Birthday by Meredith Russo


Boyhood meets The Sun Is Also a Star in this unconventional love story about two teens bonded for life when they are born on the same day at the same time by award-winning author Meredith Russo!Two kids, Morgan and Eric, are bonded for life after being born on the same day at the same time. We meet them once a year on their shared birthday as they grow and change: as Eric figures out who he is and how he fits into the world, and as Morgan makes t...

Details Birthday

Release DateMay 21st, 2019
PublisherFlatiron Books
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, LGBT, Romance

Reviews Birthday

  • Larry H
    Meredith Russo, this book absolutely blew me away.Eric and Morgan have known each other since birth. That's not hyperbole—they were born on the same day in the same hospital, and there was a snowstorm, so both families were snowed in. Their families were close, at least until Morgan's mother died of cancer. But the boys have been best friends their entire lives.As their 13th birthday approaches, Morgan knows things are changing. What Morgan kno...
  • Lola
    Three years ago, I read Meredith Russo’s debut – If I Was Your Girl – and I enjoyed it, but I could not have predicted it becoming a bestseller and award-winning novel, because although I found it sweet and meaningful, it was not a page-turner for me. Birthday is very different from her debut, so different that I feel a switch was made in the author’s mind or she wanted to tell a heart-breaking story instead of a mainly heart-blossoming o...
  • Gabby
    Huge thanks to Flat Iron Books for the ARC!Holy crap, I loved this book. I loved it so much more than I thought it would. I finished it one one day and it’s been a while since I’ve done that. I just absolutely adored Morgan and Eric. The premise of this book is super vague so I’m going to try to keep this review as vague as possible - but wow. My fucking heart hurts and this book is so powerful and so important. I love the way this story is...
  • Camryn
    I feel like crying. I couldn’t put this down because I fell in love with both Eric and Morgan. This broke my heart and twisted it and made me tear up. But it was also so triumphant. This is going to save lives.
  • Hollis
    BIRTHDAY blew me away. "I don't think we have much choice in who we turn out to be, as much as we might want to."I honestly don't even know what to say. But my god. I was choking back the sobs by page thirty and that more or less was what I did throughout the rest of the book, too. And just thinking about the journey makes me want to cry.What do you do when you can't swim up, you can't swim down, and staying put will suffocate you?As always I wen...
  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    I’m just sitting here crying??? This was so wonderful, and I think Morgan’s story (and Eric’s) will resonate with so many people. The format— Birthday is told through snapshots of the two main characters’ birthdays from age 13-18– was executed to perfection. The Southern small-town setting was all-too realistic. Birthday is a great reminder that coming out stories are still important and that there are so many coming out narratives th...
  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is
    I started reading Birthday on 5/10/2019 and finished it on 5/11/2019. This book is a fantastic read! As soon as I read Morgan’s view I felt heartbroken for him because of his mom. Gosh, I cried so much reading this book! I also really like Eric too. Eric’s such a good person and a caring friend despite having those jerks for brothers and dad. Their struggles felt so real and the secrets they live with makes me ache for them. Both of the main ...
  • Kate
    5/5starsthis was perfect. i cried. please read this.
  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    ♦ Video Review ♦Birthday is one of the most heartbreaking and simultaneously hopeful novels I have read in a long time. Meredith Russo had a perfect balance between creating a realistic novel with all the hard hitting, devastating truths of life while giving us an ending that is so full of hope and light that it still leaves you with a wonderful, warm feeling. “Maybe that's what life is about: suriving what you can't control and clinging...
  • Neville Longbottom
    Wow. I wasn’t prepared for this book. I’d read Meredith Russo’s first book If I Was Your Girl and thought it was pretty good, but I wasn’t blown away by it or anything. But damn, Birthday exceeded all expectations I had for it. Eric and Morgan have been best friends since they were born on the same day. The book takes place on their birthday each year from 13 to 18 as they grow, change, and struggle with things in their lives. Over the ye...
  • Maggie
    This is an amazing book.More important is that this story taught me something.
  • Alexa
    Buddy read with Jane & Madalyn!I must confess I was a little concerned to begin with that the format of Birthday (told in yearly snapshots on the date of the main character’s birthday) wouldn’t allow me enough time to truly feel for these characters and what they were going through. But dang, was I proven wrong. I still felt incredibly emotionally connected to Morgan and Eric’s stories, and this book is so difficult to read at times but wil...
