The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August


“What is the point of me?
Either to change a world-many, many worlds, each touched by the choices I make in my life, for every deed a consequence, and in every love and every sorrow truth-or nothing at all.”


Near the end of his eleventh life, Harry August gets an unexpected visitor. A little girl who tells him that the world is ending. And it’s ending much quicker than it was supposed to. Now it’s up to him to discover the reason why and try to stop it.

The writing is really beautiful. It flows very naturally, but it’s poetic, flowery and almost lyrical.

It’s definitely a character driven book. But when a character driven book fails to make you care about the characters… well, that’s a recipe for a disaster. I can’t remember the last time when I met a character more bland than Harry August. I just felt like he completely lacked personality.

The plot is actually pretty interesting. When it starts. And it doesn’t start until you are like 75% done with the book.

This novel is filled with pointless events and encounters. It could just as well be 150 pages long. It would probably made me enjoy it more.

Sadly, this is another example of a book with an amazing premise, but really poor execution.



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  1. Ah damn. This is on my TBR because the premise sounds amazing, so this is very disappointing to hear :/ Oh well. Do you have any similar time travel books that you enjoyed maybe?


    1. Similar? Not really. While I didn’t really like this book, the concept of it was very unique and original. I read In the Present Tense by Carrie Pack, it also has elements of involuntary time travel. It’s not the best book in the world, but it was pretty enjoyable. And if you like YA literature, you might enjoy Firebird series. The time travel is really peculiar, because it’s based on consciousnees traveling between the alternate versions of the universe. It’s a lot of fun.

      But if you like slow paced books you might still enjoy The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August. I know a lot of people liked this book. It was just definitely not for me 😊

      Happy reading ❤️

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      1. Thank you! I’ve never heard of the Firebird series but it sounds interesting.

        Hah, I don’t really like slow paced books :/ But I suppose I might give it a try one day.

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  2. I actually really loved this one. I agree the plot doesn’t kick in til VERY late. Until then it’s pretty slice of life (or lives, really). I get what you mean about caring about the characters but I think after spending so much time with Harry I was really rooting for him once the plot properly kicked in. I found the end of it very profound and a bit of a gut punch. But I can easily see how this style wouldn’t work for everyone either. 🙂

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  3. Sorry that you didn’t like the book that much. FirSt Fifteen Lives is actually one of my favorite books. I just reread it and I get what you mean about its length but I just adore this book with all my heart

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