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Some Kind of Happiness

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  1,912 Ratings  ·  440 Reviews

• Her parents, who are having problems. (But they pretend like they’re not.)
• Being sent to her grandparents’ house for the summer.
• Never having met said grandparents.
• Her blue days—when life feels overwhelming, and it’s hard to keep her head up. (This happens a lot.)

Finley’s only retreat is the Everwood, a forest kingdom that
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published May 17th 2016 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Mary Similar plot elements, but the characters and their emotional journeys are very different. Worth reading!
Marie Publishers send out advanced copies to reviewers, booksellers, librarians, etc in hopes of generating early interest and getting positive feedback.

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I've been undecided between giving this book three stars or just two: for one side, giving it two stars doesn't feel right, on the other, I don't think I'll ever read it again. But I think this was mostly a case of "it's not you book, it is me".
The main character is a precocious child of eleven, who is suffering from depression and anxiety among other things. But she doesn't have a name for that, and she doesn't know how to deal with it, so she creates this magical place to which she escapes.
Katie Grace
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is all kinds of lovely, and everyone needs to read it.
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
first of all, thank you to Simon & Schuster for allowing me to read this wonderful and melancholy novel. I absolutely loved it.

full review is up here!
Beautiful book about families, secrets, and mental illness.
Mild spoilers ahead...

It makes me sad the way this story, with so much potential, was wasted. I liked many things about it: a main character who is a 10 years old girl who suffers from anxiety, depression and panic attacks (I loved the idea of introduced kids to this topic!); the fantastic stories she writes about the Everwood, and how these stories mixed with reality; what means to be part of a family and how we fit or do not fit in it; Finley struggles to accept her parents' divorce; honesty,
Wow. I wish this existed when I was a kid. It's the most familiar depiction of depression I've ever read and made me sob more than once.

I ordered it in hardcover.
Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
*ARC kindly provided by Claire Legrand - Author for review*

Some Kind of Happiness is my first experience on a Middle Grade (MG) book and I am happily surprised by how much this book made an impact on me. I love how the story was told - simple yet deep. The main topic was a direct shot to the heart. I love how refreshing it is to read a story told in the POV of a 10-year old girl.

The topic of depression and anxiety has been used by several books already. I have read my fair share of books dealing
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book made me cry. This book made me smile. This book made me hurt... this book... is not only incredibly powerful, but wonderfully written. Who even cares if it's "middle grade"
It's so good.
I definitely don't agree with the a lot of the reasoning in this book... and I kept thinking "oh, oh, if you knew Jesus...!" But it's still such a lovely book. Go read it.
Carina Olsen
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don't know how to deal with my feelings for this book. I can't. It was simply perfection. I have wanted to read it for so long, ever since Claire first started talking about it. As I adore Claire. And her books have all been amazing so far. I knew I would love this stunning middle grade. And I did. The most. It was so good.

But how do I even begin to talk about it? Oh, I don't know. This book was everything I wanted it to be and more. It made me feel so much. It made me cry. Many times. My hear
m a r y l i z
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I knew this was going to be a very feelsy book, but I had no idea that it was going to be one of the most emotionally touching stories I've ever read. PLEASE EXCUSE ME WHILE I CRY IN A CORNER FOR 1,382 YEARS.

Okay, first off, THE CHARACTERS. This is one of the most important factors of a book for me, and gosh, did this author outdo herself with these charries. I just want to hug Finley forever and let her know it's okay. (And Jack...don't even get me started on Jack.)

Another thing that absolutel
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Wow. I finally have a book to get behind for this year's Newbery, and (considering Navigating Early) maybe even for this year's Printz. This is fantastic.

I've got two overarching reactions to this. The first is that this is throwback children's lit: it's a what-I-did-on-my-summer-vacation book. (That we have Enright and Lai and DeCamillo and now Legrand is testament to how much there is to be mined in these stories; this certainly isn't a denigration.) This is a family story, and it's warm and
*eARC kindly provided by Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing via NetGalley*

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I’m not a fan of the middle grade genre. The few MG novels I’ve read in the last few years or so didn’t go that well. I mean, I liked the stories and all, but beyond that… nothing. I can’t even really explain why, but I do think the age is a big reason that they don’t work for me. I either find them completely unbelievable, or I can’t stand the voice, or I feel like I’m reading a children’s book (which I AM
Abigayle Claire
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

This book blew my mind. Finley was an amazing main character, and her entire "family life" dynamic was very, very real. From her parents who love her but not each other to her grandparents and cousins who are basically everyone's grandparents and cousins. SO well done!

I've never seen a book handle imagination and "darkness" so well, either. Cause Finley had both. Her stories are what keep her going when she curls up inside of herself and wants to hide from all the concerned adults. Ever
This is a powerful, raw look at what it feels and looks like to have depression and/or anxiety when you do not have the words to describe it, or the clout with adults to explain that difference between moody and mentally unstable.

There was a lot that brought up some horrible feels of young Lyn struggling with her own anxiety. I wish I had a book like this when I was a elementary school. The side story of growing out of your comfort zone was entertaining and beautiful as well.

