Death and Other Happy Endings by Melanie Cantor – My Review

Release Date: July 9th 2019

Genre: Family Life Fiction


There’s nothing like being told that in three months you’ll be dead to make you think about what you really want in life

“A novel about self-discovery, with plenty of surprises and a snappy, Bridget-Jones-gets-a-terminal-diagnosis vibe.” –Booklist

Jennifer Cole has just been told that she has a terminal blood disorder and has just three months to live–ninety days to say goodbye to friends and family, and to put her affairs in order. Ninety days to come to terms with a diagnosis that is unfair, unexpected, and completely unpronounceable. Focusing on the positives (she won’t have to go on in a world without Bowie or Maya Angelou; she won’t get Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s like her parents, or have teeth that flop out at the mere mention of the word apple), Jennifer realizes she only has one real regret: the relationships she’s lost.

Rather than running off to complete a frantic bucket list, Jennifer chooses to stay put and write a letter to the three most significant people in her life, to say the things she wished she’d said before but never dared: her overbearing, selfish sister, her jelly-spined, cheating ex-husband, and her charming, unreliable ex-boyfriend–and finally tell them the truth.

At first, Jennifer feels cleansed by her catharsis. Liberated, even. Her ex-boyfriend rushes to her side and she even starts to build bridges with her sister Isabelle (that is, once Isabelle’s confirmed that Jennifer’s condition isn’t genetic). But once you start telling the truth, it’s hard to stop. And as Jennifer soon discovers, the truth isn’t always as straightforward as it seems, and death has a way of surprising you….

~My Review~

What would you do if you were told you only had three months to live? I mean we’ve all thought about it at some point. That’s exactly what happened to Jennifer. Where do you go from that? She decides to write letters to the three people who she wanted some type of closure with. We follow Jennifer as she deals with her impending death and the repercussions of her letters.

I enjoyed this book. I wan’t expecting the twist and that ending but totally ok with that! Surprises are good. There are some pretty colorful characters. The jerk ones made you want to strangle them and there were plenty of them in this book. I tried to like Jennifer but some of her decisions and choices made it hard to root for her at times. All in all, this is a good read. It’s a story of hope and of life lessons. You have some feels moments. I look forward to checking out other books by this author. I give this 4 stars.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*

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