More Happy Than Not
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 over ...more
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In some ways it's a pretty heavy book, but it's also accessible for young readers - it would get the message across that not everyone has a squeaky clean life, and that's ok. Some 14 year olds will be more ready and receptive to this than others, but I'm always hesitant to say someone is too young because the topics are complex. People are gay, people are depressed, people swear, people have sex, sex is confusing, and puberty is the wooooooorst - kids know all this already, but if it's normalized early on then maybe it won't be so hard for them to talk about it as they're going through it.(less)
“This is still an ugly world.”
I opened with that quote for a reason - while definitely entertaining, More Happy Than Not is a dark, sad book that deals with homophobia, depression and suicide. The quirky dialogue and nerdy references to comic books, Star Wars and action heroes are much needed to lighten up an otherwise very distressing novel.
Personally, I do not think the promised big twist is particularly hard to guess if you've read the description and (view spoiler)[seen the movie this is ...more
POWERFUL. POIGNANT. INDISPENSABLE BOOK.
Oh, damn, what a rollercoaster of emotions this was. Havoc in my heart. I wish I could say that it made me smile or laugh or dream, but that would be lying to you and myself. It is very unlikely that you will turn the last page and sigh, hand on your heart and stars in your eyes. You will very likely be clutching at your heart, in fear that it will break. In hindsight, I realize that I had no idea what I was getting into. When I heard people qualifying thi ...more
MORE HAPPY THAN NOT is my debut novel, and there was a time where I believed this book was never going to be seen by others after rejections and nonsense. But it's here! And it's about a boy who is considering a memory-alteration procedure to forget he's gay because leading a life as a straight teen would probably be way easier for him. It's about science versus nature, friendship, sexuality, and a quest for happiness. I hope every book I put out into the universe feels as special and ...more
Five Reasons Why More Happy Than Not has Renewed My Faith in YA Fiction:
1) This book is so freaking sad. Forget plots ...more
1. Aaron's voice is pitch-perfect, and it's impossible to read this book without falling in love with him.
2. It is full of surprises and twists and emotional highs and lows, to the point where putting the book down is almost physically painful.
3. It will break your heart in the best possible way.
Beautiful, beautiful book.
Predictably, this isn't just a story about a kid losing his virginity. No, it quickly ...more
"It's okay how some stories leave off without an ending. Life doesn't always deliver the one you would expect."
Holy book slump, Batman! I was on a tear through 2 and 3 Star books when More Happy Than Not finally queued up at the library. Then Larry told me I had to love it or we could no longer be friends, but I had to go watch my kids lose 427 baseball games first so I left the book on the table . . .
When I finally returned (my al ...more
On that note, a fe ...more
Oh, boy. I won't.
More Happy Than Not didn't turn out to be what I expected, and let me tell you, it was so much better than I thought it would be. Messed-up when you think about it, this containing
There are books that make you feel like a voyeur, as the characters seem so real that you get the impression to spy on ...more
I kind of liked it, but I could never really connect with the characters, although I really liked a bunch of them (Aaron, Gen, Aaron's mom, Eric, Evangeline and Thomas, specially Thomas). I didn't care about them as much as I feel I should, and I was surprised when I started crying towards the end! So ...more
“The boy with no direction taught me something unforgettable: happiness comes again if you let it.”
Some books give me that single tear; Some books give me a few tears but not a lot; Some books give me enough tears to fill up a river. More Happy Than Not made me cry a book river. Despite the smiley face on the cover, this isn't a happy book. I have never cried so hard in a book as I did reading this book.
I have copious amounts of respect and adoration for Adam Silvera, the auth ...more
"I'm more happy than not. Don't forget me."
More Happy Than Not tore my heart into million little pieces; that it has been used as confetti in a musical variety show.
But seriously, More Happy Than Not is a dark, depressing novel. I didn't expect it to be this sad. I thought this book will be kind of a light read but I guessed I was wrong. I should have known. I got surprised on how much I've been emotional reading this beautiful, precious novel.
It was a punch-in-a-gut, a pierce-in-a-heart kind ...more
I heard nothing but praise about More Happy Than Not and I also knew the author from Twitter since he's also a Shelf Awareness reviewer. The pull that ...more
I have so many things to say. I can say this book is perfection, that everyone should give this book a try. And you may believe me, like I believed when people told me this before I read it, but you won' ...more
I've waited so so long(well, since this was released I guess) to read this. This was one of my most anticipated books of 2015 and it did not let me down.
Adam Silvera seems to be a cool guy. I like the way he interacts on social media, I think he's quite funny and so is his writing style. Maybe not his novel(because yeah it is kind of sad) but definitely his writing style.
This was a page-turner from ...more
I honestly don't know what to say. I started reading this out of curiosity after all the hype this book was getting. First few chapters and I stopped to ponder what got all these people raving about a book which I found pretty conventional at first. Well, aside from the whole Leteo brouhaha, I was utterly confused as to what the fuss was about. So I kept going until several hours later I've finished it and yet here I am -- still staring at Aaron's last sentence, still mildly confused but for a c...more
No, I won't.
Nothing could have prepared me for this intense and emotional story. I don't know why but I expected it to be a light read despite of the fact that everything about this book says that it's a sad story. Except for the title, which misleading because this book is more SAD than HAPPY! I started reading the book at midnight and finished it at early morning, and it's needless that I was crying my eyes out at the end. This has to be the most sad ...more
// I'm actually a bit exhausted now. What an emotional book! I don't even know what to say right now.
Life hasn't been easy for Aaron Soto. He has grown up poor in a Bronx housing project, his father committed suicide in their small apartment, he ...more
And totally not what I was expecting. Did I love it? Did I think it was okay? Did I really hate parts of it? Do I like what happened? I honestly have no idea, for some reason I feel like I'm in book limbo and I need more time to think about this.
But that last line will always haunt me.