More Happy Than Not // Book Review

Title: More Happy Than Not

Author: Adam Silvera // website // twitter // tumblr

Pub: June 2015

Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Aaron Soto is trying his best to be happy. After his father’s suicide, he attempts to reaffirm his own happiness and well-being, but his smile-shaped scar on his wrist counteracts his emotions and his memories. He attaches himself to his girlfriend, but when she leaves for a few weeks and he befriends a neighborhood boy, what he thought made him happy isn’t as true as he thought.

When I first started reading the book, I couldn’t get a feel for it. I set it aside and didn’t come back to it until about a month later, in which I devoured it about two days (I tried to look for a less menacing word like ‘devoured’, but I couldn’t).

I’ll be honest, at times it felt as if the story lagged, but a really great feature of this book is the characterization of Aaron himself. The description of the characters and their actions makes the story fluid.

Aaron is a total nerd. Silvera didn’t have to tell me that. He showed me through Aaron’s likes, dislikes, actions, and the people he hung out with.

The actual story-telling is unique and really makes the book stand out. I commend Silvera for his take on a coming-of-age-esque story mixed in with science fiction amidst contemporary issues.

More Happy Than Not is a story about a boy who is learning to accept himself. It may not be my favorite read of the last year, but it is definitely one worth recommending.

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Aaron Soto’s father has committed suicide and is trying to sort out his own personal emotions with those of budding feelings for a new friend.

Links (including affiliate links): Goodreads // Barnes and Noble // Book Depository // Amazon


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