Life's Too Short Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A brilliant and touching romantic comedy from the USA Today best-selling author of The Friend Zone and The Happy Ever After Playlist.
When Vanessa Price quit her job to pursue her dream of traveling the globe, she wasn't expecting to gain millions of YouTube followers who shared her joy of seizing every moment. For her, living each day to its fullest isn't just a motto. Her mother and sister never saw the age of 30, and Vanessa doesn't want to take anything for granted.
But after her half sister suddenly leaves Vanessa in custody of her baby daughter, life goes from "daily adventure" to "next-level bad" (now with bonus baby vomit in hair). The last person Vanessa expects to show up offering help is the hot lawyer next door, Adrian Copeland. After all, she barely knows him. No one warned her that he was the Secret Baby Tamer or that she'd be spending a whole lot of time with him and his geriatric Chihuahua.
Now she's feeling things she's vowed not to feel. Because the only thing worse than falling for Adrian is finding a little hope for a future she may never see.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 6 minutes|
|Narrator||Christine Lakin, Zachary Webber|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 06, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #3,326 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#55 in Romantic Comedy (Audible Books & Originals)
#126 in Family Life Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#146 in Contemporary Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
Reviewed in the United States on April 6, 2021
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The story follows Vanessa, a woman who knows she has a 50/50 chance of developing ALS, a disease that has taken the lives of several women in her family before they reached the age of thirty. Knowing that, she lives every day as if it could be her last, and she’s built up a successful vlog dedicated to the cause. Though she’s very successful, Vanessa’s life seems to be one never-ending hot mess, and she would never wish that on anyone else – or bring anyone else into that (possibly temporary) life. So her world gets complicated when she becomes the guardian to a baby girl, meets a man who makes her feel complete, and finds herself falling in love against her will.
It took awhile for me to like Vanessa, because she is so focused on her death. Simple as that. I appreciate that the author wove that storyline into the whole book, but it does take a bit to wrap your head around. Adrian, on the other hand, I loved right away. He doesn’t know what hit him, and he’s completely unprepared for the whirlwind that is Vanessa. I loved the two of them together, and the quieter moments are fantastic. This author has a skill for putting her readers on an emotional journey, and this has a little of everything. The back half was really the strongest part of the book for me, which is the opposite of my last two experiences with her work. Once Vanessa won me over, I was entirely invested in their love story, and that made the ups and downs more impactful. This is a rom com with emotion, and just the kind of book I love to read. I was lucky enough to receive an early copy (then purchased it for my collection), and am voluntarily leaving a review of this heartfelt romance.
I LOVED this book so much and it took me out of my dreaded end of the year slump.
I told myself I would take my time with this book and inhaled it in two days. HA! This story is much more than a typical romance novel. Don’t get me wrong there’s romance and I loved the connection that Vanessa and Adrian shared, but this story will make you stop and think about life, your choices, everything. I found myself reflecting because at times I do feel like I’m not living life to it’s fullest and I need to do better.
I laughed, smiled and teared up all while reading this story. I related to this story on SO many levels. Growing up my Dad was addicted to drugs and it tore our family apart. Having a family member that is an addict is NO joke and having one for a parent is a special kind of torture. This book also touches on terminal illnesses, anxiety issues and family dynamics. It showcased the good, the bad, the ugly and this book was JUST what I needed to close out a tough year.
After reading this story, Jimenez has rightfully earned a spot on my favorite author list. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this heartfelt story when it releases in April. When you do make sure to check out the authors note as well.
I was so intrigued with Adrian when he first appeared at the end of The Happy Ever After Playlist. And when I learned this was going to be his book, I flipped out.
This is such a beautiful story that I was so hooked on and binged so quickly. This has Abby’s trademark humor and banter. However, the friendship that developed between Adrian and Vanessa was so mind blowing. I cherished every minute of watching their relationship grow and turn into something more.
Abby beautifully tackles real and traumatic hardships and brings light to these tough situations. She’s able to eloquently balance humor without sacrificing the gut wrenching emotions that come with the heavy topics that are in her books. For the sake of not ruining someone’s experience going into this book, I won’t touch on too much or go into detail.
