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Cute girls dig him. He has his own fan club

But he wasn't always this awesome. He used to be Mr. Comic Book, a resident of Lonelyland. So when he swtiched schools, he slapped on a grin and went from big nerd to big shot.

Meet Happyface. This is his journal.

This unique combination of text and fully integrated art follows the journey of a dorky, quiet, artsy kid as he reinvent
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published March 1st 2010)
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Aug 14, 2010 Tina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Original post at One More Page

The bright yellow cover called me the moment I entered the YA section of Fully Booked Eastwood. It was bright, and the smiley made an interesting cover, and when I took a peek inside, I saw that it was a book...with drawings!

But what really convinced me to buy is when I removed the half dust jacket and saw this:

With dust jacket

Without the half dust jacket

This certainly got me very, very curious. How can a book entitled "Happyface" have a sad face inside?

Happyface is the journal of a boy who has been christene

Gray skies are gonna clear up, Put on a happy face

As a self-proclaimed Pollyanna, I will be the first to admit that I would want to punch you in the face if you said this to me. What the hell is wrong with a little rain? Huh? You can't be happy if it rains? Fuck you.

You can have your gangnum style and complain about never ever ever ever getting back together again and umm... okay, that's my extent of youth culture... you guys like furbies again, right?

Happy face is old school teen angst. There a
Aaron Vincent
Also posted at Guy Gone Geek. (I cannot believe that I will also be writing that line! Yay!)

Despite being a loyal partisan of social networking sites where you can post about every single update of your life, I still do keep a journal. I’ve been keeping it for about 4 years now and it is still far from being halfway filled. I guess that shows how rare I write on it. Here’s my journal next to Happyface’s journal:

[Are reviews with photos the new in-thing here in Goodreads? Apparently, yes.]

I feel
Turn those frowns upside down, and remember to just keep swimming, I mean smiling!

I was first attracted to Happyface when I saw the bright yellow cover calling my name from the library shelf. I was like a moth to a smiling, yellow flame. When I opened it up to take a peak inside, I was rather surprised.

The journal format is nothing new when it comes to a coming-of-age Young Adult novel but Happyface takes this format to an entirely new level, as our main character Happyface expresses his life
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Gussie Birney
This book was a very depressing story about the darkness of high school and all its tragic problems. I feel like it made high school almost too dark and forgot to mention some really great moments that I'm sure the main character must have felt at least once in his entire four years at his school. I think that even in the toughest of times you can still find some like points about it, or else the reader is just reading some depressed kids thoughts and personally that makes for not the most inter ...more
Ariel Acupan
Sep 27, 2010 Ariel Acupan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted atPINOYPETERPAN.

EVERYBODY NEEDS A HAPPYFACE SOMETIMES (A review of Happyface by Stephen Emond)

First, I wanna say thanks to Tina for letting me borrow this great book. ***hugz***

I’ve read Happyface just when I needed it most. It reminded me of three things: 1) that everybody could start anew. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to move on and leave the past behind. You could always put a clean slate in front of you. 2) Another is putting a smile on your face could really make a b
Lindsay Frost
Nov 11, 2009 Lindsay Frost rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teens-books, reviews

By Stephen Emond
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
# of Pages: 320
Age Rating: 14+
My Rating: 4 Stars

Enter Happyface's journal and get a peek into the life of a shy, artistic boy who decides to reinvent himself as a happy-go-lucky guy after he moves to a new town. See the world through his hilariously self-deprecating eyes as he learns to shed his comic-book-loving, computer-game playing ways. Join him as he makes new friends, tries to hide from his past, and ultimate
Jeff Raymond
This book took me, beat me to a bloody emotional pulp, and left me on the side of the road.

Sometimes a book does that and it's great. Sometimes the book is Happyface and it's a really terrible time.

