A Messy, Beautiful Life by Sara Jade Alan
Publication Date: October 2, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen
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.
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Alan’s debut A Messy, Beautiful Life is the type of quirky contemporary I love to read. Ever since Glee hit the screens , I have love reading stories that tell stories of clubs/ teams are different. Not the stereotypical groups/ team we always find in contemporaries and the improvisation comedy team fit the bill . Yet that isn’t why I kept reading this book, devouring it. It was the life lessons that you took away from this book. The moments that you could relate and understood , the heart warming and the heartbreaking
This book had everything and had me caught up in the moment wondering what would happen to Ellie as the story unfolded. As it was heavy and deep, examining life, and how in one moment , life can turn upside down. In the last way you expect after the typical cliche. The first kiss, with the person you have been crushing on is a moment you don’t forget. However for Ellie whose life has given plenty of highs and lows. This might be the most defining point for Ellie as the aftermath isn’t pretty. Taking a tumble is something that would mortify any teenager but Ellie maybe the best the thing that happened to her
As her life becomes messy and beautiful like the title suggestions . Ellie’s story unfolds like the blurb describes as her life changes with the c word. Cancer. It could have been doom and gloom and become a really sappy book . But Alan’s prose doesn’t make it to be. She challenges things and shows that life doesn’t have to stop . That you can be in control of your own messy beautiful life. That life may give you lemons but you can make lemonade out of it. This what I loved about this book. Ellie’s sense of humour and the characters that surround her. They showed the true meaning of friendship and more. They cared for each other , they laugh and did life together. It might have been Ellie’s story but it soon become others and a talking point for a number of issues. I liked how Alan mashed the two big things of this book together and made it worked together beautiful as Ellie really shown through as a result. Her strength showed to us readers and showed it was okay to make fun of moments. It was okay to laugh about the tough things about life. It was okay to still have the dreams and wishes like any other teenager. Life didn’t become hard, it just become more messy and beautiful.
Alan’s debut maybe fictional but I loved how she put her own passions and story into this novel. The cover is perfect for this novel and I do hope people pick up this story as it one that speaks volume as it isn’t too far from reality. With plenty of YA releases hitting the shelves this month and being spoilt for choice. This one of my picks for this month and there is a good reason why. It left me addicted and wanting more about these characters.
Sara Jade Alan wrote her first comedy sketch during second grade recess, then cast it, directed it, and made costumes out of garbage bags. Since then, she has performed in over a thousand improvised and scripted shows all over the country. When she lived in New York City with her college improv group, she worked as an assistant to a best-selling author of young adult novels featuring strong female heroes and was completely inspired by her books and the awesomeness of her teen fans. Spending a year on crutches, Sara turned to writing her own young adult stories and was hooked. Currently, she is one-half of the comedy duo, The Novelistas, who perform about writing and teach performance to writers. Hailing from a suburb of Chicago, Sara now lives in Colorado with her husband—who she met in that college improv group—and daughter, who they waited a bunch of years to make. She is a member of and guest instructor at Lighthouse Writers Workshop.