BECAUSE

    I love the idea of finding something to be happy about each day. Each day of life is a blessing and you can really see that here. Overall, the novel is a very sweet, very cute read that would be perfect for the beach.

    Written by Remain in his Love on June 13, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://remaininhislove.com/2014/06/13/litfuse-blog-tour-chelsea-jacobs-happy-to-be-alive-because/

  • HAPPY TO BE ALIVE, BECAUSE BY CHELSEA JACOBS #BOOKREVIEW

    This story taught me alot about how some people grieve. I have not lost anyone really close to me so I really didn’t understand what some people may go through. I hope it will help me to be more understanding and compassionate towards others that are grieving. I just love the idea of writing in a journal why I am happy and I plan on starting one as soon as I can buy a journal. I highly recommend this YA romance novel for anyone who might need uplifting.

    Written by Frugal-Shopping on June 12, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.frugal-shopping.com/2014/06/happy-to-be-alive-because-by-chelsea.html

  • HAPPY TO BE ALIVE, BECAUSE BY CHELSEA JACOBS BLOG TOUR + BOOK REVIEW

    I loved every page turning minute of the book. The moment that Avery goes to the town her mom is from and meets her new friends and a new love, I was hooked. I love the interactions between the group of friends and getting to know each of them. This is the type of book that by the end, you are sad to be leaving these people you just got to know because you want to get to know them even more, but the greatest part of this book was the journal she discovered from her mother. The journal entries really tied together the whole story. Finally, the quaint beach town that Happy to be Alive, Because was set in cements this for me as a to-read book for this summer.

    Written by Cristi’s Reviews on June 12, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://myproductreviews-cristi.blogspot.com/2014/06/happy-to-be-alive-because-by-chelsea.html

  • HAPPY TO BE ALIVE, BECAUSE, AND WHY I WON’T GIVE UP ON YA LIT

    Last weekend I read the book Happy to Be Alive, Because, and even though its protagonist is 17 and I’m 33, I was captivated by the story, the raw emotion, and the idyllic setting (you can’t go wrong with a quaint beach town in my eyes).

    In the book, Avery records reasons she’s happy to be alive, in a journal left to her by her mom. It’s a powerful thread that weaves a depth into this tale of friendship, first love, and growing up.

    I’m not inherently a melancholy person– to me, it wouldn’t be too hard to fill a journal with the reasons I’m happy to be alive. But I loved following Avery’s journey to learn to be able to honestly complete that sentence, and to start to really feel and believe it.

    Written by Gidget Goes Home on June 12, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://gidgetgoeshome.com/2014/06/12/happy-to-be-alive-because-and-why-i-wont-give-up-on-ya-lit/

  • HAPPY TO BE ALIVE, BECAUSE

    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.

    I love the idea of a happy to be alive because journal and may start one myself. Overall, a pretty good book for a first novel.

    Written by Deco My Heart on June 12, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/931470677

  • REVIEW: HAPPY TO BE ALIVE, BECAUSE BY CHELSEA JACOBS

    Happy to Be Alive, Because is one of my new favorites. Serious yet lighthearted, this story was achingly and beautifully raw. Warning: you may need tissues.

    Written by Will Bake for Books on June 11, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://willbakeforbooks.blogspot.com/2014/06/review-happy-to-be-alive-because-by.html

  • 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.

    Written by Veronica’s ‘Views on June 10, 2014 | e

  • HAPPY TO BE ALIVE, BECAUSE BY CHELSEA JACOBS BOOK REVIEW

    Happy to be Alive, Because by Chelsea Jacobs is very feeling and full of love and hope. Avery is a young girl who has lost her mother a very short time ago and she is having a very hard time dealing with her loss.This book is a journey of life and realizing that we should all be happy to be alive and to help others share that feeling.

    Written by 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! on June 10, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://3partnersinshopping.blogspot.com/2014/06/happy-to-be-alive-because-by-chelsea.html

  • LITFUSE BOOK REVIEW: HAPPY TO BE ALIVE, BECAUSE

    So as I said before, I really liked this book. It reminded me a lot of Sarah Dessen. Both are YA novels and take place in a beach town. This book centers around Avery who is trying to find herself after her mother’s death. Any woman in the world can relate to how this book plays out that story line. This book I felt had a slow start and did not really follow with what the synopsis tells you above. But it picked up and took some pleasant twists. Of course there is a love story involved (you know that’s my favorite part) and how that ended up playing out had me saying “Whoa!” I definitely recommend this book if you like YA novels and stories about perseverance. Losing a mother is hard, and how Avery handled it was interesting. I felt that not many people get those kinds of chances. A must read!!

    Written by Neatly-Packaged on June 9, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://neatly-packaged.blogspot.com/2014/06/litfuse-book-review-happy-to-be-alive.html

  • BOOK REVIEW: HAPPY TO BE ALIVE, BECAUSE BY CHELSEA JACOBS

    “Happy to be Alive, Because” is a heart-touching story of loss, hope, and romance. The author does a great job of making Avery, the main character, come to life. The scenes, settings, and characters throughout the book are vivid and easy to imagine. I liked how the story made me smile on one page and tear up on the next.

