Review: ‘More Happy Than Not’ by Adam Silvera

Review: ‘More Happy Than Not’ by Adam SilveraMore Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Published by Soho Press on June 2nd, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, LGBT, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 294
Format: eARC
Source: borrowed from the library
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?

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I heard nothing but praise about More Happy Than Not and I also knew the author from Twitter since he’s also a Shelf Awareness reviewer. The pull that made me want this book in my hands was the mere fact that it was pitched as the LGBT YA version of the movie The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Now if that doesn’t make you want to pick up the book then here’s hoping my review will.

Aaron is trying to move on from the death of his father. Being with his girlfriend makes things better. Until his new found friend Thomas comes into his life. He realizes his own kind is hiding secrets and he wants nothing but to find out the truth.

Aaron goes through so many ups and downs, that all I wanted to do was give him a hug. He does not have an easy life. Most of the characters in this book don’t, but they’re all there trying to get by. I loved how raw and real Aaron’s feelings were. Even when he doesn’t realize it himself. It’s like he brings you on this journey of self-discovery and you’re along for the majority of it. He’s easily one of the memorable characters I have ever read. As for the other characters..I felt so bad for Genevieve when she really does love him. But the thing is she wants him to be happy and the way she supports him was just so kind and noble. Collin who is too scared but I understood his reasons. Brendan his “friend” whom I pretty much disliked the entire time.. All the characters brought a wonderfully developed plot to the spotlight.

I didn’t want this to end! What a wonderfully moving story. I’m sure this will bring you not only tears of sadness, butt tears of joy. I enjoyed every minute of it and I’m excited to see what else Mr. Silvera has in store.


I have to push ahead with the people who don’t take the easy way out, who love me enough to stay alive even when life sucks.
It’s not like my heart is in running or anything like that, but at least I learned that you can’t always choose who you’re going to be.
Some friendships can never be as simple as sharing.
Just because you can afford something doesn’t mean you have to have it.
Sometimes your story is worth reading about because your life sucks.
Sometimes you just have to push ahead to find what you’re looking for.
The best liars are the ones who fool you by claiming they never lie at all.
When someone makes you happy, it’s pretty impossible to cage the excitement.
I want to be so happy that bad memories aren’t following me around like unwanted shadows.
I never chose anything. I just was. I just am.
Sometimes pain is so unimaginable that the idea of spending another day with it seems impossible.
It’s ok how some stories leave off without an ending. Life doesn’t always deliver the one you would expect.
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.

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1 Comment

  1. Kristie

    November 30, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    This was such a beautiful, emotional book. I’d be lying in saying I didn’t cry when reading this.

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