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Publisher's Summary

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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©2021 Abby Jimenez (P)2021 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

“Abby Jimenez’s Life’s Too Short is a hilarious, tender, and altogether life-affirming gem of a book. This is the kind of novel that leaves you a little better than when it found you. Jimenez is a true talent.” (Emily Henry, New York Times best-selling author of Beach Read)

“Abby Jimenez’s knack for tackling heavy subjects with humor and care shines through in this exquisitely written story about love, difficult family relationships, and living life to its fullest.” (Farrah Rochon, USA Today best-selling author of The Boyfriend Project)

“Heartfelt and swoony...Jimenez masterfully blends heavy issues and humor, lacing the tear-jerking heartache with sass and sarcasm. Series fans and newcomers alike will be moved by this emotional rom-com.” (Publishers Weekly)

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This book was very sad!

I wish this came with a warning, but my preference is to listen to romance books that take me away from life's heartaches. I don't want to read romance about terminal illness, death, addiction, etc. I really liked Abby's other books, but this one was a bit too heavy for me. I will be returning. :(

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Good good what is this crap?

I bought this due to all of the glowing reviews. Did we all read the same book?? The two main characters are supposed to be smart and witty but both of them have their heads up their asses the entire time. The writing is atrocious; if you took a shot for every time a character “scoffs” or “raises an eyebrow,” you’d be drunk five minutes into the story. Halfway through the book I was wishing for all the characters to die.

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Live for Today

Live for today - that's the ongoing theme that comes across in this story. I went into this book with the understanding that I would probably laugh a bit and cry a lot. It didn't disappoint. Vanessa and Adrian compliment each other perfectly from them moment they meet.

I loved the themes in this story and found it surprisingly uplifting. The dark periods and heavy content was much lighter than I had expected based on the previous two novels, especially TFZ (though to be honest that could be due to the personal connection I felt with the characters and storyline of that book). I also expected more heat than we got in this one. It was still a sweet romance with a nice wrap up, however I would have liked to see a little more sexy time details and a little less of the curtain closed post coital wrap up 😘 I really appreciated the cameos from some well loved characters!

I truly enjoyed the narration in this. Christine Lakin is a new narrator to me but I'm familiar with her acting work/voice. She has a pleasing pace and a good register for both her female and male characters. Zachary Webber also did a great job as usual (but as a 1 click narrator for me that's to be expected). I particularly liked how he delivered the BuzzFeed-esk chapter titles! Also, as expected, he was the one who made me ugly cry 😭 He's so good at bringing on ALL the feels, but especially pain and despair!

Overall I was happy I picked this up. Between the story and the audio performances it's worth the credit. Definitely could be a standalone but I highly recommend reading the first 2 because they are so worth it!
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Good Lesson in this one

I went into this one not knowing what to really expect, I listened to the sample and knew I was on board with the narration. This story line although it has humor, it also has a lesson for us all. Live for today, life really is just too short. If we are so worried about the future and what might happen we miss out on so much of what life offers us each day. I also felt a connection to the story line because I had a cousin/sister that also had ALS and passed shortly after finally being diagnosed with it. Abby did great research in finding out just how they go about diagnosing ALS, reading this story I felt like I was reliving what my cousin went through. There are other debilitating "illnesses" that have affected Vanessa's family and even Adrian.

Adrian and Vanessa develop a great friendship, he is a lawyer "workaholic" and she is a travel blogger living each day as best and to the fullest while also helping her family and taking care of her sisters baby. They help each other discover so much about themselves.

This was just a great unexpected story.

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Has good moments but too long

I really enjoyed the beginning of this book, it was funny with moments of sadness with the main characters fear of a terminal disease. It got really long in the middle for me with the angst of the two main characters. They don’t communicate well and it’s almost madding. The I love him/her but he/she doesn’t love me goes on WAY too long. I also found the different “moods” of the book a bit annoying. The beginning is funny with lots of silly things and then the last half is all dread and angst. It felt odd, like it should have kept a mood throughout. The narrators do a good job so that kept me going. I know a lot of people really loved this book, for me it was hard to get through, it could have been a lot shorter and made a better impact.

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Worth the wait!

