Life's Too Short
by Jimenez, Abby






Gaining an unexpected online following after quitting her job to travel the world, a woman anticipating a short life becomes the guardian of her infant niece before her resolve to avoid relationships is tested by a baby-savvy lawyer.





 
 





*Starred Review* Travel vlogger and internet sensation Vanessa Price cannot resist hot guys with beards, and one neighbor in her apartment building, workaholic attorney Adrian Copeland, is ticking off every box on her dream-date checklist. Add in Adrian's uncanny ability to get Grace, Vanessa's newborn niece, to stop crying as well as the fact that he is fostering a cranky yet adorable old chihuahua, and Vanessa just might be in love. However, while dating Adrian might seem to be perfect on paper, there is a big catch. Given her family's medical history with ALS, Vanessa knows that in the real world she can't let herself become romantically involved with anyone, even a man who could very well be her soul mate. Jimenez (The Happily Ever After Playlist, 2020) continues to burnish her well-deserved reputation for delivering truly unforgettable love stories by gifting lucky readers with another sneaky-sweet yet surprisingly sexy romance. Jimenez achieves stunning emotional depth as her realistically imperfect characters power a story line that is in equal measures realistically heart-breaking and gloriously hopeful. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.





When neighbors become so much more, it changes the trajectory of their lives forever. Vanessa Price may have only a year left to live. She inherited a gene that gives her a 50% risk of contracting amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the fatal disease that afflicted her grandmother, her mother, and her older sister, Melanie. She's dedicated her adult life to enjoying each moment like it's her last, traveling the world and using the funds from her popular YouTube channel to donate to ALS research. Vanessa's not looking to be tied down by this disease, her dysfunctional family‚?"or a romantic relationship. But when her half sister, Annabel, descends into drug abuse and drops her infant daughter on Vanessa's doorstep, she has no choice but to stick around in Minnesota for the first time in years. Luckily, she's got a hot next-door neighbor, and he's knocking on her door at 4 a.m. When Adrian Copeland helps Vanessa with a screaming baby, he doesn't expect to get wrapped up in her universe so quickly. But they start seeing each other every day, and he finds himself falling for her. The problem? She's made it clear that she doesn't date. And when Vanessa reveals that she's been displaying symptoms of early-onset ALS, they both must decide what they really want out of life. Jimenez has become known for books such as The Happily-Ever After Playlist (2020) that blend tragicomedy with romance, and she tackles many big issues here‚?"mortality, drug abuse, mental illness‚?"with tact. But the plot gets tedious as the mystery of Vanessa's prognosis drags on. Some readers may also balk at the instant connection between the two main characters, who share everything from house keys to child care in just days. Jimenez's rom-com formula feels a bit stale on the third go-round. Copyright Kirkus 2021 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.





When neighbors become so much more, it changes the trajectory of their lives forever. Vanessa Price may have only a year left to live. She inherited a gene that gives her a 50% risk of contracting amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the fatal disease that afflicted her grandmother, her mother, and her older sister, Melanie. She's dedicated her adult life to enjoying each moment like it's her last, traveling the world and using the funds from her popular YouTube channel to donate to ALS research. Vanessa's not looking to be tied down by this disease, her dysfunctional family‚?"or a romantic relationship. But when her half sister, Annabel, descends into drug abuse and drops her infant daughter on Vanessa's doorstep, she has no choice but to stick around in Minnesota for the first time in years. Luckily, she's got a hot next-door neighbor, and he's knocking on her door at 4 a.m. When Adrian Copeland helps Vanessa with a screaming baby, he doesn't expect to get wrapped up in her universe so quickly. But they start seeing each other every day, and he finds himself falling for her. The problem? She's made it clear that she doesn't date. And when Vanessa reveals that she's been displaying symptoms of early-onset ALS, they both must decide what they really want out of life. Jimenez has become known for books such as The Happily-Ever After Playlist (2020) that blend tragicomedy with romance, and she tackles many big issues here‚?"mortality, drug abuse, mental illness‚?"with tact. But the plot gets tedious as the mystery of Vanessa's prognosis drags on. Some readers may also balk at the instant connection between the two main characters, who share everything from house keys to child care in just days. Jimenez's rom-com formula feels a bit stale on the third go-round. Copyright Kirkus 2021 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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