Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Happy Birthday to Me Again by 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?
With the same dose of comedy and witty dialogues that the first book in the trilogy had, this sequel doesn’t disappoint.
I read the first book and enjoyed it tremendously, but I was a bit hesitant with this one since it didn’t seem like there was any room for a sequel. I’m so glad I was wrong. This book is just as entertaining as the first one, in a whole different way. We get to see Cameron, the protagonist, in a new light. A bit more mature, a bit more responsible, but still finding himself in the midst of a spell, which this time makes him age backwards.
The characters are wonderful. Cameron is cheeky yet lovable, while Hannah, a new witch who comes into his life, is delightfully evil. She is one of my favorites in the book. There are many small characters that fill the pages, though, making the story come to life: Cameron’s grandfather, the librarian, Wes, all these characters that really add to the story as a whole.
The ending, a cliffhanger which I’ll not reveal, was wonderful. It really sets us up for the next book, which I for one am anxiously waiting for. I can recommend this book to pretty much everyone who wants to read something unique and very entertaining.