Hey guys! Today I will be reviewing More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. This is my favorite book that I have read in 2017 so far, so I hope that you guys will all get the chance to check it out!
Hardcover page count: 304
My rating: 5/5
More Happy Than Not is the emotional and heartwarming debut novel by Adam Silvera. It tells the story of a boy named Aaron who has been having a pretty hard time since his father committed suicide a few months earlier. But even though he is having a hard time, he can still endure it, thanks to his girlfriend Genevieve. But when Genevieve leaves to go to art camp for a few weeks, Aaron begins to hang out with a new guy, Thomas. And while he can’t deny the happiness that this is bringing him, he also can’t deny the sadness. Now, Aaron is faced with going as is or taking the Leteo Institute’s newest memory altering procedure. But if he does do that, would that lead to him forget who he is?
I first heard of this book when it originally came out, just about two years ago, and thought “Meh, maybe I’ll get around to reading that one day”. Little did I know that I should have read it RIGHT AWAY. This book is what I find to be one of the toughest emotional journeys that I ever faced reading a book.
For one, the author uses things that you would never expect to care about. He gave us at least three or four paragraph long descriptions of games played by the characters. Who knew that you ever need to know about some fictional game? And who knew that you would actually want to play those games one day? We also get great descriptions of the setting, which makes you feel like you are really there. Oh, and the main character also apparently started his own comic book that sounds so good I wish it was real.
Another thing that I enjoyed about the book was the characters. All of the characters had their own unique personality, and do things you would never expect from them. Most people, when faced with some of the stuff that happened in the book, would sometimes react very negatively and lash out, but they instead accepted it as fact (you’ll know who I’m talking about once you read the book).
When reading the book, you might come to think “I wonder why people say it’s super emotional? This doesn’t seem that bad”. And it might be natural to think that when reading the first half of the book, where the main character seems just on top of things, if not slowly sinking. But then this one paragraph comes along and BAM second half of the book. Now, this is where the tears come into play. When you read it, you will notice the first chapter of the second part is really where the confusion turns into tears. You might cry. I’m betting that you will cry at least once after the second part. I don’t usually cry when reading books but damn, I felt tears coming (then didn’t but they were pretty close). I can’t describe how amazing the ending of this book is without spoiling the ending, so I’m just going to say that you should definitely check it out.
And finally, my favorite part of the book is the ending. Because even though the ending is a (bit) depressing, he still is happier than before. (And the title wraps into the book perfectly *queue tears*).
I hope that you guys get to check out this book! I recommend this for anyone who likes LGBT books or are just looking for a really emotional read. It really is an amazing book and it is my favorite book of 2017 so far. It is really worth checking out, and you guys definitely won’t regret it. Honestly, the only thing that I regret (besides waiting so long to read it), is the fact that now every other book I read feels really bad (I’ve had to put down two books so far because they were too bad).
Let me know in the comments below what book you guys would like me to read next! Until next time!
Hey guys! Today I will be reviewing Nemesis by Brendan Reichs! I hope you enjoy!
Release date: March 21st 2017
Hardcover page count: 464
My rating: 3/5
Nemesis tells the story of two teens, Min and Noah. During the past few years, Min has been killed several times. And she has stayed living. Noah too, suffers in a similar way, as he receives horrific nightmares of a murderous man in a black suit who kills him. Always on even number years, both teens have experienced horrific experiences, yet keep it to themselves. But the times are changing. A giant asteroid may or may not soon destroy their planet. Huge earthquakes have been hitting cities, triggering volcanos and tsunamis. So, what do all these things have in common? Soon, both teens will have to band together to discover the secrets behind their horrific murders, and find out what the mysterious government group – Project Nemesis – has to do with all this. This book started out pretty good, the characters in the book very were interesting and were well defined. One of the main characters, Noah, is different from your usually rich-kid character, and is very shy. Min, while living in a small trailer, still enjoys her life and doesn’t care about what others think. I liked that when they first met, they were reluctant and not so trusting of each other, which is different from those books when they fall into each other’s arms so quickly.
The plot was also very intriguing, and made you wonder what was going on. It was full of mystery, and made you feel unsure about what would happen next. I really liked how the further you went into the book, the more complex the mystery became, making you want to read until 2am to figure it out. The reason why I am giving this book a 3/5 stars rating is simple, the ending. I started this book out hoping for a cool sci-fi mystery with a surprising ending. I was obsessed with this book and read it within a few hours. But then it began. The last twenty pages of the book, where all is revealed and you gasp in shock. I was so excited to finally figure out the mystery of Project Nemesis. But then I read it. And I immediately thought “Really?”. It’s not that the ending was bad; it’s just that it feels like it has been done before, and is a huge let down to the rest of the book. And this one character does something that I feel has completely been done before, and just is a bit sad, honestly. But despite the ending, I would still give it an alright rating because it was a pretty entertaining book while it lasted, and still made me think and wonder about things that I haven’t before. I would recommend this book to any sci-fi or mystery lovers, looking for their newest thriller. And who knows, maybe you’ll like the ending a lot more than I did. Let me know what you think in to comments! And if you got to read this book, what do you think of the ending?
Until next time,
Original review posted on: http://teenreaderscouncil.blogspot.com/2017/03/review-nemesis.html
Hey guys! Today, in my conclusion of my retelling review series, I will be reviewing Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Release date: March 7, 2017
Hardcover page count: 320
My rating: 5/5 stars
Geekerella tells the story of Elle, a young fangirl who’s obsessed with Starfield, a Star Trek like show filled with romance and adventure. Although she doesn’t like the choice for the main actor in the reboot, she still hopes to win ExcelsiCon’s costume contest so she can meet him… get the tickets to L.A so she can finally get away from her stepmother and step sisters. Meanwhile, Darien is the new main actor for Starfield, and while it is his dream role; he is written off as just a teenage heartthrob with no respect for the fandom. Now having to go judge a costume contest at ExcelsiCon, the place he used to love before he was famous, he begins to feel more like a fake, until he meets a girl who makes him think otherwise. I honestly picked this book up expecting it to be horrible. But surprisingly, it wasn’t. I loved it’s developed characters and jokes, and how it very much was a Cinderella story, yet wasn’t. I also loved how it had the true essence of a fandom book, which will make all fandom obsessed readers relate It is very much one of those books that is super cheesy, yet addictive. And while it is just one of those feel-good books that you finish in a day, the characters and overall essence will stick with you.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick and fun read to brighten up their day. And even if you are not in a fandom, you’ll wish you were after reading this.
I hope that you guys enjoyed this review! This will be the end of my retelling review series, but that doesn't mean I will stop reviewing all retellings. Let me know what you think down in the comments below!
Original review posted on: http://teenreaderscouncil.blogspot.com/2017/04/review-geekerella.html
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