I received an e-ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss.
Title: More Happy Than Not
Author: Adam Silvera
Publisher: Soho Teen
Publication Date: June 2, 2015
Summary (from Goodreads): “A brilliantly conceived page-turner.” -Kirkus Reviews, starred review.
“Vividly written and intricately plotted.”-Publishers Weekly, starred review.
The Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-relief procedure seems too good to be true to Aaron Soto — miracle cure-alls don’t tend to pop up in the Bronx projects. But Aaron can’t forget how he’s grown up poor or how his friends aren’t always there for him. Like after his father committed suicide in their one bedroom apartment. Aaron has the support of his patient girlfriend, if not necessarily his distant brother and overworked mother, but it’s not enough.Then Thomas shows up. He has a sweet movie-watching setup on his roof, and he doesn’t mind Aaron’s obsession with a popular fantasy series. There are nicknames, inside jokes. Most importantly, Thomas doesn’t mind talking about Aaron’s past. But Aaron’s newfound happiness isn’t welcome on his block. Since he’s can’t stay away from Thomas or suddenly stop being gay, Aaron must turn to Leteo to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he is.
Adam Silvera’s extraordinary debut novel offers a unique confrontation of race, class and sexuality during one charged near-future summer in the Bronx.
“[A]n engrossing, intense narrative.”-School Library Journal, starred review.
“Thought provoking and imaginative.”-Booklist, starred review.
I have wanted to read Adam Silvera’s More Happy Than Not for quite some time. I was thrilled and honoured to be given the opportunity to read and review it! This debut novel is strkingly well written. It also contains a realistic main character and plenty of diversity. Prepare to have your mind blown and be left in awe. More Happy Than Not is definitely one of the best books of 2015!
This beautifully written novel will draw you in, engage you and then leave you breathless! More Happy Than Not is definitely a book that deals with some tough and depressing situations. However, it is so uplifting that readers will feel vindicated. The plot of the book is so unexpected and full of twists. Adam Silvera’s writing style is so incredible that this book will be near impossible to put down.
Aaron, the protagonist is one of those characters that you instantly fall in love with. Silvera has portrayed Aaron so realistically. Aaron deals with so many heartbreaking things that no one should ever have to go through. He also has a few flaws that make him absolutely relatable. In addition, Aaron has an excellent voice, making him the perfect narrator for More Happy Than Not.
The diversity in More Happy Than Not blew me away. Not only is Aaron dealing with the fact that he is gay, but his family is struggling financially. There are definitely quite a few books these days in the LGBTQ genre, but none that I am aware of that address the issue of poverty. I found this to be a very profound and eye-opening piece to the story. Books that teach and explore different lifestyles are so important and refreshing.
I recommend this book to absolutely everyone. It is so well-written and has such an incredible message. If you enjoyed Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, you will definitely enjoy More Happy Than Not.