So our protagonist, known to us only as Happyface, moves with his mother away from his broken family into a different portion of the city after a family tragedy. He then treats everyone around him horribly, can't grasp the social cues necessary to fix the problem, and hits rock bottom. Without giving
Natalie Cheetham
Jan 14, 2012 Natalie Cheetham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gstba-2012
actually my second time reading this book...and it was just as amazing as the first...even though you know what's coming...
there are a lot of different elements that come together so well to make this such a great book (the journal format, the doodles, etc)...but what i think is the strongest aspect is that the story is so real. it's not a hokey love story, there are no vampires or zombies, and the protagonist is horribly, horribly flawed. while not all of the readers can comprehend and connect
Dern sexist, perverted yellow book. Perceptibly written by a male and if you check under the pages you’d see this smiling book is also male.
In any case, I squashed a gnat into page 131 and am leaving it there, all flat and juicy.
Just another “Oh woe is me” book.
This teen-aged-boy cares about himself SO MUCH that it makes up for everyone else’s disinterest in him.

But I enjoyed the art. Without the art, this book would without-a-
Mar 27, 2017 Avery rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response: The book overall as just a book was great and better than the previous series I read called The Black Book. I believe an anti-social boy becoming the well known happyface for all is amazing. It proves people change for the better.

Plot Summary: A 15 year old boy is antisocial and has trouble communicating with others. He normally sits alone at lunch, gets good grades, and writes. This boy's parents are complete opposites. His dad is a smart author and his mom is a party girl dr
Nov 03, 2010 Carly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I normally find it difficult to review my absolute favourite books so I've been putting off this review for a while. It's silly, really but I'm always nervous I won't quite do the book justice or I won't be able to get across exactly why and how much I loved it.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of my favourite books of all time and when I heard somebody compare Happyface to it I knew I had to check it out. While there are a number of notable differences between the two books I think you're
Torgny Simons
Oct 03, 2013 Torgny Simons rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Happyface is a book about a troubled boy. He is struggling to find out who he really is. His best friend is the prettiest girl in school, her name is Chloe, and he wants to ask her out but he thinks that he is too much of a nerd and he lacks a lot of confidence. They met because they were neighbors and they were just friends ever since. When he tries to ask her out, his family laughs out loud. His mom and dad are having marital issues and his brother, Everett, knows it. He seems kind of in the d ...more
What if you had the chance to start over, to be a new person…would you? This is exactly what happens to Happyface, he’s given the opportunity to start anew and make a name for himself in a new school with new friends. It doesn’t come without consequence and what results is his very own journey into who he truly is. And, I loved it.

The new rage in story telling it seems is this journal mixed with art as is seen in books like Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Artsy Fartsy. I’m a huge fan when it’s done rig
Doesn't quite make it to a 3, had to trudge through too much of it, BUT I can see some graphic novel fans taking to it as if it's a high school version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. And maybe it is, though, granted, with some more serious issues interspersed in those of typical high school nerd-dom. The tragedy of Happyface (is his real name Steve, Stephen?)seems to be only the separation of his parents, the loss of Chloe, the girl who was his best friend and who he wanted to be more, and having to m ...more
The cover of this book (both with the smiley face and then with the sad face under the sleeve) looks like it could snuggle right in on the "Self-Help" shelf. And maybe it could be. I present to you:
Happyface: A Self Help Guide For a Nerd Who Only Has One Friend, Loses Her, Has His Life Fall Apart One Day, Goes to A New School, And Desperately Wants To Make New Friends/Get a Girlfriend.

The End.