But we go through both character’s stories. You learn their childhood history, their family issues. It’s not a cookie-cutter romance. There are trials, tribulations, and heartbreak that follow both characters. You get to watch their relationships bloom despite what they’ve both been through. We get to be with them when they make mistakes, when they do the wrong thing and say the wrong thing. These characters are real and flawed and yet your heart can’t not go out to them. They’re beautiful people with incredible hearts and are just trying to figure out their lives as much as the next person. Which means they’re so relatable.
This story was beautiful to read and I can’t wait for others to be able to share the feeling that comes with reading this. That despite everything you may be suffering, you don’t have to bear the brunt of your burdens alone. People will be there to fight for you and with you.
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<u>Good things first:</u>
• I liked the writing (this is a new author to me). I read this in record time because it just flowed very well, both the story and the way it was told.
• I liked the humour, it wasn’t extremely funny but the banter between the characters was smart and entertaining.
• The plot itself was simple and to be honest there wasn’t very much there, but that wasn’t a bad thing necessarily, I expected maybe a bit more but again, it was okay the way it was in the end.
• I loved how the people in Vanessa’s life were portrayed. Her family was described as deeply flawed and yet that wasn’t written as being a bad thing necessarily, but as a learning curve. Everyone has their own battles and their own way of being there for their loved ones. I loved the uniqueness of those characters and the fact that they were humanised, not demonised. I particularly loved her dad and her brother. They were awesome and her brother cracked me up whenever he had any dialogue.
• I definitely liked the overall message that the book tried to convey. It was all about living in the now, forgiving and letting go of grudges because they only weight you down, enjoying the little things if you can’t afford the bigger ones. Understanding and listening to those around us even if we think we know better because one experience does not fit all.
• I think Adrian and Vanessa had a lot of chemistry but I feel like they should have had more build up to the kind of love they professed to have. I was left feeling indifferent to their love story by the end.
• I think I loved the first part of this book more than the second half because I felt there was more potential in the beginning but I didn’t end up feeling the things I thought I’d feel.
• I don’t think some of Vanessa’s accomplishments in regards to her job made sense. The logistics felt a bit off to me. I also didn’t particularly like the name dropping of everywhere she’s been and what she’s done and who she’s seen. I think it took away from the genuineness of why she’s doing what she’s doing. And she gave me a lot of the “I’m different than other women” vibes.
• I don’t like how ALS was used as the instigator for most of the action in this book only to pull away at the end and give her a magical pass on the family genes - (<i>it was left kind of open ended but with hints that she won’t develop the disease, since she already reached 30- an age by which she should have died according to her family history)</I> I get her fears and struggles with her possible diagnosis, I think that was well done but the way it ended, it felt off. I’m not saying I wish she would have gotten ALS and a death sentence, I don’t really know what would have worked better, but I know I didn’t like the false alarm angle when they discovered it was something else causing her symptoms.
Vanessa Price has a huge YouTube following for her travel vlog but all that has been put on hold after her eighteen year old little sister dumps her baby and runs off. Now she's supporting her deadbeat family and looking after a baby full-time.
Adrian feels sorry for Vanessa and starts helping her out, then his assistant volunteers him to foster an old incontinent and toothless chihuahua and the two of them start sharing their fostering responsibilities.
Vanessa has a 50% chance of inheriting a fatal, undiagnosable form of ALS which has killed several of her female relatives before their thirtieth birthday, at age twenty-nine she's living on borrowed time but has fully embraced the idea of living in the moment and enjoying life to the full.
Adrian has never met anyone like Vanessa and her attitude to life speaks deeply to him, but he has only watched a couple of her YouTube vlogs and has no idea that she could have ALS, he just thinks that the deaths of her mother and sister have made her a little fatalistic.
This was a cute romance, heck a wheezy dog and a baby - what more could you ask?
I know more about ALS now too, its sweet but too mushy , you won't regret reading it
The connection between Adrian and Vanessa is so well written and there are frequent laugh out loud moments....and some tears too.
I'm looking forward to Abby's next book.