Hann Remraf
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
one star taken off for the fact that Claire Legrand is not a Christian, and therefore I did not agree with a lot of her reasonings, or the solution to Finley's "darkness"
Nicole Hewitt
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This middle grade book tackles some very heavy topics, focusing on Finley’s anxiety and depression. It also covers divorce, family schisms, mysterious deaths, and secret-keeping. The result is a somewhat dark, but ultimately hopeful middle grade read. First off, I want to say that I think Legrand does an excellent job of describing Finley’s feelings of depression and her self-doubt and anxiety that often stem from that. She realizes that she shouldn’t feel so sad all the time, and she feels a lo ...more
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing

So now that I've read this insta-cover-love book, I can say that the above comment remains true. Some Kind of Happiness was everything I wanted and more in a book. It had mystery, adventure, unbreakable friendship, secrets, and SUPER realistic representation of mental illness. I really fell in love with Finley and her occasional flow of conscious thoughts
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Finley is an eleven year old girl who is dealing with some tough stuff. Not only are her parents dropping her off with her grandparents for the summer, but she has never met them. Why? She wants to know why they don't have photos of her or their son, her dad around the house. And who are all these cousins, aunts and uncles?
Add to all that she has terrible blue days. The sadness overwhelms her although she doesn't think she has anything to be sad about. It has always been there. Even before her
Krissy Aleman
This book is important.
This book is so, so, so important.
It is the story of a girl who likes words, lists, forests, and writing; a girl who has days when everything is dark and heavy and she cannot breathe. It is the story of family and love; of family and secrets and selfishness; of family and trying and failing and trying again. It is the story of magic, of darkness, of learning and growing.
If I could give this book six stars, I would.
Finley's "blue days" were so real and raw and relateable. S
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it

I had personal nitpicks with the way family was depicted (blood =/= everything) as well as (some) confusing character dynamics, but a very important middle grade book that treats MI with respect and is highly relatable.
John Kim
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Probably the best book I read. This book was so exciting, mysterious, and beautifully written. The story about a very internal girl, Finley Hart, is very exciting to read. When I am reading this, I cannot stop reading it because I am so curious what will happen next. So once I read it until midnight. I strongly recommend this book to realistic fiction, fiction, or fantasy readers and lovers. The story jumps between fiction and fantasy. This book is totally amazing.
Brandy Painter
Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

When I read MG, it is often a balancing act. I read MG as a teacher who wants to have great books to put in the hands of kids that will excite them about the world around them and what they can learn about it from books. I read MG as a mom with kids who I want to inspire and (at some times) protect. I read MG as myself just because it's some of the best literature out there and I love it. Sometimes the these three different roles of mine
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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"ONCE THERE WAS A GREAT, sprawling forest called the Everwood."

How are you neither hooked nor intrigued if that's the first phrase of the book?



But seriouSLY let's go back to the real business. I have always loved middle grade books. It lacks of unecessary romance and more centered on fami
Taylor Barbour
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I can say with confidence that SOME KIND OF HAPPINESS by Claire Legrand is easily one of my favorite books of the year, if not of all-time. Despite this being a middle-grade, which I typically don’t reach for, I wanted to give this a try because I had read work from Legrand before and loved her writing style.

From the first page, I was in love SOME KIND OF HAPPINESS, and I don’t say that about many books. Following eleven-year-old Finley, who is being sent away until her parents work things out,
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book. THIS BOOK. I wasn’t expecting to gain a new favourite when I started reading this. Of course when I buy a book I’m always hoping to love it, but this book moved me deeply and I found I couldn’t stop thinking about it. So here I am, writing a review on here so that more poeple can learn about it!
I had been meaning to read this book ever since it was published last year, mostly because the cover looks amazing, but what gave me the final push to buy a copy when it was released as a paper
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, favorites
This book doesn’t deserve 5 stars, it deserves a galaxy full of them.
This was the first book to ever make me sob. Like wow, this is a really good book.
Full review to come

This is a very important book in my opinion, but next to being important it is also just a really good read! It sits right in between young adult and middle-grade books. It reminded me a lot of The Bridge to Terabithia, it is a great mix of the whimsical fantasy world of children and the realness of the situation. In this book t
Gilbert Saller
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story is deep and dark... it deals with the brokenness and dysfunctionality of Finley's immediate and extended family - divorce, mystery, history, prejudice, death, the feelings and psychology behind depression (called "blue days" or represented as "The Dark Ones" in this book)... all the while the present story weaving between the building, warning, heeding foreshadowing parallels through Finley's fantasy world called "Everwood". This book was dark and important... and the dark elements ar ...more
I cried immensely over this.

One of my greatest fears is being in the next room, unknowingly, while my child is uncontrollably depressed. This is basically that book.

Finley Hart, a blonde eleven-year old with an active imagination, has never met her father's side of the family. The Harts. So when her parents hint at their upcoming divorce, and thus drop her off at her grandparents' house alone without much to grasp onto. Finley is surrounded by complete strangers. Aunts, uncles, cousins, grandp
Laura (bbliophile)
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: diversity, favorites
Some Kind of Happiness is about a 10-year-old girl named Finley who has to spend her summer at her grandparent's house because her parents are having problems. She has never met her grandparents, or anyone from her dad's side of the family, before.

Finley has blue days she wants no one to know about. Days on which she can't physically get out of bed, and when life feels overwhelming. Her only escape is the Everwood, a forest kingdom that she often writes about in her notebook, until she discover
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing

This is one of the best middle grade books I've read in a long time. Perhaps the best contemporary middle grade book. Most certainly the best I've read since becoming a children's bookseller ten months ago.

Here's why: it is honest. It is the only kids book I've read about anxiety and depression that I could straightfoward relate to. All the others are kinda like me, but not all the way. Finley is me. I am Finley. It felt like Claire Legrand had somehow gotten hold of my childhood diar
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Claire Legrand used to be a musician until she realized she couldn't stop thinking about the stories in her head. A native Texan, she is now a writer and librarian living in central New Jersey.

Her first novel is THE CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS, one of the New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing in 2012. She is also the author of THE YEAR OF SHADOWS, a ghost story for mid
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