Book Review: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
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Last night, I finished reading More Happy Than Not, and the first thing I did this morning was writing this review.
Wow! I'm still shocked by this book. I decided to read it because the author will release a Deluxe Edition next September 8! (Find it here)
In Adam Silvera's impressive debut, More Happy Than Not, follows the life of Puerto Rican Aaron Soto, a sixteen-year-old guy who finds his dad lying in the bathtub dead. After this traumatic event, it seems like he can't find happiness anywhere. His girlfriend Genevieve and his mother, try to support him after the family tragedy.
But it's until he meets Thomas, a new guy in the neighborhood, when Aaron starts to remember what happiness feels like. As their friendship grows, Aaron can't deny what he feels for this new friend, so he decides to open up about those feelings.
As he navigates Bronx neighborhood, his family, and his straight friends, Aaron soon discovers that some people are willing to judge him, and it won't be easy to be who he really is. Because of this, he considers the Leteo Institute procedure as an option, which is a memory-altering procedure that will straighten him out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.
More Happy Than Not is a story about sexuality, homophobia, depression, and suicide told from the perspective of an endearing character. I felt very connected with Aaron. And, by the end of the book, I found myself weeping. The way Adam writes it is simply beautiful. Raw and sad most of the time, but also beautiful.
This book is written in such a realistic and beautiful way that sticks in your mind even after finishing it. I give it five stars!
What other books by Adam, besides "More Happy Than Not" and "What If It's Us," do you recommend me?
Publication details: 336 pp; Soho Teen; Reprint edition (April 26, 2016)
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