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If It Makes You Happy

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  86 ratings  ·  59 reviews
High school finally behind her, Winnie is all set to attend college in the fall. But first she's spending her summer days working at her granny’s diner and begins spending her midnights with Dallas—the boy she loves to hate and hates that she likes. Winnie lives in Misty Haven, a small town where secrets are impossible to keep—like when Winnie allegedly snaps on Dr. Skinne ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Swoon Reads
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Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Having adored LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE from the same author, I absolutely needed to read this book. But now that I have, it’s hard to believe that the two were written by the same person.

For starters, this story is told from the first person POV, whereas Alice’s story was in the third person. That was a very good surprise, because Winnie’s voice is so strong. It was wonderful to be able to hear everything she was thinking directly. I cannot imagine someone claiming Winnie is a one-dimens

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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
A rom-com with a fat queer black girl as the MC, GET IN MY HANDS N O W PLEASE
May 22, 2019 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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Thank you Swoon Reads & Claire Kann for sending me this ARC!
✩ Ashley ✩
“🎶... It can't be that bad
If it makes you happy
Then why the hell are you so sad?”

I had to. It’s been stuck in my head all day since I added it to my TBR 😂
Rachel Strolle
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow this was super cathartic to read with all of the ways that Winnie displays the frustration of how the world treats you when you're fat holy guacamole
Nicole Field
Dec 10, 2018 marked it as to-read
"It’s about a queer Black fat girl in a committed queerplatonic relationship—and falling in romantic love with someone else for the first time."
Mar 25, 2019 marked it as to-read
ARC kindly provided by Pan Macmillan Australia in exchange for an honest review.

y'all this is the first physical arc i've ever been sent ahhhhhhh let's go
The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
I was super psyched about this book because I absolutely LOVED Let's Talk About Love. I was super psyched over the cover which is all kinds of #BlackGirlMagic feels!!! A fat Black girl with a huge smile, braids and a look that has zero fucks to give in regards to how other people want to define her? Honey, I'm here for it!

To be honest, this book felt disjointed to me. Winnie, the heroine, was all over the place. Despite the title, it seemed that she spent a great deal of the book making other pe
♠️ TABI ♠️
Aug 06, 2018 marked it as to-read
eeeep the author of a favorite book of mine where all kinds of representation is done superbly is writing another book!!

laurel [suspected bibliophile]
DNF at 20%

I'm so sad that this wasn't holding my attention that much. I was struuuuuuggling to get through the chapters and by the time I put this down I didn't feel much towards Winnie or her family at all.

This is another It's Not You It's Me book.

This starts in the middle of a kitchen fire started by Winnie's cousin Sam, and immediately character after character is introduced, along with backstory and relationships that felt weirdly underdeveloped/bland when they shouldn't have? At 20% in ther
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

If you weren't convinced that Kann has a knack for characters, then If It Makes You Happy will certainly convince you. Winnie has a big heart, does things for the right reasons (if they aren't the best course of action), and is one of those characters you instantly like. Whether Winnie's dedication to her family, her own personal growth to stick to what she believes in, or her entangle
Dec 10, 2018 marked it as to-read
That cover really lives up to the title, and the summary sounds cute and lovely, and I'm so excited for another Claire Kann book.
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Winnie is one of those characters that I have been waiting a long time to see in contemporary literature. She is a strong, independent black female who is fat and queer. Winnie isn’t here for anyone’s judgements about her body or her sexuality. She’s brutally honest and speaks her mind without a filter. Winnie is my spirit animal.

Winnie recently finished high school, which means college is on the horizon for the fall. During the summer, she stays with her grandmother (like she does every summer)
I received this book from the publisher/tour host in exchange of an honest review.

It is time for summer, and that means that Winnie is all eager to visit Misty Haven where her grandma lives and has a diner called Goldeen (yes, the Pokemon). But her summer is going to be way different than she has planned. With romance, a competition, a kingly/queenly kind of event, trouble, and people trying to get her to lose weight (though she is just happy with who she is, bless her).

The diner was so much fun
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
I think the synopsis does a pretty good job explaining what the book is about, so I want to talk more about the characters.

