Sam never liked his birthdays because not a single one of them was happy... When he turned 1, he fell face-down into his birthday cake; when he turned 5, he broke his left arm and when he turned 7, he broke his right arm and his left leg; when he turned 12, his house caught fire. Now Sam is about to turn 16 and he is dreading the day. The only birthday wish he has is for Jake who is the Mr. Popular of Arcadia High to even acknowledge his existence, or better yet give him a happy-birthday kiss. But Sam knows that it’s not gonna happen. Or is it?
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes because mainly this shows how much my high school love had found me and something like this has happened to my friend but not his birthday curse.
What did you like best about this story?
That Sam and Mitch ended up together.
What does Michael Pauley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
That The unexpected happened by getting a birthday kiss from Jake and getting something better from Mitch
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Yes I Did Laugh and cry because i am away and miss my love
Any additional comments?
write more like this or something similar to this because i cant enough of this.
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This is a cute story and there’s some pretty good writing done by the cowriters Perie Wolford and Michelle Doering.
What I appreciated about the story is that it was simple. There was an appropriate amount of situational angst, but no existential crisis used by the writers to power the narrative. It’s basically a story about a kid trying to find the appropriate and worthy focus of his growing emotional and physical needs.
I also appreciated that this was not a story involving a villain or a bad guy or girl brought in to add narrative tension. Because of the rather simple narrative and the limited amount of prose, there was little in the way of those typically tiresome male/male romance tropes. The main character was written in a very believable way. It was enjoyable to experience his world through his point of view.
As far as the things that I wish were better: Why do so many writers in this genre seem to have forgotten how public schools and their sports teams work? I can’t even list the number of sentences that, once read out to me, took me out of the story because the action being described was so improbable in the world that this book wants to inhabit. Dear Lord, is it that hard to write just another paragraph or two and get the process believable?
The other issue that cause me to roll my eyes a few times was some deus ex machina setups that allowed important plot points to occur as if out of the blue. Again, it’s just a matter of spending a little bit of time to lay the groundwork to make these things happen in a way that doesn’t cause foreheads to be slapped. At the end, the narrator specifically mentions the editor, Michelle Doering, was she on Ambien?
I got this 3-hour story as part of the Romance Package, so I’m not going to be overly picky about some of the literary achievements of this book. For what it was, it was an entertaining and largely satisfying listen while doing housework.
A well intended and performed "First Kiss* story. Too Fairytalish for a teen reader.