Sweet with a tinge of sad.
I have to say, this is not the normal romance I reach for. I don’t usually enjoy these tropes but I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book so I decided it was worth giving it a try. While it was at times, a bit too heavy for me and I admittedly did a lot of skimming, this is a pretty great romance with adult characters who make pretty well-informed adult decisions regarding their lives.
The story revolves around Vanessa, a YouTube content creator who travels the world and uploads videos of herself going on adventures. We quickly find out that Vanessa’s goal is to live her life to the absolute fullest as she comes from a family with a history of ALS. The disease claimed the lives of her sister and mother while they were both very young, and until she begins to see any sight of the disease in herself, she tries to embrace every facet of life.
Vanessa’s family life is pretty messed up and she ends up being left in the care of her half-sister’s child without any notice. Thankfully she gets some assistance from her next door neighbor, Adrian, which whom she begins a romance. However as the relationship grows, Vanessa finds herself not wanting to form deep attachments in case she does develop ALS and doesn’t want to leave too many people behind.
This book gets deep on trauma, and I both appreciated and hated it for it. Honestly in some parts it just hit way too close to home which made me want to stop reading purely because reading is my form of escape. That being said it is handled in a really wonderful way and the book is full of emotion and honesty. I loved how our couple didn’t have the typical romance novel tropes to content with and instead dealt with things as adults who were in a situation out of their control.
I would absolutely recommend this, but make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into if familial death, losing a parent or ALS are triggers for you when you’re trying to read something more light and fluffy.
Title: Life’s Too Short
Author: Abby Jimenez
Three Descriptors: Heartwarming, Moving, Thoughtful
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