Hey, all! Today I’m doing a book review on The Daily Life of Hailey Grace by Beloved as part of the blog tour for her book (details below). Read on for my opinions on this novel!
*Note: I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
For Hailey Grace, birthdays suck! She hopes with all her heart that her big day passes without gifts, or even a birthday wish. But with loving parents and two witty best friends who keep her on her toes, there’s no telling what adventure Hailey Grace will be forced to explore this time. Unexpectedly, her best friend Alex challenges her to do something she’s never done before. With that comes a whole new set of rules, and another life Hailey isn’t sure she’s quite ready for. Now questioning all that she has ever believed, she takes Alex up on the dare by asking for something that no one but God can give her. Her request also comes with a twenty-four-hour deadline. As the minutes slowly but surely tick by, Hailey’s life shifts into overdrive and she wonders if she has asked for too much too soon.
This was a very unique and interesting read! I’m not sure how to properly convey my opinions on what happened during most of the story, as it may or may not be considered spoilers, so I’ll try to focus on what I can.
The story follows Hailey Grace, a girl who’s just turned thirteen years old and really hates birthdays. When she accepts a dare from a friend, her life flips completely upside-down… and she begins to question everything.
I did quite enjoy reading this book. It was set on a gorgeous beach island, a part which I particularly liked! There were several storylines that fit in together and, in my personal opinion, were done very smoothly. And… this book was written in third-person omniscient. You know what that means. 😉
The characters were all unique and pretty fun to read about. While I sometimes found Hailey’s actions a touch immature for her age, as the story progressed she matured quickly (for reasons which I shall not impart). Summer was a nice character, if a tad undeveloped, but she falls second to Alex so that was fine with me. I have to commend the author for creating such a lively relationship between Hailey and her family– it’s uncommon for a character to show such close-knit relationships with both parents. My favorite character was probably Alex. ;P His friendship with Hailey was just so sweet. ❤
Now for your information, when I reached the point where Hailey found out what her “birthday gift” was, I was all like, “Oh, really? Cool, whatever… WAIT, WHAT?!” And then I had to mentally backtrack through all that I’d read so far, and then I had to sit there and stare into outer space for about a whole minute before I continued reading. It was… man, it was intense. *Shakes head at self* So, yeah. If you’re thinking about checking this book out, just remember Merie’s bewildered reaction to it.
Personally, I felt that the writing style was a tad bit simpler that I’d like. I would say that the writing would be targeted for a younger audience. Pre-teens? (I really don’t know, since both my and my sister’s reading preferences are really, really confused.)
Lastly, the author did incorporate God into the story! Although I definitely would have preferred a little more explanation on how everything in the storyworld worked out and tied in together, I certainly appreciated it. Even if it was definitely something I did not expect. *Shakes head at self again*
It was a rather quick read that I breezed through in one afternoon, a short novel. It is not your average Christian contemporary, that’s for sure! 😉
There’s a giveaway running for an autographed copy of The Daily Life of Hailey Grace. There will be three winners, of which one Grand Prize Winner will also receive a $10 Amazon gift card!
That’s all for today! Hope you enjoyed my book review!
Until next time,
~ Merie Shen