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Something Like Happy

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  9,140 ratings  ·  996 reviews
With wry wit and boundless heart, Eva Woods delivers an unforgettable tale of celebrating triumphs great and small, seizing the day, and always remembering to live in the moment.

“It's simple, really. You're just meant to do one thing every day that makes you happy. Could be little things. Could be big. In fact, we're doing one right now…”

Annie Hebden is stuck. Stuck in her
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Graydon House
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Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Polly is thirty five years old and is terminally ill. Doctors have informed her that she only has 100 days left to live. Polly is determined to make the most of her remaining life and makes it a goal to find happiness every day. She soon befriends Annie who is tending to her mother at the hospital. Polly is enthusiastic and bubbly, while Annie is introverted and cautious.

Annie is also thirty five and is feeling overwhelmed since her mother developed dementia. She currently works at an unfulfill
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lovely!!! My heart broke for both protagonists, both their stories were heartbreaking. I laughed a few times but mostly cried. Lol. Grab your tissues!!
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
It’s very rare for me to read a book that touches me on such a personal level, even if I relate to the characters in a major way or if the storyline reaches someplace deep inside my heart I don’t often feel truly moved and inspired by a book. I think this is one of those magical moments where I picked the perfect book at the right time, Something Like Happy was exactly the type of book I needed and I didn’t even realize it until I was done.

Woods was inspired by the 100 days of happy posts that w
Dale Harcombe
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you knew you only had 100 days to live how would you spend them? That is the case for Polly. She is determined to make the best use of each day. Colourful, flamboyant Polly meets up with Annie who feels hard pressed by life. She meets Polly in the hospital here she is visiting her mother who has dementia and no longer recognises her daughter. When these two come together it’s like trying to mix oil with water you’d think. But somehow Polly gets through to Annie and co-opts her into trying to ...more
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
SOMETHING LIKE HAPPY by Eva Woods is simply outstanding!!!!!
This book broke me and no this is not an exaggeration - ask my husband who woke up suddenly to the sound of me wailing at 2 am, lol. This story sucked me in and made me care so deeply about the characters and pulled at my heartstrings from start to finish and I definitely went through a box of tissues as I read it, but it also made me laugh out loud, made me appreciate my life even more, and hammered home the point that life really is w
Lisa Aiello
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a definite 6 star read, but since Goodreads won't allow that (and I have to take off one star for God awful editing, proofing, formatting - which I can only hope is because it was an ARC), a 5 star it is.

This book was everyting - sad, happy, heart-breaking, hilarious, irreverant, joyous. You name the emotion, and this story contained it. It is a out friendship and love, selfishness and selflessness. It is about choosing to live a life that is large enough to contain all the emotions, so
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
I wasn't the biggest fan of this book. I was hoping for a book that was really uplifting and would make me feel SOMETHING. Unfortunately, this one well fell flat to me.

I didn't find Polly inspiring and her message didn't really hit me very hard. Her message was a little contradictory at points. In the beginning of the book she tells Annie to write down something happy every day, even if it's small, but then later she tells her that she needs to do happy things that are bigger. I think it would
Oct 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
I read this book, and recommended it to my book club, based on the stellar reviews. Unfortunately I will be the one bad review in this sea of happiness, as I absolutely hated this book. The writing style (or absolute lack of it, actually) sealed it for me from the beginning, but I finished it because I had recommended it and felt I owed it to my fellow book clubbers. Oy. I know I'm not a "light," chick-lit person, but I can get through it if necessary. I didn't feel anything for any of these cha ...more
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book is like a self-help book romanticized. I am so happy to have won it in a Goodreads giveaway! Sooooo good!!!
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In a world where many of us are feeling at odds for various reasons, this book is a reminder that it is important to stop and smell the roses. Something Like Happy is a novel that explores the idea that no matter what your circumstances, there is still joy to be found in the little things if you let them. Eva Woods has crafted a beautiful story that is relatable, humorous, and contains a cast of characters that will tug at your heartstrings.

At first glance, one mig
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Something Like Happy is a beautiful story about characters you'll love, friendship and small joys in life. The novel also revolves around 100 Happy Days Project, I had never heard of it before, so it was an experience reading about that. It shows how you can find joy in small things in life.

Annie Hebden is miserable and Polly is set to enjoy and celebrate life in the 100 Happy Days Project Challenge. Miserable Annie of thirty-fiv
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: beach-read, chic-lit
On the back cover of “Something Like Happy” is the alluring sentence: For fans of JoJo Moyes comes a moving tale of finding happiness in one hundred days. Well, that’s all I needed to pick-up this book. Indeed, author Eva Woods penned a “Moyes-esq” sort of novel.

Protagonist Annie Hebden is a surly curmudgeon who happens to cross paths with Polly Leonard in a hospital. The reader learns there are many reasons for Annie’s surly attitude. However, Polly, who only has three months to live because o
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This was unexpectedly fantastic.

Polly, an exhaustingly exuberant terminally-ill woman, crashes into the life of Annie, who is understandably broken & hopeless after the shocking loss of her baby and marriage. It’s hard to refrain from rolling your eyes at all the cliches of living life to the fullest as these women stumble through the next 100 days. But, it doesn’t matter ONE BIT. I adored both women and their stories, with my emotions ricocheting around every bend.

