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Have a Nice Day (Anna Bloom #2)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  564 ratings  ·  84 reviews
Anna Bloom has just come home from a three-week stay in a mental hospital. She feels...okay. It's time to get back to some sort of normal life, whatever that means. She has to go back to school, where teachers and friends are dying to know what happened to her, but are too afraid to ask. And Anna is dying to know what's going on back at the hospital with her crush, Justin, ...more
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Published October 16th 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
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Caris
The marketing department at Feiwel and Friends (an imprint of Macmillan) tells me that Julie Halpern is an author of acclaim.

The marketing department at Feiwel and Friends (an imprint of Macmillan) was kind enough to include a page at the end of this book that gives credit to the different individuals who make up the marketing department for making this book possible.

The marketing department at Feiwel and Friends (an imprint of Macmillan) likes to give itself handjobs at the expense of its acc
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Brett
As someone who spent a good chunk of her teenage years dealing with severe depression, I absolutely love & adore Anna Bloom. She's thoroughly real & true to life in her voice, her concerns, & her fears & hopes - so much so, that you wonder if Julie Halpern kept a diary herself during those years that she's referring back to. "Get Well Soon" was outstanding, but I liked "Have a Nice Day" even more, because it shows Anna trying to re-learn how to live a "normal" version of her life ...more
Olivia Hart
The first book in this series, Get Well Soon, is one of my favorite books. Granted, I read it about 4 years ago when I was in the sixth grade, and my reading taste has definitely changed since then, so maybe it really was gooey all along. Anyway, something about this book, Have a Nice Day, reeks of chick lit. Anna oozes over boys, and sometimes I feel like that's the only theme: "better get back my loony-bin boyfriend or find a new one!" Get Well Soon was more real, it was raw and got to some re ...more
Amanda Leske
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Laura Leydes
This book helped me a lot. I felt like I had years worth of therapy after reading it. I have lots of anxiety and panic attacks like Anna. When I went to the bookstore I said I couldn't handle anything sad and that I needed something that would not make me cry. One of the girls suggested this book. When I got home I realized it was book 2. So I had to go back and buy the first book, which I also loved.
The book starts out with Anna leaving the mental Institution and the story is her journey to inc
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Bethany Miller
In this sequel to Get Well Soon, Anna Bloom has been released from Lakeside, the mental hospital where her parents sent her to get treatment. Now, she has to readjust to life on the outside. While at “Lake Shit” (as the residents refer to it), Anna made new friends - including Justin her sort of boyfriend – and lost weight, so it wasn’t all bad; however, she is still really angry at her parents for sending her there. Her home life is thrown more out of whack when her parents tell her and her sis ...more
Julianna Styles

I couldn't even get through this book... The main character was so annoying and the plot was just no where to be seen and I stopped at page 105 and nothing had even happened.
Jasmine
The book, “Have a Nice Day” by Julie Halpern revolves around a girl’s life after she gets out of a mental hospital and how she feels like she had changed. Her name is Anna and after getting out of the mental hospital, she realizes how abnormal she is when she is put into the normal world surrounded by normal people. Anna has to deal with her dad who causes many arguments between her mom and himself, leading them to separate. She also has to deal with school and her friends, as well a therapy gro ...more
Cat Reyes
I actually did not know this book was a sequel in a series until after i finished it, but i completely understood it and loved it all the same. I loved Anna's personality and perspectives and how she knew a lot of stuff that i Know and could relate to. My mom looked at me weird because i laughed so loud and obnocsiouly while reading it. I really related to her in a way and although it didnt look like a book i would love forever at the bookstore it definitley will be now! The Cover Does not do Ju ...more
Kieli
When I first started reading this book I found it kind of weird and slightly boring, but then as I kept reading I became more intrigued and wanted to keep reading. I loved the author/main character's quirky voice, and some of the things she thought made me laugh out loud. She reminded me of myself kind of, Anna's personality seemed to match my own at times.I feel like I could really connect to her and that maybe if she was real we could be good friends. I mean it was all there, she had depressio ...more
Runa
I had some trouble getting into this book, and once I managed to establish a good reading pace, the story seemed scattered all over the place. It makes sense, in a way, that Anna's life would be in a weird in-between state after being released from the hospital, but it doesn't make for a very coherent story. I liked some things, like Anna's now complicated relationship with Justin, but the whole ending bugged me. There is usually no "get well soon" for mental illness. Unlike Anna's story, it doe ...more
Lydia
This book was very hard to read for someone with a distracted mind like mine. Anna writes in her journal in a narrative voice and is constantly going off on tangents about her past with a boy at lakeland, moaning about her weight, or just randomly going off about sometime. Her sentences are juvenile and immature which takes away from her character, and there is very little growth until the very end.. I wouldn't recommend to anyone unless they could really relate to the depression aspect of this ...more
Dani Chakra
Get Well Soon (Anna Bloom, #1) was amusing in a help-I'm-trapped-in-a-mental-hospital sort of way. It was light and silly describing the antics that Anna Bloom and her fellow hospital comrades got up to. But Have A Nice Day felt rather pointless. Not even halfway through and the words were starting to blur together into one endlessly long snooze-fest. I understand that the gist of the book was to offer a follow-up on Anna and how she settled back into the routine of school and life as a sixteen- ...more
Anthony
The novel Have A Nice Day written by Julie Halpern starts off with a very interesting topic, after spending three weeks in a mental hospital Anna Bloom faces the difficult task of adjusting to life outside of the mental hospital, but with conflicting issues at home, and subtle yet unusual desire to return to the hospital it seems near impossible for Anna to adjust. In the course of the novel Julie Halpern does mention and discuss quite a few serious (and or) depressing issues involving Anna as w ...more
Michelle (FabBookReviews)
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Anneliese
“Have a Nice Day”, by Julie Halpern Is a very well written book. In fact it’s a part of a series with book number one called, “Get Well Soon”. “Have a Nice Day” really taught me many things about people dealing with mental illness and struggling with a remarkable amount of problems. This was a very good book to get away from my usual everyday reading. It showed me how people deal with these things, and gave me a perspective on what it is like to come out of being in a mental hospital.