I don't really want to give anything away (I made mistake of reading a ROTTEN review that completely g
Jun 06, 2010 Xiaojuanwu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not like a normal book we are reading. NO, it's not a comic book neither. As a reader, we are reading someone's notebook with pictures are going along. Indeed, this is another book covers theme of love. A boy is recording every single moment of first with Chole and second after he moved to new town, Gretchen. The boy like most of boys wants to be with girls but he is somehow very shy. Comparing to Tobey in book When it happens, by Susane Colasanti. The boy has much more fun characteristi ...more
Sarah Evans
Apr 24, 2011 Sarah Evans rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This fictional black-and-white illustrated diary of a painfully awkward teen boy with underlying issues is touching and well-done. At the start, the narrator seems like an average lonely high school sophomore. He’s a gamer and comic book lover that also spends hours obsessing over the things his only female friend might be thinking. His parents drink a bit too much and his older brother is too cool to deal with him. Then an unknown tragedy strikes and he tells us he and his mom are living in a t ...more
Jul 09, 2011 Kristy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I enjoyed the drawings. The story itself could have been great, but its presentation did not draw me into the story. Happyface was not Happy. This book should have taken me about a day to finish, but I was just bored with it. It took a week. There is such a deep story going on, but it feels like it's hiding in the background. Frankly, it was Just odd. I didn't connect with any of the characters. I guess it would be good if you don't have a lot of time to read and just want something to pic ...more
meem 1993
Sep 04, 2015 meem 1993 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
usually I am not really into these kind of stories schools and teenagers and the whole popularity things :p but this book was so good I thought that it would be a funny book full of warm and coazy feelings but surprisingly it was more than that in fact it was more into reality and sadness and deep hard troubles that the main character goes through it moves up and down and it is full of surprises where you get angry and sad at happyface but you can't help but love him or lough at his jokes someti ...more
Nov 27, 2014 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't a horrible book, but I wouldn't say it was a great book either. The main character made everyone believe he was someone that he was not. Even though I could relate to him in several ways with losing friends and someone close to you, he still annoyed me. Chloe was probably one of the few people I liked somewhat, she had pain, and I could feel it. Happyface didn't express his pain, he lied repeatedly, and changed into a different person. Overall, this book was just okay. The ending is ...more
Oct 03, 2014 Juantjunt rated it really liked it
Shelves: myownlibrary
I bought this book because of its cute cover and didn't expect much from it. Well, if you look for the book that gives your life more meaning or philosophical stuff, I don't think this is it. This book is kind of like Diary of a wimpy kid to me and there are many times I don't like this happyface guy's way of thinking. Still, I find the book quite enjoyable like I'm reading cartoon, novel and diary all at once. It's fun to read when you just want to relax!
Nila Azizi
Feb 04, 2016 Nila Azizi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this is the fifth grade lol. I absolutely loved it and that is all.
Taylor Morrison
Mar 19, 2012 Taylor Morrison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written with lessons that everyone should remember. Happyface is a great novel about dealing with what life has given you. This book should definitely be in junior highs and high schools.
Sep 22, 2013 Joselyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Happyface is a book made of writing and drawing entries done from the point of view of a pretty awkward teen boy. He had received a sketchbook from his father for Christmas and finally began using it in July after months of his father nagging him. He introduces his serious father who's an established writer, his crazy mother, and his popular older brother who's only visiting for the summer. He also talks about a girl named Chloe Hills who's his next-door neighbor and the cute girl he's infat
Gabby H
May 08, 2017 Gabby H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought the book was okay. Good plot, but it got a little confusing when key details were missing and I feel like it could've of been written better. I wouldn't suggest buying it full price, just borrow it or wait until it's on sale.
Tee Fcb
Jul 08, 2017 Tee Fcb rated it really liked it
This book is not a book for a person who wants to read a book that makes you think about academic or philosophical things. It is all about a diary of a kid who was called happyface and how he deals with all the problems that come through his life.
Winslow Schmelling
Jan 10, 2014 Winslow Schmelling rated it really liked it
I would say if I were rating this book simply on the writing, we'd be more around 3 stars. But seeing as it wasn't just a novel but was loaded with wonderful graphics and decoration, that easily bumped my rating up one star. The artwork in this book was simply perfect. And the little humor hidden within it, especially in the comics, was always a nice breather in between Happyface's monologue to keep me going.
Now, I do agree with some of the reviews on here - Happyface comes across as whiny at ti
Madison Calhoun
Jan 06, 2014 Madison Calhoun rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, quotable, underrated, ya
I recently picked up Happyface on a whim from a secondhand bookstore. I had never heard of it before, but the bright yellow cover and the drawings inside intrigued me. I am so glad I found it. I've been reading a lot of darker novels recently, so today I thought I'd try something lighter. I mistakenly assumed that Happyface would be a solely comedic novel-- after all, it's about a teenager that draws himself as a walking smiley face. However, I was wrong. It has a lot of funny moments, but it is ...more
Breanne Seelinger
1. This book was an assigned reading for my Young Adult Lit class. I don't think I would have ever picked it up unless I was forced to, and even at the end of the book I knew I would never pick it up again. It was about a young male character, who I found I could not relate to at all, and the moral of the story was clouded until the very last page. Until then, there seemed to be no real point to the story.

