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If It Makes You Happy

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  528 ratings  ·  185 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, 340 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Swoon Reads
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Cristina Monica
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
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
A rom-com with a fat queer black girl as the MC, GET IN MY HANDS N O W PLEASE

I won a giveaway!

You know what makes me happy?


Buzzword A Thon

Thank you Swoon Reads & Claire Kann for sending me this ARC!

This book just wasn't for me, which is a shame because I was super excited to read this. From pretty much the first chapter I wasn't feeling it. I didn't like Winnie the main character, she's just insufferable and I couldn't wait to be out of her life. Kara her "ungirlfriend" which WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT! was awful. I didn't understand what Winnie & Kara's relationship was suppose to be, they seemed like best friends but a
Amy Imogene Reads
5 stars!

I LOVED THIS. I wish this had existed when I was in high school. The girl I was could have used this happy, hopeful book.

Main character: ★★★★★
Humor: ★★★★★
Romance: ★★★★★
The ending: maybe controversial, but I LOVED the ending in particular

Winnie is ready for another summer spent in her grandma's small-town diner, waiting on tables and hanging out with her ungirlfriend. She's comfortable in her space, in her life, and she's just waiting of for the summer's good times to come before she goe
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it

Claire Kann’s second novel was relatable to me in many ways. I appreciated Winnie’s struggle for acceptance from her family and people around her. To be a Black, queer fat woman is to be subjected to endless microagressions and silencing tactics all the time. Especially within Black families, when elders think they’re right because they’re older. The strife between Winnie and her Granny resonated so hard, as I had a similar relationship with my grandparents growing up.

I also enjoyed reading abo
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
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tender and relatable on so many levels.

I love the subtleties of this book. Just ace peeps being ace and living their lives without turning this book into an educational primer on the ace spectrum. I appreciated the storyline with the grandmother. Family dynamics are hard, and it's so important to learn to draw your boundaries and be your own person, and that's okay. I'm so glad teens get an opportunity to see that with this book.
Tabi⁷ (ᕗツ)ᕗ
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!!

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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
'If It Makes You Happy', made Me happy. I loved this book. I loved the relationships with her family, friends, un-girlfriend. I loved how they were messy, and complicated, and didn't always do the right thing. The plot was a little messy though. This review is going to be so long, and I genuinely don't know how, but watch this review get way too long for human eyes.

➽Working At Goldeen's - Winnie, and her brother + cousin work at Goldeen's over the summer. It's a family run restaurant and it was
Maggie [storme reads a lot]
I’m not feeling this book at the moment. I may try it again another time.
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Open, honest conversations about feelings, cutting out people who are bad for you, and a queerplatonic relationship?! Thank you.
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
this was so much fuuuun and so goooood pls read it now.

Thank you to Swoonreads & Edelweiss for this review copy!
Actual rating: 2.5

I feel pretty conflicted about this book, and I'm so sad about that. I loved Let's Talk About Love, as it was one of the first books where I saw asexuality represented, so I had really high hopes for this one. And I really loved the first part of the book, which was very promising, but then it all sort of went downhill for me.

The good:

- The main character, Winnie. She's truly amazing: a well-rounded, flawed and very interesting character. I really loved the rep, especially beca
Jun 19, 2019 added it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
Update 12/5/19: I’ve learned a lot more about what queerplatonic means, so I feel like a lot of what I said here was messy and problematic and want to rectify that. HOWEVER I still feel Kara was controlling and that was irritating and upsetting.


I made it about halfway through this one. And I was really liking parts of it and couldn't deal with others. Like, I really love the main character, Winnie. I see so much of myself in her attitude and love of her family and struggling with dealing w
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
Trigger warnings: fatphobia, fat shaming, medical emergency.

I am so bummed I didn't love this. Let's Talk About Love is one of my favourite contemporary stories, so when I first read about this one, I was SUPER excited about it. And then I promptly put off reading it for a year. And now I've read it and I'm just...sad.

My biggest problem with this was that there was just Too. Much. Going. On. There were about four different plots happening here and the whole thing just felt frantic and jumbled
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
Lost in Book Land
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alright, so I fell off my posting plan a little last week. There was no special Friday post, I for really busy with things and I just did not have the creative energy to come up with something I wanted to post that was fun (and part of those Friday posts is that they are supposed to be fun for me to post, not that reviews, are not fun because they are but they are supposed to be something outside of the norm)! So I decided it was okay to skip last Friday and finish reading some titles and start ...more
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
3 stars.

“Sometimes, I didn’t want to be nice. I didn’t think I was a bad person, but that niceness felt like a burden I had to endure because of my Blackness. Doubly so because I was a girl. Triply so because I was fat. How come I wasn’t allowed to have that space where my attitude could be less than? I was a person, human, too. People weren’t always nice. Neither was I—I just hid it until the breathing and the counting failed me.”

Honestly, Claire Kann’s books might just not be for me. I’m ratin
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this. Review to come on my blog. :)
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
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
Enne (they/he)
4 stars
TW: nstitutionalized fatphobia, casual fatphobia, discussions of fatphobia, casual arophobic comments, discussions of homophobia, gaslighting, character being kicked out of the home repeatedly
Rep: Black fat queer girl MC, asthmatic Black boy SC, mostly POC cast

The Writing
The writing wasn't anything to write home about (take a shot every time a reviewer uses this pun). But, to be honest, I really remember -2 things about the writing in this book, which seems to be a common theme with
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
Who wrote that synopsis? I just want to talk.

→ Content/trigger warnings; fire, mentions of death of mother, medical bias/mistreatment, fatphobia, racism, mentions of bullying, arophobic language, emotionally abusive grandmother, queerphobia, kissing, ableism,

→ Rep; Winnie is Black, fat, polyamorous, queer*, has a severe gluten intolerance, and is in a queerplatonic relationship with Kara. Kara (SC) is implied to be aromantic, maybe even aroace? Winston (SC) has asthma. Couple Black side characte
Katie (patronusaurus reads)
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy free for review. All opinions are my own.

There was so much about this that I liked, but there was also enough that I did not enjoy that I think I have to leave it at a middle-of-the-road 3 star rating. Let's start with the things I did like!

THE REPRESENTATION. Winnie is self-described as queer, fat, and black, and she is living her best life and embracing all aspects of her identity! Winnie's self-confidence was contagious, and I coul
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)
Samantha (WLABB)
I read an enjoyed Kann's debut, so when I saw this extremely inviting cover, I knew I wanted to get to know that girl more. This book was not exactly what I was expecting. It was far more angsty, and I have to admit, I sometimes felt a bit confused. This could be because of the way Winnie's sort of disorganized thoughts would fly all over, but I also struggle with her relationship with Kara a bit.

Needless to say, there were many things I loved about this book.

• Winnie was not perfect, but she
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