The main c
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Christina Taylor
In this sequel to Get Well Soon, Anna Bloom continues along the path of self-understanding. She has just returned home from a three-week stay in a mental hospital and is struggling to adjust to life outside of its walls. Although she misses the near magical realism of life inside and the friends she made there, she is terrified of the implications of such feelings and reluctant to ask about the goings on back at the hospital. Anna desperately craves a return to “normalcy” and shuns being stigmat ...more
Julia Silver
"Have a Nice Day" by Julie Halpern is an intoxicating story about Anna Bloom, who has just cam home from a three-week stint in a mental hospital. She does not feel as mentally stable as she wishes she did, but she knows she has to revert back to a so-called "normal" life one way or another. When she returns back to school, people want to bombard her with inquisitive questions surrounding her absence, but they are too scared to ask. Anna, on the other hand, is more worried about her crush, Justin ...more
Rachael
After spending the last three weeks in a mental hospital, Anna Bloom isn’t quite sure where she fits in the real world. At school, her friends and teachers are all dying to know what happened but won’t ask, and Anna herself is afraid to volunteer information, lest she be labeled as the crazy girl. At home, things are worse than ever between Anna’s parents, and she can’t help but wonder if it’s all because of her. And at her former mental hospital, well, who knows what’s going on since Anna can’t ...more
Chayse Maness
Have a Nice Day by Julie Halpern is a story about Anna Bloom who has just returned from a three week stay in a mental hospital. Anna was put in the mental hospital because her parents thought she was depressed. At school Anna's friends and teachers all want to know about her being absent. Anna does not want to give out any information because she does not want everyone to think she is crazy. At home her parents are always fighting and Anna thinks it could be all her fault. Anna is also concerned ...more
Jhenna Weber
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Melanie Gretzon
The daughter offered this to me to read (she has not read it yet.) Apparently it's a sequel to Get Well Soon but I'm not sure if matters that I read this one first. Great book and story about 16 year old Anna Bloom and her life after a three week visit to a mental hospital. Being a little crazy never hurt anyone. This really offers some insight into what current day teenagers think about - care about - are going through, which is really not so different than in past generations.
Randy Yee
I started this book without too high of expectations. I read the back, it sounded decent and the cover was pretty, so I picked it up. It was actually a pretty pleasant read and the main character was quite likeable. There were some parts that I thought were boring or pointless, it's certainly not perfect, but not bad by any means. I'd probably more accurately give this a 3.5 rating, but let's round up because why not?
Stephanie John
First off, kudos for the shoutouts to Harry Potter, Twihards and iCarly. Secondly, the Catcher in the Rye motif helped me appreciate that novel more. Thirdly, what an amazing sequel. Anna's voice was so enjoyable, it was great to see the old characters from the first book and the new ones in this book did not disappoint.
What I really liked about this book is how important moving on from the past is, because even though things sucked then and things suck now. Life will get better, perhaps not dr
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Shannon
This one is much better than the first. It is hard to say if one must read the first to properly get the second. But I would probably recommend just skipping the first. This book follows up on Anna Bloom. It shows her real growth and coming to terms with her life and depression. It is well written and keeps your interest. Very good and not as ... well, depressing as one might think.
Heather
After spending three weeks in a mental hospital, Anna now has to adjust to life outside. She's not the same person she was before the hospital, or in the hospital, so who does that make her now? Can she re-establish a relationship with her best friend?

I really appreciated the honesty of the first book and it continues here. These are absolutely the questions I would have had if I had spent time in a mental hospital. Not only for kids in her exact situation, but also for everyone in her school -
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Milesfromnormal
This book is hilarious and immensely intelligent. I'd read it again, if I could. Great book. I love how sarcastic Anna is and how she sees and questions things. Much like I do. Except, she sees things in a different perspective, because she just came out of a mental hospital, forced by her parents, she somehow relates everything to Lakeshit. I love this book. Definitely recommended if you don't mind some subtle profanity.
Cassandra_actually
A. I think this book is mainly for teenage girls who enjoy the topic "depression".
B. I gave this book 4 stars because i enjoyed learning how it feels to be in a Mental hospital and also learning how to face your problems.
C.I liked this book. Its not my favorite but i enjoyed reading it . I really felt bad how her parents sent Anna off to a mental hospital just because she has the gene for depression. I loved how through out the boo she managed to stay strong if it wasn't her being in the hospit
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Pattie Nauheimer Ekman
I wish I had read the first book before this one. The main character's voice is perfectly written. Her "normal" teen struggles are magnified by her anxiety issues. Because of the emphasis on mental health issues, I see this book as an honest portrayal of teenage life in our modern society.
Ella
I liked this book. She was super sarcastic and funny and it was good to read something about someone suffering from mental illnesses. At the time I didn't realize there was a first book so I will definitely read that as well! :))
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Julie Halpern is the author of Get Well Soon, Into the Wild Nerd Yonder and Don't Stop Now, as well as the picture book Toby and the Snowflakes. In addition to writing, Julie is a middle-school librarian. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, lived in Australia for six months, and created a couple of zines before she started writing books, and realized she was and always has b ...more
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