2. The plot worried me throughout a majority of the book. The main character was making ma
Caden Grove
Sep 27, 2016 Caden Grove rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
happyface-Stephan Edmund

This book is absolutely fantastic! Happy face is a boy who is going through hardships in life and faces them by wearing a mask. He has been betrayed by his own brother and best friend. Then after all that his parents get a divorce. Things start to change when he lives at his moms place after the divorce. He make friends and treats them like family, everything is going GREAT! Until one day he isn’t comfortable with himself all this tension, the lies. Happyface just s
This book is called "Happyface" and was written and illustrated by Stephen Emond. This book is realistic fiction which is fiction but it's realistic so it has realistic things in it like what we have in the real world. I would say this is also a little bit adventure because since happyface is trying to make a girl fall in love with him. I chose to read this book mainly because of the cover and because of the structure.

This book is about a boy called Happyface who moves to a new school and falls
Happyface by Stephen Emond is a light and fast paced read. This book is to replicate a journal written by a boy in high school, which is why the font looks like it was written and there are pictures on every page. Emond did a great job writing the book really feel like a journal, such as how things are hidden that we don’t find out or understand until the end. Things are confusing and weird in the beginning but they would make sense if they were written in a journal and you knew a bit about the ...more
Nov 06, 2015 Julissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Guys
This is my first review so sorry in advance if it's not very good.
It was original and unique in my opinion but it was hard to relate to because he was like at the bottom of life and I was constantly pitying him. But it was not bad, a great page turner.
I thought Happyface was going to be super popular in the story after reading the inside cover but he was just more than he used to be, which I liked because I think it made it more realistic. But a part of me wished it were about him becoming real
Apr 14, 2015 Sydney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I could never put this book down! It was so interesting and it always left me wanting to know more of what was going to happen next. The way this book is set up is phenomenal. The wording is a little hard to read at first but after awhile you get use to it. I also like how the main charter struggles in getting along with his mom, dad, brother, friends, school and the girl he likes. Because lets face it no one really has an easy life like how some books would describe it. This book also has a lot ...more
Sep 05, 2014 Kutlwano rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Happy face is a book written by Stephen Edmond about the main character “happy face” who struggles in similar ways most high school students do. He is forced to be someone he’s not and fit in with the cool kids. He has to hide his past before he moved so that he does not be alone again at his last school. The book shows how being the different one in high school can be difficult. And you are kind of forced to change yourself. Like in today’s world teenagers are forming cliques and excluding othe ...more
Mar 18, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Happyface is one of the very, very few books I finished in one day, one of the even fewer books that I could relate to, and officially the second book that made me cry (The first one was a long time ago, so long ago that I can’t even remember the title. Anyway it was about a boy who kind of abandoned his pet dinosaur and I read the book twice and cried both times when it wasn’t even that sad. If you’re going to count Percy Jackson, where my eyes watered up, Happyface would be the third, but okay ...more
Saleena Davidson
Feb 05, 2014 Saleena Davidson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Happyface is a very quick read, and really really good. It's supposed to be the journal of a 10th grade guy. He isn't really sure why it's a journal, it was supposed to be someplace to put his artistic doodles, but then ends up being a place to unload his thoughts, worries and triumphs. It occurs to me, that I never did see the main characters real name as the whole thing is in first person....hmmm.....but he begins calling himself happyface when he and his mother move to a new "crappy" apartmen ...more
Feb 19, 2017 Dylan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sydnee Smith
I read "Happyface" and I found this book to be a good book, but it was hard to get into, although it was a fast read. Edmond went into good detail about the events that happened in the book, and created very descriptive drawings. Reading this book was almost like reading a comic book or a diary. That is why it wasn’t one of my favorite books. I have never read a book like this before.