I stayed home from work to listen to this book ... and it was worth it! Loved the characters and the story!

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Amazing

OMG, the plot twist through out this book had me on edge! I couldn't wait to get home to finish it. As I listened to the story I could imaged watching the movie. The writing had me laughing, crying, and praying for the characters.

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Loved this!

What a fun distraction. Very enjoyable story. Great characters that had you wanting the best for them.

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So good!

I rarely give 5 stars but I would give it 6 or 7 if I could. I loved how you can feel for both characters and the storyline flowed really well. After listening to two sub par books (one I didn’t finish) this was a breath of fresh air and something I really needed. Christine is new to me as a narrator but I really like her! Zachary can do now wrong.

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  • Ty
  • 04-06-21

Another great one from Abby Jimenez

I have had this book on my wish list for sometime and finally purchased and listened to it in the same day. Wonderful story and performance. It will be one I listen to again and again.

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  • Ceinwen
  • 10-24-21

thanks again for a nother good book

this book was awesome and a good performance thank you abby and the two performers who made this book come alive

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  • Holly A.
  • 09-19-21

Pleasant listen

I really enjoyed this audio book. My only critique the Australian accent which is occasionally used could do with re-recording!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-15-21

heart warming

I smiled, cried and thoroughly enjoyed this book. a good story that deals with difficult issues in a sensitive thoughtful way while giving you a heart warming story of love and acceptance. its well worth the credit and I'll be looking for more books from this author.

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  • Rachel
  • 06-25-21

Annoying Narration

I found the story was good and I liked the characters.
I didn't like the narration. The female voice told by Adrian was annoying.

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  • carly munroe
  • 05-26-21

Beautiful!

Beautiful story & fabulous book!

So well written & fantastically read.. definitely going to be listening to more from this author. Thank you 🙏

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  • AmyOHK
  • 04-23-21

⭐️ Another winner ⭐️

I’ve become a big fan of this author, this is the third book I’ve listened to and really enjoyed. She’s not scared to tackle difficult subjects that will affect long term partners. I’ll await the next book eagerly.

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  • Jacqueline Torr
  • 04-13-21

Fabulous

Another gorgeous poignant story from abby jiminez! Loved the two main characters and the narrators really brought them to life! Made me laugh out loud and cry! Loved too that we caught up with the characters from the friend zone and the happy ever after playlist! Can't wait for the next book - hurry up abby!!

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  • Emma C.
  • 04-10-21

Delightful

Really enjoyed this, wonderful narration (although questionable Australian accent on occasion), timelines were a little all over the place, but a heartwarming story nonetheless.

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  • Becky Rideout
  • 04-07-21

Fantastic!

Absolutely loved this book and really enjoyed the narration from both actors. Couldn't turn off until I'd finished.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-19-21

heartstrings tugged

Yes, it's predictable but that isn't a bad thing. A light and warm read with engaging characters. finished this in 1 day.

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  • NightOwlAunt
  • 09-19-21

Realistic!

fell in love with this book..
Somehow we've fantasize that there's one man in reality like "Adrian"

Story? Very realistic, like in normal life
I will definitely recommend this title.

Narrators? very versatile

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  • Paullette
  • 08-22-21

Fun listen

But those accents.......were they Australian and Kiwi? Was cringe worthy.
Easy listen but I found the ending disappointing and felt it was all tied off perfectly too quickly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-16-21

This is the perfect book

Great story, fantastic characters and excellent voice work. 100% recommended.

It fits so perfectly in line with the other two friendzone books too.

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  • Lauren Attard
  • 04-22-21

Life’s Too Short Not To Read Abby Jimenez Books

Thank you for another fabulous book Abby
I fell in love the characters i always feel sad when the book is finished!
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  • Karissa
  • 04-13-21

loved it

Good storyline however, I still love her other two books more as they less predictable. The downside was how bad the Aussie sounded but it didn't happen much.

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  • Sandra C
  • 04-10-21

Cute story

Cute story. I enjoy Abbey Jiminez's characters. Zachary Webber and Christine Lakin deliver a pretty sharp performance, but the attempt at an Australian accent by Ms Lakin is woeful and painful to the Australian ear 😏