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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 ultimately l...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Little, Brown and Company
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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...more
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...more
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...more
I hated this so much that I even wrote a list on the things I hated about it so I wouldn't forget. Let's see, let's see-ah. Happyface was whiny, confusing, with unrealistic and unrelatable characters, a weird format, not exactly as funny as it probably wanted to be, sloppy ending-shall I go on? The only reason I'm not giving it zero stars is, because, well, I don't give zero stars. The author must have a .1 percent potential for getting published or something, right?

Enter Happyface's journal an...more
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...more
This is the diary of Happyface, a not-so-happy-as-everyone-thinks-he-is teenager. In the beginning he’s kind of quiet and awkward and spends most of his time with his sketchbook, drawing the world and his best friend Chloe (who is smart, beautiful, and unobtainable). Everything changes when Happyface’s parents split up and he and his mom end up living in a small apartment and Happyface goes to a new school. He has the chance to reinvent himself as someone else, and he starts right away – grinnin...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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'...more
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
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-...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
Taylor Morrison
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.
Winslow Schmelling
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...more
Oct 17, 2012 inga rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Recommended to inga by: my misguided, older sister
This book was, simply put, frustrating.
My sister bought it about a year ago when we went shopping together, and being the slow reader she is, has only come around to reading it the past summer. I thought I'd give it a shot because she praised it and because I used to love journal-entry-books and epistolary fiction when I was younger. (I still do, kind of. Love Jaclyn Moriarty's Ashbury/Brookfield series.)

The story reads like a watered-down version of Looking for Alaska; Happyface is an obsessive...more
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"Happyface," a shy, invisible, artistic sophomore in high school, attempts to reinvent himself after a family tragedy occurs. His parents divorce as a result, and Happyface moves with his mother and is enrolled in a new school. Here he paints a big smile on his face, stops doing his schoolwork, and becomes the class clown. For awhile it works. He becomes relatively popular, develops friendships, and hangs out with the girl of his dreams. Underneath his mask, however, he is st...more
Honestly, it's only getting 3 stars because I liked the drawings. When I first added this book on my to-read list, I was not aware of the illustrations, and I was ever so please when I borrowed the book from my library and saw the drawings. I'm an artist myself, and I was very impressed with the author's artistic ability. But, alas, the story was not as good as the pretty pictures. At first I was okay with how things were going along. We know he likes his best friend, we know he's kind of a lone...more
Happyface is such a funny, poignant and honest read. I love the combination of illustrations and creativity that Edmond blended with together with the magic of Happyface's narration. It's like reading a real live journal! Happyface's voice is honest and sincere, strong and raw. At times funny at times a hint of sadness but one he tries to look optimistic about. Happyface is no perfect character, he's your typical flawed-discovering-himself character. But I appreciate the sincerity of what he's g...more
People have their ups, there downs, their rises, their plummeting falls. Happy face was a artist, a friend and anti-social. Who would want more? I mean his best friend ( almost his girlfriend) was everything to him. His family problems like having drinking parents and overachieving brother was hard to top. Hard to forgot and fix. When he moved he thought he could abandon all those mistakes even his past. He became Happy Face the life of the party the cool guy that made you laugh. Everything seem...more
I enjoyed Stephen Emond's Happyface--it was astute, well-drawn, heartfelt and honest. A lot of times, it was so honest it was uncomfortable. And sad.

The novel is the dairy of that... awkward kid you knew in high school. The one whose head was always in the clouds, who crushed intensely on pretty, artsy girls but never got liked back. I can't even say whether or not I liked any of the characters, because they all feel like real people. How can you comment on the realness of Emond's characterizati...more
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Hello, my name is Stephen Emond, or just Steve if you prefer. There isn’t much about that me isn’t be said in this excerpt from the HAPPYFACE page on amazon.com:

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Steve Emond does not have any superhuman powers, neat tricks, or famous relatives, but he’s a pretty cool guy who can draw. He is the creator of Emo Boy, which ran for 12 issues and two collections, and the comic strip, Ste...more
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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...” 24 likes
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