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More Happy Than Not

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  47,147 ratings  ·  7,249 reviews
In his twisty, gritty, profoundly moving New York Times bestselling-debut—also called “mandatory reading” and selected as an Editors' Choice by the New York Times—Adam Silvera brings to life a charged, dangerous near-future summer in the Bronx.

In the months after his father's suicide, it's been tough for sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again—but he's still gu
Paperback, 300 pages
Published April 26th 2016 by Soho Teen (first published June 2nd 2015)
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Cat I would say yes, but I'm a firm believer that kids should be exposed to difficult and complex topics because that's life - encountering it first in fi…moreI would say yes, but I'm a firm believer that kids should be exposed to difficult and complex topics because that's life - encountering it first in fiction makes things less frightening when experienced first hand. It's a coming of age story, so there are sexual awakenings and characters figuring out who they are and what friendships/romantic relationships mean. On top of that there are themes of loss, grief, and depression.

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)
Amy Williford I imagine that Thomas is Latino because he refers to himself as brown. Aaron is Puerto Rican and I imagine that he looks like the tall author. http://…moreI imagine that Thomas is Latino because he refers to himself as brown. Aaron is Puerto Rican and I imagine that he looks like the tall author.

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Adam Silvera
Dec 17, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)

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
Emily May
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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)
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i seem to have found myself unintentionally reading silveras bibliography in reverse chronological order and his books just keep getting sadder and sadder. but there is something in that sadness he creates. something living. something real. its something that makes you realise that heartbreak is good because it means youre alive. and you begin to learn that positives can come from the negatives, that pain doesnt have to be the end. you grow and understand and become the person you want to be. an ...more
Becky Albertalli
THIS BOOK. I'm getting choked up just thinking about it. I'll avoid posting details for now, but suffice it to say that:
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.
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, queer
“The boy with no direction taught me something unforgettable: happiness comes again if you let it.”

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 with 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 f
Reading More Happy Than Not and witnessing the SCOTUS decision on gay marriage has made me a super emotional wreck this week, in the best way possible. This book may even tie Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe for my favorite YA book, and if anyone here has read my review of Saenz's story, you know that means high praise. So, without further ado, I give you:

Five Reasons Why More Happy Than Not has Renewed My Faith in YA Fiction:

1) This book is so freaking sad. Forget plots
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Caz (littlebookowl)
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
4.5/5 stars!
Kayla Dawn
Jun 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star-books
*Review contains minor spoilers*

Sorry, but hell no. This was just awful.

1. Way too many "no homo"s
2. A plot that is all over the place, sometimes way to fast paced, sometimes painfully slow
4. A very basic writing style full of forced "deep" quotes
4. Flat characters, whose developments got sacrificed for the sake off having some "plot twists"
5. Giving the "original" love interest unlikable traits as soon as the new love interest is introduced
6. An egoistic, cheating & whiny protagonist who th
Always Pouting
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aaron Soto through out the course of the book struggles with his sexuality and then tries to turn to a new procedure that will help him forget he is gay. The premise was really original and unique, I haven't read anything like this. I didn't see the twist that came half way coming at all and I got very emotionally involved in the story. The ending made me so sad I couldn't stop thinking about it for days, and it really stuck with me. I like the questions the book raises about our identities and ...more
Brian Yahn
Adam Silvera's writing immediately absorbed me into the life of Aaron Soto--a troubled youth anxious to lose his virginity. And making the obvious comparison of the Leteo Institute's memory procedure to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, I was definitely intrigued to see where the story would go, especially since I was enjoying the prose so much. The realness of it swept me away like The Catcher in the Rye. There was something kind of immature about how giddy I was to read about this fictiti ...more
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let's be honest, I am never going to review this.

I just don't have the mental fortitude to do so. There's too much here to unpack.

Forgiveness, please.

More Happy Than Not is a lot. It's a serious story.

I enjoyed it, but also feel like my heart was ripped from my chest and repeatedly stomped. So, that's a feeling.

Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
This book just wasn't really my cup of tea. I don't think it was bad, I think the writing was good, the message was good, and everything else was good, but it's just not really my kind of book unfortunately.
Charlotte May
😭😭😭😭 I’m ok. I think I might be broken. But I’m ok.

This book broke me into a million pieces. Adam Silvera needs to start sending out wavers for people to sign before reading his books, because good God I am damaged!

First was They Both Die at the End(we ALL knew how that would go down) but with the title of this one, I hoped for slightly less heartbreak and soul crushing. BUT I was wrong. So wrong.

The blurb doesn’t give much to go on. Aaron has been dating Genevieve for 1 year, and they’ve been
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
This book was just really sad, at least to me.

All of the things Aaron went through is just too much. No one should ever have to go through that kind of stuff.

And the Leteo Institute, I have no words.

Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really REALLY liked this book and it is SO SO important and so great and just GAH.
It wasn't perfect, but the story was so compelling and the characters were so great and just EVERYTHING.
In the first half of the book it seems like things are happening really fast and the character development, especially in relationships, feels a little rushed, but then the middle of the book hits and EVERYTHING MAKES SENSE. The last h
Julio Genao
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: c*****
Recommended to Julio by: Becky Albertalli
Shelves: loved
you won't admit you love me.


this will not be a useful review of this book, and i'm sorry.

i just... never did figure out how to sort out my feelings another way.


i need a minute
need a minute and a minute and a minute more
heart pounds and my throat's so tight
memories aren't my friends tonight


falling in love for the first time was like sliding down a bannister.

maybe you know what i mean.

a bannister like the ones you see in a public school. long, and in the middle of the stairs
fulfilling my 2019 goal to read (at least) one book each month that has been digitally moldering, unread, on my NOOK for years and years and years.

one of the benefits of letting a book ripen on your NOOK for years and years and years is that you forget what the book is about and why you wanted to read it in the first place. you just know that february is a short month and you’ve set this NOOK-goal for yourself and as you find yourself getting closer to the end of the month, you panic and decide
Whitney Atkinson
3.5 stars

I have mixed feelings. The downfall is that I really really really wanted to like this book, but I'm just not a huge fan of books that require the suspension of disbelief, mostly in books like this contemporary/sci-fi hybrid. The whole sci-fi aspect was really thought-provoking, but I don't think it was developed well enough to be impactful as an element in the story. So even though the majority of the book is rooted in reality, there was just enough of that weird twist to make it feel
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A few days ago my good friend, and talented author, Adam Silvera posted this piece on his blog: Happiness Isn’t Just an Outside Thing. The blog post talks mainly about depression, which Adam has grappled with for some time now, and is a beautiful meditation on the failure of external validation to satisfy the holes that truly need filling. I’m so proud of him for sharing his hard journey with all his readers with the same incisive honesty that makes him such a fantastic writer.

On that note, a fe
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"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 . . .

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When I finally returned (
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this one, because a) I read it in the Caribbean, and b) its a very engaging story with likable (and despicable) characters and a genuinely shocking twist. Definitely recommend, especially if you're looking for good LGBTQ oriented books ...more
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I need a hug.
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

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 one of my biggest pet peeve make it plural : several of my biggest pet peeves - nah, I won't tell which ones, I can be annoying like that. But let's start at the beginning, shall we?

There are books that make you feel like a voyeur, as the characters seem so real that you get the impression to spy on
Elyse  Walters
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Other than......some of the characters had strange names: Me Crazy, Baby Freddie, Skinny Dave, Fat Dave, and our main character, Aaron gets the nickname of Stretch....
there are a lot of nutty games being played: "Manhunt 1 2 3, Manhunt 1 2 3, Manhunt 1 2 3", ...a shark game, 'don't touch green' game, ... plus handball, bikes, rollerblades, fights and fireworks, and tons of swearing....
booze, pot, birthdays, horoscope conversation, come childish dialogue, a crappy dig
Claudia Ramírez
I don't know what to think about this book. I just know it broke me. And that it is definitely NOT more happy than not. It is more like "More depressing than not". Ugh, I ended up so distraught :(.

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
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“Happiness shouldn’t be this hard.”

★ By reading this book I have read all of Adam released books and even unreleased ones (Infinity Son), I did not start with this one for no particular reason and then I did not know if I wanted to read it because I kept hearing mixed opinions: It is Adam’s best book or it is Adam’s worst book. I like to consider myself a reasonable human and I like to look at things from all aspects which explains the 3
Jul 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia
[3.5 ⭐️] I'm conflicted as to how I feel about this book. On one hand, it was extremely depressing to read about the general struggles the main character faced whilst also coming to terms with his sexuality and to see how disgusting homophobia is. I think Silvera did a great job in delving into the aspect of how difficult it can be to come out and the possible, unfortunate consequences that come alongside it.

On the other hand, it took a good while for me to get into this book and figure out the
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Read this in under 24 hours and it blew me away. Definitely surprised me, and I loved how raw and real this felt. Amazing, memorable characters... I really don't even know what to say. I really enjoyed this and would love to read more by this author in the future! ...more
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
TW: Depression, suicide, attempted suicide, homophobia, domestic abuse

I think my feelings are too all over the place on this one. I'm going to have to come back and try to be cohesive later. This was very well written, and it had really important #ownvoices queer latinx rep, but my personal reading experience was negative more in terms of how it hit me emotionally in specific ways. This is a hard read and I think for those who can handle that type of reading experience, this is an excellent book
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Adam Silvera is the New York Times bestselling author of More Happy Than Not, History Is All You Left Me, and They Both Die at the End. His next book What If It's Us is co-written by Becky Albertalli (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda) and releases on October 9th, 2018.
He writes full-time in New York City and is tall for no reason.

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