A Messy, Beautiful Life by Sara Jade Alan – eARC Review

A Messy, Beautiful LifePublication Date:

October 2nd 2017


Entangled TEEN

Goodreads Synopsis:

Life is funny sometimes.

And not always the ha, ha kind. Like that one time where a hot guy tried to kiss me and I fell. Down. Hard. And then found out I had cancer.

I’m trying to be strong for my friends and my mom.

And I’m trying so hard to be “just friends” with that hot guy, even though he seems to want so much more. But I won’t do that to him. He’s been through this before with his family, and I’m not going to let him watch me die.

So, I tell myself: Smile Ellie. Be funny Ellie. Don’t cry Ellie, because once I start, I might not stop.


*I was provided a copy by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

As you might know I haven’t been in the mood to read young adult in the past few months. I’m tired of all the teenage drama and I don’t like as much as I used to. However, the cover for A Messy, Beautiful Life really caught my attention and when I read the blurb I knew I wanted to read this one. Good thing I did it because I ended up enjoying this one a lot.

Let’s talk about the first things first, and in this case the subject of this book: cancer. Let’s all be honest, books about cancer are never easy to read.  Those books are always heartbreaking, especially if it’s a teenager who has cancer or even if you ever had someone in your family going through that. For some reason this one felt different but in a good way. Yeah, it’s a book about cancer and yeah, the main character, Ellie, and her friends and family are worried about it and the consequences it might bring. However, this book is so much more. It’s also about family, friendship and finding love in difficult times. I loved that about this book. I loved the relationships between the characters. I loved Ellie’s relationship with her mom and how much they supported each other. I loved how her relationship with her dad got better because they talked about things that should be talked about. I loved her relationship with her two best friends and also with Jason, the love interest. Above all of this, I loved her relationship with her stepbrother, Craig. As you can see relationships were the best in this book and it was great how much everyone ended up supporting Ellie through the most difficult time in her life.

I also loved how amazing Ellie was. She was such a strong girl. It’s true that at some points she just wanted to cry and stay home all by herself, but who wouldn’t in her situation? Anther thing I really like was how improv was included in this book. There’s something you don’t see enough in books.

Overall, this was a really good book and I ended up enjoying it a lot. It also helps that the writing was fantastic. I definitely recommend this one to everyone and I can’t wait what Sara Jade Alan releases next.


Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If you haven’t read it would you read it?

4 thoughts on “A Messy, Beautiful Life by Sara Jade Alan – eARC Review

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