Title: More Happy Than Not
Author: Adam Silvera
Edition: Trade paperback
Publication: Soho Teen
Pages: 300 pages
Category: Young Adult, Contemporary
In his twisty, gritty, profoundly moving New York Timesbestselling-debut—also called “mandatory reading” and selected as an Editors’ Choice by the New York Times—Adam Silvera brings to life a charged, dangerous near-future summer in the Bronx.
In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again—but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.
When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.
Why does happiness have to be so hard?
LIKENESS SCALE:❤❤❤❤ ( 4.5 hearts and more)
WHAT’S THIS ABOUT?
More happy than not is a story about Aaron who tries to look for happiness in a different way. He is a special person, but because of circumstances things just did not turn out the way they seemed to be. It is a story where different kinds of love are tackled. Also, it could remind us that there are no shortcuts when it comes to facing our fears and the feeling of grief. Sometimes we can choose to be happy than just going with the flow. I believe that this story is about realizing that life is always a cycle where there would be problems but at the end of the day their would still be a better tomorrow to look forward too. And also that we would always have the freedom of choice to choose which path we could take for a happier life.
WHAT DID I NOTICE?
The books cover is very nice. I think it is based on the pride colors. Its like splattered paint in rainbow colors. The characters were well rounded. I liked Aaron even if he was emotionally weak. However, no one can judge him because hating yourself is the worst hate that you could receive. A lot of issues are being discussed in the story. This issues are hate crimes involving gays or homosexuals. Another is the issue of using technology to try and forget sad memories. Sometimes technology gives us an easy way out to not solve our problems. Also, the story reminds me that in everything that we do we have a choice and we should be responsible what ever the outcome of our decisions. I like this book because it did not shy away from sensitive issues which some don’t like to acknowledge.
WHAT SURPRISED ME?
I was really surprised at the plot twist. Yes, their is a plot twist. However, what made my emotional roller coaster ride perfect was the ending. I was not expecting it. I was happy that every thing got settled but why end it that way? I know I am a drama queen but somehow the ending really made me ugly cry and I was not expecting to cry.
WHAT CONFUSED ME?
I was confused with the Leteo company. Was it a private entity? Somehow, Leteo was indirectly the source of all the problems.
WHAT LIFE LESSONS DID I LEARN?
I learned that I could choose to be happy everyday, despite the small or big problems I face everyday. Aaron taught me that some people would rather not face their problems head on. This are the people who need someone to listen and understand them. Thomas taught me that people could only be kind because they are just kind. It is best not to assume otherwise unless they tell you their feelings. Genevieve taught me that sometimes it is best to not force something which was not meant to be. The Leteo procedure taught me that when facing grief it is best to face it slowly, a fast cure would not help me because pain makes us learn which would result to a better version of myself. NO PAIN NO GAIN.
HOW WILL THIS HELP ME TO BE BETTER?
This book reminded me that to be a better person I should take risks. Also, I have a choice to make a better future. I choose to love the body, character and blessings which God has given me. It also has reminded me that if today is a bad day, there is still a better tomorrow. Somehow, it is best to choose things for happiness and that I may not be the main character who falls in love but I could be the happiest character in my story because I learned to accept and love myself. I was also reminded that some people need help to love themselves. They should be reminded that being real to yourself is the first step in loving yourself.
I love this book. It is the first novel I read from Adam Silvera and I really like it very much. A lot could be learned from this book. I could reread it and learn something new again. The emotion of the book was over whelming. I really ugly cried by the end of the book. It was really an emotional roller coaster ride with lots of learnings. I gave this book a 4.5 hearts rating because I love the writing style of the author. Also, the characters were all relatable. It was realistic and the issues in the book are up to date. I sympathize with Aaron’s emotional distress. Being not true to yourself is the hardest thing you could do to yourself. Also the guilt of someone’s death is the worst. I also believe that we get to choose how to live and that someone does guide us even if we don’t realize it. To end this, loving myself and accepting my flaws are the best gifts I could give myself.
“The boy with no direction taught me something unforgettable: happiness comes again if you let it.”
― Adam Silvera,
“I’ve become this happiness scavenger who picks away at the ugliness of the world, because if there’s happiness tucked away in my tragedies, I’ll find it no matter what. If the blind can find joy in music, and the deaf can discover it with colors, I will do my best to always find the sun in the darkness because my life isn’t one sad ending—it’s a series of endless happy beginnings.”
― Adam Silvera,
I’m more happy than not.
“Don’t forget me.”
― Adam Silvera,
“It’s okay how some stories leave off without an ending. Life doesn’t always deliver the one you would expect.”
― Adam Silvera,
― Adam Silvera,