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!
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