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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  1,860 ratings  ·  326 reviews
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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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
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
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
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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
Lindsay Frost

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
Ariel Acupan
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
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
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
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
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
Julia M.
I thought this was a fun book to read. It had a lot of drawings and it was fun to read because the font looked like real handwriting. I did think it was a bit twisted because the story is about how happy his new life is starting to be but then the past comes back and reveals itself. I like how happyface finds happiness and good friends without him being different from who he was before minus him being more outgoing. I'm not sure why it took so long to read, I'm either a slow reader, or because o ...more
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
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
Jennah Scott
I bought this book because my husband begged me to. He chose it for the cover.

When I first opened the book I didn't think I would like it at all and I was only going to read it for my dh's benefit. It's written in journal style with hand drawn pictures, notes, and emails/IM conversations. Once I got into the book the format worked well and really added to the story. It wouldn't have been the same without it.

The story is told from happyface's point of view. It was kind of nice to get into a guy'
Torgny Simons
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
Sarah Evans
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
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
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
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-
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
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
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
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
Cassandra Miller
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
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
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
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!
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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“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...” 27 likes
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