Life’s Too Short by Abby Jimenez | Book Review

I am obsessed with Abby Jimenez’s books. Each one seems even better than the one before. Reading Life’s Too Short, her third book was such a treat. I fell hard and fast for this book and basically inhaled it. Readers who need a guaranteed outpouring of feelings and great characters and a can’t stop won’t stop reading type of book HAVE to pick up Life’s Too Short. I know that I personally will be shouty and pushy about this book for a long time. I can also tell that it will end up being one of my favorites of the year.

Life’s Too Short opens with Adrian trying to sleep with his girlfriend, Rachel. Only, there is a baby loudly crying in the apartment next door. So, Adrian walks over to talk to his neighbor and see why the baby is crying so much. It is then that he meets Vanessa. Vanessa has recently, unexpectedly obtained custody of her niece, Grace. She’s nearly at the end of her rope for the night when Adrian knocks on her door. But, he’s not a dick, he actually offers to hold Gracie while Vanessa takes a shower. And that, my friends, is only the beginning. You see, Vanessa and Adrian become wonderful friends and it turns out, Adrian is awesome with Grace.

Adrian ends up single the same night that he knocks on Vanessa’s door. And okay we all root for the two to get together, but that doesn’t happen just yet. Instead, Adrian and Vanessa develop this wonderful, deep friendship. Adrian is a lawyer who has devoted so much of his life to work and just hasn’t stopped to smell the roses. Meanwhile, Vanessa is a travel vlogger. She’s actually quite famous. Vanessa is spontaneous and adventurous and hardly says no. That’s because she unfortunately has a 50/50 chance of carrying the gene for ALS which means she may die before she’s thirty, like her mother, sister, aunt, and grandmother did. She won’t enter into a relationship because of this chance, she doesn’t want to put that on anyone. But, life is short, and Adrian just might change Vanessa’s mind.

I really loved Life’s Too Short. Like if I didn’t have to work for a living, I would have just read it all in one sitting. As it was, I would reward myself for completing tasks and data analysis with a chapter from this book. And you know, after reading this book, I ended up adding it and The Friend Zone to my birthday/Christmas/just because wishlist. After all, I am reading all my own unread books to clear space on my shelf for books that I LOVED – books like this. I loved Adrian, I loved Vanessa, I loved Grace and omg even Harry Puppins won me over. There were so many emotions while reading this book but it was SO WORTH IT. This is my favorite of Abby Jimenez’s works and if you check it out, you will see why.


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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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