What Makes You More Happy Than Not?
In honor of the release of Adam Silvera’s debut novel, More Happy Than Not, the crew at Soho Teen are turning to everyone and asked, “What Makes Your More Happy Than Not?” So today, I wanted to share with you what makes ME More Happy Than Not. Which let’s be honest, wasn’t easy when I really sat down to think about it. I’ve listed a few, since I couldn’t decide on just ONE. #cheating
The best laugh comes when your stomach aches, your face is wet with tears and there is absolutely nothing that can make you stop. Sharing it with friends & family is THE best. When things are tough – finding the humor in things and letting out the tension with laughter is the best medicine for stress.
This would seem like an obvious one, but my family and friends make my day, every day. New friends and old friends. Online friends, blogger friends and “real life” friends. Everyone touches my heart in some way shape or form, everyday.
I am not a music guru by any means – but whenever I am feeling down, I put music on. When I am happy – I put music on. Music is my favorite to go THING that can always make me happy.
[divider]More Happy Than Not
by Adam Silvera
Published by Soho Teen Release date : June 2nd, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher | Format: ARC
Purchase at: Amazon (Affiliate Link) • The Book Depository
The Leteo Institute's revolutionary memory-relief procedure seems too good to be true to Aaron Soto -- miracle cure-alls don't tend to pop up in the Bronx projects. But Aaron can't forget how he's grown up poor or how his friends aren't always there for him. Like after his father committed suicide in their one bedroom apartment. Aaron has the support of his patient girlfriend, if not necessarily his distant brother and overworked mother, but it's not enough.
Then Thomas shows up. He has a sweet movie-watching setup on his roof, and he doesn't mind Aaron's obsession with a popular fantasy series. There are nicknames, inside jokes. Most importantly, Thomas doesn't mind talking about Aaron's past. But Aaron's newfound happiness isn't welcome on his block. Since he's can't stay away from Thomas or suddenly stop being gay, Aaron must turn to Leteo to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he is.
Adam Silvera's extraordinary debut novel offers a unique confrontation of race, class and sexuality during one charged near-future summer in the Bronx.
*I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
More Happy Than Not was a hard book to read. Simply because it tackles some hard to read situations, and the pain that is laid bare before us is intense and heartbreaking. To be completely honest – I wasn’t aware heading in that the book would take a darker tone; but I am pleasantly surprised it did.
Adam’s writing is real and raw; pulling you in with a vise grip and never letting go. The story is told in 3 parts – and it weaves together seamlessly. There was a major “plot twist” a little over half way into the book, and i feel like i should have seen it coming. The clues were there, it all makes sense and the build up for the reveal was there. I was just so immersed in Aaron’s story that I wasn’t paying attention to the small things.
Aaron just broke my heart. He is one of those that can never catch a break – and no matter what he does, he can’t make everyone happy. Although I didn’t care for his friends in the beginning, because they are major (bad words here) I felt like I understood his connection to them. When you grow up with people, it’s difficult when you actually SEE them for who they are yet, you still have their back. Then there is Thomas; a friend who understands him and lets him be himself. Their friendship (and Genevieve) was one of the best things to happen to Aaron. Poor guy just wanted to be happy and be himself, and feeling like you CAN’T is one of the worst feelings in the world.
The message in More Happy Than Not is an obvious one – and I don’t want to delve too deep because it can contain some spoilers and one I feel you should experience for yourself. Just read it – with tissues of course – and see why Aaron’s story will stick with me for a long time. Highly recommend.
Tell Me Your Thoughts
- What Makes You #MoreHappyThanNot?
- If you could erase your memories, would you do it? Why or why not?
Tonyalee is an avid reader, gym junkie, coffee addicted workaholic and blogger. Be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram for random shenanigans.