First is Winnie.  She is 18 and working at her granny's diner the way she does every summer.  She loves working there.  Her brother Winston, and cousin, Sam stay there with her.  Winnie is black and fat (not said in a bad way).  She is happy with how she is.  She's pretty confident except when it comes to public speaking.   She didn't sign up, but someone put her name in for
Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
Full Review on The Candid Cover

Any book about diners and cooking competitions is an instant win for me, so I was very excited when I learned about If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann. The book is not just about the diner, however, as it touches on serious topics as the main character is crowned the summer queen. I enjoyed the influential message the novel has to offer along with the main character who is unapologetically herself. This is a quietly powerful read that I would definitely recommend
Michelle (Firstbooklove)
(I received a free eARC from NetGalley & Xpresso Book tours for a voluntary and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own)

Book review: If it makes you happy by Claire Kann (4 stars)

If it makes you happy by Claire Kann
Genre: YA, contemporary, Romance, LGBT
Rating: 4/5 stars

(DISCLAIMER: All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

Winnie is spending her summer working at her family’s diner and hanging out with Dallas, who she has a crush on. When she snaps at a doctor, everyone give
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-books
Not going to lie, this book took a while for me to dive into, there was so many things happening in the first 50 or so pages. I finally kind-of understood the storyline after that, but the plot didn't go anywhere much. It follows Winnie, a girl of colour who's on summer break in Misty Haven, and follows themes such as friendship, loyalty, family, health, and love.

That being said, huge bonus points for the detail that went into a lot of the characters, and it really allowed me to connect with som
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Mandy W.
Cover Story: Happy As Can Be
BFF Charm: Big Sister
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Straight Up (But Could Be Sped Up)
Bonus Factors: Small Town Traditions, Fat as Fact
Factor: Family
Relationship Status: Happy Ending

Read the full book report here.
Ceillie Simkiss
Full Review to Come
Mar 21, 2019 marked it as to-read
I loved Let's Talk About Love so I'm suepr excited for this!
Thank you to Swoon Reads, Xpresso Book Tour and Netgalley for providing me with a digital Arc in exchange for an honest Review!

💗 Read this Review on my Blog 💗

CW's: Emotional Abuse, Fatphobia

Representation 🌺 Queer Black Fat MC

Why You Should read If It Makes You Happy

The main character Winnie ☀ Now she is a force to behold and I can happily say that I immediately liked Winnie. She is a queer black fat girl and has often experienced a number of hate against her on ground of her sexuality, size
Jun 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Special thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC and the opportunity to read and review this book before its release date. This, however, does not reflect the opinions in my review.

If It Makes You Happy is my first introduction to Claire Kann and, overall, it was everything one could want in an enjoyable, summery contemporary read. Misty Haven and Goldeen’s practically jumped off the page and Kann did a great job of really capturing that small-town feel. It felt like a place I could fi
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up! Thank you to XPresso Blog Tours & Swoon Reads for providing me with an ARC copy of If It Makes You Happy in exchange for an honest review!

Note: Any quotes used in this review are from the ARC copy & may not match up with the final copy!

I wasn’t sure why I loved myself as much as I did. Never really questioned it.

Lemme get the negative out of the way so that I can get to raving about If It Makes You Happy. The plot & scene transitioning felt messy at times — one secon
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I was lucky enough to win an ARC of this from Swoon reads on Twitter. Thank you, Swoon Reads!

Winnie is an 18-year-old girl who spends her summers in Misty Haven, working at her grandmother's diner, Goldeen's. She loves being there even though she and her grandmother have a volatile relationship. She spends her summers working non-stop and spending time with her brother, Winston, and her cousin, Sam, who grew up in her house and is like a sister. She has a queer platonic relationship with her "un
Candyce Kirk
Jun 03, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

When you read the blurb, you realize this book will be pretty diverse, but it's more so than I realized. My favorite thing about that was it didn't feel forced. The characters were themselves and that was that. I love when authors create a world like that and everything seems natural.

If It Makes You Happy follows Winnie, a plus-sized girl of color. She is spending the summer with her grandmother (like she does every year) and plans on helping her grandmother run her diner. She sees hers
Lisa Mandina
This was really a good book. It had so much to it, depth, characters, back stories, side stories, emotion, drama, and a lot of really good takes on issues that you may not think about normally, or don't realize because they were from the side of an issue you may not identify with. Even some of them that I do feel like I connect with, the whole overweight thing especially, I even learned a few things or began to think of them from a slightly different angle. I loved Winnie's relationship with Kar ...more
Lindsay Montague
Jun 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-releases

I loved Claire Kann’s early 2018 debut, Let’s Talk About Love, so I was excited to read her sophomore novel. And then I saw the cover and I REALLY wanted to get my hands on it—plus sized person of color, for the win! There are a lot of components that I really loved about this book, but overall the plot felt way too jumbled.

Winnie Woodson was an awesome main character, who is so authentic and relatable. She’s a fat, queer teen who loves herself even on the days when she feels too big
I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Winnie is thrilled to be spending her last summer before college working at her Granny's diner, Goldeen's. She'll get to spend time at her favorite home-away-from-home with her favorite people: her Granny, her 'baby' brother Winston, her cousin Sam, and her ungirlfriend Kara. But her plans for an easy summer quickly go awry in a quick series of events: first she is unexpectedly chosen as the Haven Summer Royalty Quee
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