Even though I liked this book, it was still hard to read at first a different kind of book. I would recommend th
Feb 02, 2016 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved that the book was told with a journal entry - complete with cartoons! It did bother me that the main character's name was never revealed. I guess it would kinda ruin the story. Happyface is pretending to be happy, but beneath it, he's depressed. His best friend (a girl) started going out with his older brother, and the brother crashed the car and died (he was driving while drunk) and almost killed the girl. Happyface's dad divorced his mom, and they (he and his mother) move to a dingy ap ...more
Cassandra Miller
May 31, 2014 Cassandra Miller rated it really liked it
I actually really enjoyed this book. I pick it up at the library just because I found the cover interesting, without even realizing what it was about and I am happy I did.

The story was good. Throughout the entire book I was expecting some stupid 'guy gets girl all because he changed who he was and that's all that matters' but no. The book really is about being true to yourself and realizing that everyone wears a mask. Throughout the entire book the main character is wearing a mask, whether it i
Apr 21, 2014 Colin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At once, "Happyface" was the loser living in a lonely city. He barely knew anyone, commonly known as Mr. Comic Book. But now that he had switched schools, everything had changed. He had faced many challenges, including the death of his brother, Everett, but he was able to recover from what happened, and became the guy that everyone liked. With his crush sitting in front of him in class, he may have been the "creep-drawing-pictures-in-the-corner". After making new friends, he was finally able to ...more
Sarah Valerie
3.5 stars

Happyface is a book that I think is definitely worth reading, even if some things fell a bit flat for me. Why? One reason, the artwork contained in this book is just so wonderful. Happyface's (technically Stephen's) drawings alone are just really nice to look at, even though he has so many hundreds of portraits of Gretchen.

Since this is a journal written in by Happyface, the main character, the story is really of drama going on in his life, such as his parents getting a divorce, moving
Meredith Amelotti
There are two things that I loved about "Happyface." One is how fast paced the story was. It seemed like I just kept turning the pages without stopping to blink. Second, the information about what happened with Happyface's family and Chloe, the girl he left behind when he moved. Emond delivers this information at a very slow pace, and at times you're wondering what really happened. You're probably thinking I am contradicting myself, because I just said the story was fast paced. The story moved q ...more
Mar 14, 2015 Abdulaziz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Turn those frowns upside down, and remember to just keep swimming, I mean smiling!

I was first attracted to Happyface when I saw the bright yellow cover calling my name from the library shelf. I was like a moth to a smiling, yellow flame. When I opened it up to take a peak inside, I was rather surprised.

The journal format is nothing new when it comes to a coming-of-age Young Adult novel but Happyface takes this format to an entirely new level, as our main character Happyface expresses his life
Amber 🌱🌻
people don't want pity
Happy people are a magnet for people because they want to be around when life is good. But the thing is that there all waiting for the moment it all falls apart so they can be in on it.

Why do humans have to have so much feelings
We have different views on life
I exsits but i don't need the apporval of a bunch of people to know that
That my problems and failures will not stop me, nor will they dictate who i am
That i will continue to be my own person
That life is too short, and I
Reminisce Kaleikau
Although this wasn't one of my favorite books, it still was a pretty good one. In this book, a boy transfers to a new school due to the divorce of his parents. Here, he makes a new life for himself going under the name "happy face". Throughout the book, secrets are revealed that are pretty much unexpected, which creates a sort of suspense. If you like reading drama, this is your book. If you want to know what high school life is like, this is also your book. Character development is cool, but pe ...more
Jun 26, 2014 Slizzards rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
This book was about 1.5 stars for me, but I decided to give it 1 because of how much I despised it.

The main character, Happyface, was completely unlikable. He started off being a character that I felt pity for, but as the story progressed he resembled the antagonist of the novel. Happyface became completely arrogant and blunt to what was going on around him, and only cared about what he was going through opposed to his friends' struggles. He realizes this by the end of the book only after talkin
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“I swear, with Chloe Bear once again as my witness...

That my problems and failures will not stop me, nor will they dictate who I am.

That I will continue to be my own person.

That life is too short, and I will live every day as the best person I can be.

That I will grow and that I will change.

That I will smile and hold my head high.

That this is a new start and a new day.

That I will allow myself to cry or sit by myself when I need to.

That I will find things to really smile about.”
“I'm not exactly Miss Confidence. I busy myself with all kinds of activities and I do well in school and I try to look pretty but I still need someone to tell me I'm worthwhile. To show me attention. I don't like it. I don't like it at all...” 30 likes
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