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Have a Nice Day (Anna Bloom #2)

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  858 Ratings  ·  114 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
ebook, 336 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
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Laura Leydes
Sep 14, 2014 Laura Leydes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 28, 2012 Brett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen-realistic
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
Oct 28, 2014 Amanda Leske rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Ava S
After enjoying Julie Halpern's first book about Anna Bloom, GET WELL SOON, I was excited to pick up the sequel. The story, Anna's tale of returning to regular life after her three week stay in a mental hospital, can be understood and appreciated whether or not you read the first book. Anna gives powerful insight through humor and her understanding of CATCHER IN THE RYE, which is being discussed in her English class upon her return to school. I enjoyed the amount of high-school romance involved, ...more
Jun 09, 2014 Lydia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 30, 2015 Arin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars

Well I felt this book was dragging the whole plot and at some parts were a little bit boring, but some parts were okay. There was nothing really surprising and too interesting about the plot, its just that this teenage girl is trying to deal with many issues and her being depressed. I liked how the author has also shown her character develop throughout the stories through her parents and peers. If you like being in a perspective of a kinda typical teenager, this book might be it for you
Deborah Heffner
I have to say I enjoyed Get Well Soon over this one. I felt that this book dragged on, even though it only covers three weeks. I really wanted her and Justin to get together, but life outside Lakeshit is much different. So in less than two months Anna checks into a mental hospital, gets out and is suddenly okay? WTF.....
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.
Feb 14, 2017 meghan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 13, 2015 Nikki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, 2-stars
Tada! I finally did another review!
Anna Bloom has been released into the real world after spending three eventful weeks in a mental hospital to discover that... Life sucks.

I feel like giving this book three stars is generous. I wanted to enjoy this book so much. The first one was interesting the first time around but I didn't feel like Get Well Soon had no real purpose. However, I felt like the squeal did.
Are all books perfect? No. Although this one had a particular purpo
Cierra Isaak
Oct 02, 2016 Cierra Isaak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read Have a Nice Day by Julie Halpern. This book was published October 16, 2012, it's also a sequel to the book Get Well Soon. I would say the genre of this book is definitely comedy and drama. Never in my years have I ever read a series as capturing as this one. Even though it's a simple plot about a girl named Anna Bloom with mental issues it manages to surprise.
Anna bloom just got out of the mental hospital for three weeks and is trying to adapt to her normal life at home. She bonds with
Jan 06, 2013 Rachael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 26, 2014 Jasmine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Christina Taylor
Feb 12, 2013 Christina Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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
Jan 21, 2016 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book "Have a Nice Day" by Julie Halpern is a relate-able, sarcastic filled, realistic fiction novel that most any teen would love to read. This sequel to "Get Well Soon" follows the protagonist, Anna, through her journey of trying to adjust to a normal life after just getting out of a mental hospital. Between the anger towards her parents for putting her in the hospital in the first place, adjusting to school again, and a potential split up of her parents, and leaving Justin (a former almost ...more
Dec 28, 2013 Kieli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jhenna Weber
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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
Jul 18, 2013 Anthony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 08, 2013 Anneliese rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
Julia Silver
Oct 27, 2012 Julia Silver rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
Aug 16, 2016 Nasura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anna Bloom has finally gotten out (or so she thought) of utter chaos at the mental hospital her parents thought she needed a three week stay at to be "cured" of her anxiety. But not only is she more unhappy than when she went into her long stay at Lake Land ( or Lake S**** as Anna calls it), but at home things are so not what they should be. Her parents are having a lot of fights, and Anna thinks that she might have caused the tension. Also Anna has just reunited with her friend, Tracy, but does ...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
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
Jan 01, 2014 Runa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 14, 2016 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Have a Nice Day is the direct sequel to Get Well Soon, which is the story of teenager Anna Bloom. After spending three weeks locked in a psychiatric hospital, Anna returns home to find that so much has changed while she was gone. Between the pink painted walls and her parents barely speaking, Anna discovers that she has a voice after all.

Anna comes out of the hospital only marginally better than when she went in, which did not seem all that realistic to me. Considering the connection she formed
I loved this book! It is the sequel to "get well soon", and I would recommend reading the two in order, as the main character, Anna, chronicles her admission and stay in a mental hospital for adolescents. In the sequel, "have a nice day", 16 year old Anna writes in her brand new journal about her return to high school after her three week stay at "Lake Shit".
Although the average high school teen has not been admitted into a mental hospital, Anna is an incredibly relatable character for adolesce
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JULIE HALPERN is the author of five young adult novels and one picture book for young readers. Maternity Leave is her first novel for adults. Prior to her life as full-time mom and author, Julie was a school librarian. In her imaginary spare time, she enjoys traveling, watching television for grown-ups, and eating baked goods. Julie lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, author and illustr ...more
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