This was the perfect book to
Sherri Thacker
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I knew I had to read this book when I read the cover and the plot to this story. What a wonderful book this was! Even though this is all about a young girl dying of cancer, she decides to live her final days working on the Hundred Happy Days Project. Polly is given 100 days to live so why not work on this project with her new friend Annie? It’s so beautifully written and there were times I could not put this book down. Highly recommend this to those wanting a “feel good” book despite a sad outco ...more
Mandy Baggot
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a lovely uplifting and thought-provoking read. Powerful issues were addressed but in a light-hearted and humorous way. It made me laugh, cry and feel thankful. Recommended!
Chris Conley
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book. Eva Woods takes impending death and several terrible events and uses them to show how wonderful life can become. I truly loved this book.
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read: May 2018
Rating: 4/5 stars

I picked this book up at the library this morning and started reading when I got home. Based on the cover I expected something sweet and funny but it was so much deeper than that. I couldn’t put it down until I’d finished the entire story. Something Like Happy is a lovely, life affirming, easy to read novel about how to make the best of your life, no matter what the circumstances.
Lindsay Williams (Bibbidi Bobbidi Bookworm)
Special thanks to Little Bird Publicity and Graydon House for sending me a copy of Something Like Happy in exchange for my honest review!

I have a bachelor's degree in English (Literature emphasis) and have taught high school English for almost twelve years now. I like to consider myself a bit of an expert in analyzing literature, and I also consider myself a very strong reader who is capable of comprehending difficult texts. My days are filled with discussions of Othello and Death of a Salesman
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Damn, Something Like Happy is a seriously emotional read.

I’ll be completely honest by admitting I went into this one a little bit tentative. The notion of the book was intriguing, but I find books dealing with the topics included in this one can be a bit hit or miss. Mainly it was the #100HappyDays social media phenomenon that had me a bit worried. My idea of a social media phenomenon to follow is watching people make a fool of himself or herself through the ice bucket challenge or the cinnamon
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Something Like Happy is the story of Annie Hebden and how her life changes when she meets the terminally ill Polly Leonard. Here are five reasons why I think you'll enjoy this one:

- You'll root for Annie. When we first meet Annie, she's at a low point in her life and has been there for awhile. She has a crappy job, a crappy apartment, and her mother has early onset Alzheimer's. Her husband left her for her best friend, and she also went through the terrible loss of her son. Even though she has
Elaine Mullane || At Home in Books
Annie has been dealt a really hard hand in life. She has lost her only child to cot death, and then her husband to her best friend. She has completely given up on life, spending her days wandering between her unfulfilling job to her lonely, shared apartment where she dines on ready meals for one in front of the TV.

One day, while visiting her mother, who has dementia, in hospital, she meets Polly, an upbeat, eccentric and charismatic young woman who has been diagnosed with cancer and given three
Megan C.
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
"The thing about happiness, Annie--sometimes it’s in the contrasts.  Hot bath on a cold day.  Cool drink in the sun.  That feeling when your car almost skids on the ice for a second and then you’re fine--it’s hard to really appreciate things unless you know what it’s like without them."
~Something Like Happy
Finished this lovely audiobook recently - I enjoyed it so much! It's a story about Annie, a woman who has literally lost it all, and Polly, who is is determined to help Annie find joy agai
Luanne Ollivier
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was really intrigued by the inspiration for Eva Woods' new novel Something Like Happy. I hadn't heard about the #100happydays challenge before this. (You can find out more at the website and on Twitter.)

In Something Like Happy, we meet Annie - who is definitely not happy. Her mother is ill, she hates her job, lives in a grubby flat, her marriage has broken up and there's a tragedy in her past that has crippled her moving forward. A chance meeting with Polly, a woman who is dying, changes her l
I really liked this book. I listened to the audio book (narrated by Henrietta Meire) and it was fantastic! She is a great narrator and all the various characters came alive under her different inflections and accents - Dr. Max in his thick Scottish accent is my favorite, second only to Costis, Annie's Greek born flatmate. If you want to try this on audio book (helpful if you like me are commuting daily) I totally recommend this narration. Nothing is worse than a crappy narrator (well, there are ...more
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much Little Bird Publicity and Graydon House for sending me a copy of this book to read and review. And thank you Eva Woods for writing a book that I absolutely needed to read, the timing was serendipitous.

I was meant to read this book. It has been such a long time since I read something and continually flagged pages and wrote in the margins, but this book was filled with so many “life lessons” I just knew I would want to revisit them many times. I laughed out loud (like on day 31)
Gina Lynette
This book is so well-written and the characters are pretty great (plus 2 stars), but it was amazingly terrible anyway (minus 3 stars). How does an author manage that?

As a renowned PollyAnna, the premise is right up my alley. Polly and Annie -- get it? PollyAnna(ie) -- encounter one another when things aren't going well for either of them and Polly challenges Annie to a 100 day happiness quest. You know... like the ones on Facebook based on Positive Psychology. So far so good, right?

Then the auth
Hannah Symonds
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are going to read this book you need a big box of tissues, I don't know how anyone can read it without crying. It is such an emotional read that it had me in bits for days. But don't be put off as it shows you how you can make everyday count and how important your friends and family are in your time of need.  ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It made me laugh and cry throughout.
It also serves as a reminder that we need to live our lives as best and as fun as we can, just like Polly!
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Aug 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: august-2018
DNF fastest book I've ever DNF before on audiobook. The first chapter was unbelievable and I couldn't get into it. Why would someone who works as a receptionist be so cruel? Expected a fun read but meh. Not today. ...more
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Eva Woods lives in London, where she writes and teaches creative writing. She likes wine, pop music, and holidays, and thinks online dating is like the worst board game ever invented.

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“I think we should all live as if we are dying too – because we are, make no mistake. We should live as if we’re dying at some unspecified but possibly quite soon time. We can’t expect every day to be happy, and there’ll always be sickness and heartache and sadness, but we should never put up with a sad or a boring or a depressing day, just for the sake of it. None of us have time for that, whether we have a hundred days left or a hundred thousand.” 10 likes
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