  • Chelsea
    tw: transphobia, homophobia, attempted suicideThis is a lovely, important #ownvoices story. 3 1/2 starsA love story centering around Eric and Morgan throughout their birthdays on multiple years, I thought the exploration of sexuality and gender identity was on point. I loved Morgan's journey to coming out as trans, learning to love herself and see herself as deserving of love.The story unfortunately did fall a bit flat for me in terms of the char...
  • Bailey
    This is a difficult book for me to review. Not because I have mixed feelings, but because there is so much I loved that I only hope I can do it justice. Birthday is the story of two best friends, born on the same day, in the same hospital. On the night they were born a freak snowstorm struck the area and stranded their families together. From then their fates were sealed: friends for life. Their story is told in snippets, starting on their 13th...
  • Mel
    I only have a few words to say on this book. This is not an own voices review, so I don’t feel like I should say anything about the aspects of the book that I don’t understand. What I want to talk about is the friend. Eric. Eric is the exact definition of a bad friend. This entire book would have been so different had he communicated. Had he reached out. When your friend is clearly struggling, you reach out. It’s what friends do. That’s h...
  • Adiba Jaigirdar
    This was such a fantastic book. I'm honestly trying to figure out how Meredith Russo took this unusual format that seems like it shouldn't work but made it work so flawlessly. TEACH ME YOUR SECRETS RUSSO!!!For real though, this book follows Eric and Morgan from their thirteenth birthday all the way to their eighteenth birthday. We get a glimpse into their lives only once every year, but this honestly works amazingly. It's established pretty early...
  • Ness (Vynexa)
    TW: Body Dysmorphia, Misgendering, Gay Slurs, Alcohol Abuse, Suicide AttemptMorgan and Eric have been best friends since the day they were born. A snow storm caused their parents to get stuck in the hospital together this creating an unbroken bond.But when Morgan’s mom dies when they’re eleven, things start to change: from bonds to self discovery.I listened to the audiobook of ‘Birthday’ and I am so glad that I did.the book follows the bi...
  • Exillior
    Content warning tags for this book: homophobia, transphobia, violence, abusive parent, bereavement, depression, self-harm, alcoholism, suicide attempt.I took two stars off because there were no content warnings. Nowhere. Not on the book, not on the reviews I saw (goodreads and twitter), not in the marketing that I saw, all of which focused on how this is an unconventional but powerful love story. The thing is, content warnings do matter. Especial...
  • Gigi H
    Omg. This book totally crushed me and took me by surprise actually. The description was pretty vague, so I wasn't sure if it would be a good fit or not. But I ended up loving it more than I thought I would! I'm gonna tell him I'm supposed to be a girl, that I can't stand being a boy anymore, that I feel like I'm dying a little bit more everyday. Morgan's rollercoaster of emotions was so raw and real! I really enjoyed the alternating POV'S betwee...
  • Amber Loyacano
    As with If I Was Your Girl, Meredith Russo has created a beautiful story of transgender representation. I appreciate how acceptance is always a focus of Russo’s stories and while her characters struggle there is always hope and there is always love.
  • Michelle
    Review can be found on my blog here: https://booksonthebookshelf.wordpress.......Thank you to the publisher for gifting me an ARC of this book.….I absolutely loved this book and the story that evolved. I enjoyed reading about the two main characters, Morgan and Eric. Born on the same day at the same hospital, and their lives crossed paths that one fateful day due to a snow storm that left their families trapped in the hospital until the storm p...
  • Jen Petro-Roy
    Heartbreakingly good.
  • Jessica
    All my reviews can be found at: review will post on my site on May 16, 2019.~~~~Morgan and Eric are born on the same day in the same hospital during a freak September snowstorm, thus beginning their bond for life. Birthday is told from both Morgan and Eric’s point of view every year on their birthday from ages 13-18. Neither boy has had an easy life for various reasons, and Birthday shows both Morgan and E...
  • chloe ❀
    4.5 starsreview to come.
  • Kylie Hart
    I loved the first 200+ pages, but ages 17 & 18 went by soon fast compared to the rest of the book. I did not like the hateful aspects of this book, and it does not feel as productive to me for this topic. Especially in year 17, and the dad barges in, the running away part just felt not as realistic to me.
  • Mari Johnston
    This review and many others can also be found at Musings of a (Book) Girl.As soon as I saw that Meredith Russo had a new book coming out I knew I had to read it. I will admit that when I saw the format was telling the story in snapshots from the two character’s birthdays I was incredibly nervous. I’ve tried to read books before that are set on only one day a year and it hasn’t worked for me. It’s a great concept but I never feel that I’...