    This book is a YA novel with positive messages about life and hope. I enjoyed this easy read; and yes, it did help me reflect on all the reasons I’m happy to be alive!

    Written by WordSmith on June 9, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://wp.me/p3fKiF-Au

  • ALLOWS YOU TO SEE A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE OF WHAT LIFE CAN BE!

    This is a coming of age story in a different way when Avery is forced to deal with her mother’s death being buried so deep inside that it comes to the surface when she least expects it. She finds it difficult to journal her feelings because a part of her feels like she is betraying her mother’s memory if she is happy about anything. It is a real and honest look at how one young woman deals with the fact that life does go on for those of us left behind no matter how hard it can be. I rate this novel a 4 out of 5 stars and love that it is a wonderfully written novel for young adults with a touch of summer love in the mix.

    Written by Reviews From The Heart on June 9, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R3MQW6NDNRO5MX

  • LOVED IT!

    Pretty much this book was fantastic. I had no idea what to expect but as soon as I started reading I was completely engrossed in the storyline. I LOVE Avery, her story, her personality, I feel like I came away knowing her. This book is very well written and touched all my emotions. Romance, sadness, humor, and awkward moments. There were several times that I laughed and the people sitting around me kept giving me weird looks. If a book can make me laugh out loud-it’s a winner. Granted this is Young Adult fiction, it’s still one of the best books I’ve read this year by far. Great summer read or anytime read really. The setting is Florida and I felt like I was on the beach the entire time.

    This book has a lot going on yet it’s so simple and honest with life.

    Written by I Hope You Dance on June 9, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R147AYTQQ351JM/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • HAPPY TO BE ALIVE, BECAUSE

    This book is spot on! What a great novel! I could not stop reading this book! Chelsea, I cannot wait to read more books from you. The level of character depth in Avery and the way you tied the story to the memory of her mother was stunning. I want to start my own journal on … Happy to Be alive, because… Wonderful book, cannot say enough good things! Look forward to more books from you in the future!

    Written by Life Isn’t Always a Fairytale on June 8, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/961960845

  • HAPPY TO BE ALIVE, BECAUSE BY CHELSEA JACOBS BOOK TOUR

    Cassandra’s Review- Adventure and love with mingling friendship makes this book an excellent read. The author wrote the characters almost lifelike like in such a way that they pop off the pages and into your mind making you a part of the experience and in a good way.

    I have received a complimentary copy of this book.

    Written by Cassandra M’s Place on June 5, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.cassandramsplace.com/2014/06/happy-to-be-alive-because-by-chelsea.html

  • HAPPY TO BE ALIVE, BECAUSE

    Happy to Be Alive, Because is a perfectly clean escapist YA novel that is perfect for 12 and up. It reminded me of teen TV shows, featuring kids who live independent lives with no parents in sight, and also with seemingly no consequences, going straight from young teens to responsible (yet fun and free) adults. I just chose to suspend my disbelief, and enjoy it in the same way I would have when I was a teen myself (even though the misstep about her renting a car at 17 was a little hard to ignore). There’s nothing like that dream of independence that all kids and teens have.

    Written by 5 Minutes for Books on June 5, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://books.5minutesformom.com/35193/happy-to-be-alive-because/

  • HAPPY TO BE ALIVE, BECAUSE

    Beautiful story of loss.

    Written by Semel insanivimus omnes on June 3, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://princess-mia.livejournal.com/d13.html

  • CHELSEA JACOBS HAPPY TO BE ALIVE, BECAUSE BOOK REVIEW

    This is a great summer beach book….perfect with the summer theme. It really made me think about my teenage summers….everything always seemed so vivid back then. Chelsea Jacobs does a great job of really bringing out and developing Avery’s personality. You can really get into her head and experience her sadness about her mom’s death. It brought me back to my own personal experiences with death and how I was able to move on. The author really has you go through the experience with Avery. Her mom was able to provide something from beyond to Avery that was discovered after her death: a trip that was meant to be a mom and daughter adventure. I have taken trips with my own mom and it is such a special time. I can’t even imagine but it captured me and reeled me in.

    Written by Glamamamas Goodies on June 1, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://glamamamasgoodies.blogspot.com/2014/06/chelsea-jacobs-happy-to-be-alive.html

  • HAPPY TO BE ALIVE, BECAUSE

    A book full of grief and resounding joy. A book to teach us how to move on after death to indeed live again!

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on May 29, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://asimplelifereally.blogspot.com/2014/05/litfuse-review-happy-to-be-alive.html

  • DEEPLY EMOTIONAL

    Reading this book made me happy to be alive. There were several ideas in the book that I’d like to incorporate in my life as a way of documenting the years. Author Chelsea Jacobs is as cute as she can be (just check out her website!) and I’m excited to watch her future in the writing world. I’m also really interested in finding a place in Florida that serves good sweet tea, because the Gold Peak we get at Disney World is NOT the real thing! And sweet tea makes me happy to be alive!

    Written by Savings in Seconds on May 29, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.savingsinseconds.com/happy-to-be-alive/