A Messy, Beautiful Life by Sara Jade Alan

My Rating: 5 Stars!!!!!

Cover Rating: 10/10 It is gorgeous!

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Publish Date: October 2nd, 2017

Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review

Purchase: Amazon


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.

*subject to change*

Opening Sentence: “I could practically smell the nervous sweat under my pits as I peeked out from behind the curtains at the packed house.”


THIS BOOK IS SO INCREDIBLE! I immediately fell in love with its quick-witted dialogue, hilarity, and emotional moments. This book about love, life, and everything in between made me laugh out loud and then cry just as loudly.

Ellie’s story is heartbreaking and yet all at once courageously funny. The ups and downs of falling in love with a boy whose mom passed away from cancer while you yourself find out you have cancer are unique and yet strangely beautiful. This book gives me shivers of happiness and I am 100% in love with it.

I also love how well this book captured the awkwardness of falling in love and then the warm feeling that comes when things begin to fall into place. There are just so many fabulous details of interactions between characters that make the plot line feel so real. When you read you fall deeply in love with the characters and everyone becomes more then just a fictional name on the page.

I devoured A Messy, Beautiful Life and I simply want everyone to see it’s beauty for themselves. This is definitely a book that does John Green fans proud.

Thanks for reading! Please, please read A Messy, Beautiful Life! I know I am going to be gushing about it for ages to come and I just want to share my love of this with everyone.

Let me know your thoughts down in the comments.

-Till next time!


10 thoughts on “A Messy, Beautiful Life: A Review

  1. Totally got chills reading this review. It is quite a situation the author created, and I am so excited to see what she does with it. I am reading this soon (next week?). I know it will be sad, but I am crossing my fingers for hopeful.

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  2. Okay WOW that cover is gorgeous. I’ve just added this to my TBR because you have me so completely sold and just… it sounds so heartbreakingly. I’m most certainly going to cry. It’s most certainly going to break my heart into a million pieces. I’m most certainly going to love it and force it on everyone I know. Ah, the glorious circle of life!

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    1. YES!!!!! READ THIS BOOK! SO GOOD! It is one of my absolute favorites and you’ll laugh out loud and cry and feel all the feels and you will love it all the more at the end and then you’ll appreciate the meaning behind the cover art and then you’ll get to fangirl with me and I will be so happy!!!! 😄

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