In his twisty, gritty, profoundly moving debut—called “mandatory reading” 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 16-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?
More Happy Than Not takes us through so many relatable situations that I’m not sure where to begin. I was honestly a little disappointed with the first few chapters of this. It started off pretty slow and the main character, Aaron, lacked a lot of depth. I didn’t feel like I really knew much about him at all.
Then the world shifted on its axis and I found myself able to relate to Aaron on levels I never realized existed for me before. In ways I’m not quite entirely ready to discuss publicly. Especially since my mother occasionally pops into my blog. My heart broke over and over again as Aaron was dealt one blow after another.
The world is described just enough that I was able to enter it, giving just enough details for a partial immersion. Where this novel really shines is the characters, who come off the page in a way that makes them seem so real. It’s almost as though Silvera painted them onto the page one layer at a time.
I finished most of this book in a single day. I would have finished the whole thing in a day were it not for the interference of real life (Boo!). I found myself relating to Aaron and his story in ways I wasn’t ready for. There are a few other twists and turns that I didn’t see coming that make the story so tragically beautiful. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading a good deal more from Adam Silvera.
Don’t just take my word for it. Order BOOK from Barnes & Noble in the US or your locally owned bookstore and enjoy it for yourself! Sorry to my friends in the UK but Waterstones online doesn’t have this one that I can see.
For more information about Adam Silvera and his work, please visit his website.
Have you read More Happy Than Not? What did you think of it? What books would you recommend to someone who enjoyed this book?