Publication:June 2nd 2015 by Soho Teen
In his twisty, gritty, profoundly moving debut—called “mandatory reading” by the New York Times—Adam Silvera brings to life a charged, dangerous near-future summer in the Bronx.
In the months after his father's suicide, it's been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again--but he's still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he's slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.
When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron's crew notices, and they're not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can't deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can't stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute's revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.
Why does happiness have to be so hard?
More Happy Than Not is a hard hitting thought provoking story that I think everyone should read. I was surprised how much I liked this book. It was such a quick read. The writing was super easy to get into. I fell into the story straight away and finished the book in 2 sittings.
I really liked the characters.They all have internal struggles they are dealing with. They are all flawed and that made them seem real. Also there is lots of diversity!
Aaron is an easy protagonist to relate to and his train of thought is easy to follow. He's a very likeable character. I appreciated how he was dealing with real life situations teenagers deal with. I loved going on this self-discovery journey with him.
My favourite character is probably Thomas. I just found him the most interesting.
Though the title had the word happy in it; this is a dark book. It explores themes such as depression and suicide and homophobia. There is lighter themes woven into the story as well, such as friendship, which I really liked.
More Happy Than Not is not a cute teen romance which was refreshing to read about.
My only problems were there was a lot of swearing and personally I don't like that, and I would have liked a bit more about the Leteo Institute's revolutionary memory-alteration procedure.
I highly recommend this thoughtful and touching debut. I will definitely be picking up more books by Adam Silvera in the future!
My rating: 4 stars
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