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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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2021 Abby Jimenez (P)2021 Hachette Audio

What the critics say

“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)

What listeners say about Life's Too Short

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Buy it!

What a beautiful story! I love how the author wrote the story and how the characters develop. The narration by the voice actors were also exemplary. The did a great job indeed!

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This was such a beautiful story about love and courage - I was so touched by it. The narrators were both amazing and really capture the spirit of both the heroine and the hero ❤️💙

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Loved it

Loved everything about this book, from story to narration. Great listen. Vanessa's character is sharp witted and just all a round funny! You fall in love with Adrian and Vanessa!

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Loved it!!

I absolutely love this book. I listened almost straight through and considered calling in sick to finish it!

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Good book

I liked author’s other stories better, but she does have a very sweet pen and it was joyful to listen to the beautiful voice of the female narrator.

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Lovely

I enjoyed this story immensely and will read again. Cheers to the author and the narrators!

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Heartbreakingly swoon worthy

Vanessa, the heroine in Life’s Too Short, has earned a place in my Heroine Hall of Fame. I loved her so much. Not only is this story epic, the narrators did Justice to this wonderful story. I am going to be te-listening and re-reading this for years to come. Thank you Abby Jimenez. As a woman who lives with an expiration date because i am a heart/lung transplant recipient, thank you for this story and helping me find strength through Vanessa.

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this book broke me in the best way

Abby Jimenez has done it again. Ugh this book was so good. So emotional, and so funny, and so heartfelt, and SO GOOD. This book had me laughing in the first chapter (on par for Abby’s books) and if I’m honest, crying through a lot of it too. Vanessa’s story and loss and Adrian’s anxiety and need for control broke me in honestly the best way. The narrators did an amazing job of bringing these characters to life. Zachary Webber delivered a line in the last 15 minutes of the book that immediately made me burst into tears and MY GOD. Just be prepared to have tissues in case you weep like me. I loved loved loved this book. Always 5 stars for Abby Jimenez.

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I laughed, I cried

I laughed, I cried, I learned a few things about ALS. Entertainment & education .

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  • AislynnEvans
  • 2021-04-07

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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  • Kiki-ri
  • 2021-04-26

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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  • Abbey-shane Lawrence
  • 2021-04-07

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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  • Sara
  • 2021-05-10

Loved this!

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

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  • Susie
  • 2021-04-08

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
  • 2021-04-06

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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  • being_ericamarie
  • 2021-06-03

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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  • norma cortese
  • 2021-05-25

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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  • easthamp1038
  • 2021-05-07

By far my favorite book in a while

I loved this book. Great story, great narration, the right combination of fun, romance, tears, and ending. Loved it!!!

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  • Paula Towe
  • 2021-05-06

I can’t believe how much I loved this book

I so enjoyed The Happily Ever After Playlist but this one blew me away..... loved the characters soooo much.. will miss them

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