Book Review: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

More Happy Than Not by Adam SilveraAuthor:  Adam Silvera

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Publisher: Soho Teen

Publication Date: June 2, 2015

293 pages, hardcover

Check out the full synopsis on Goodreads.

More Happy Than Not was one of my most-anticipated reads for the year, and I was not disappointed at all. It’s hard to review this one simply because it is one of those books you must read to experience. The synopsis doesn’t give much away, except this: The Leteo Institute has developed a procedure to alter and remove certain memories, and when Aaron (whose friends aren’t that great, whose mother is overworked and hardly ever there, whose brother is distant, and whose father committed suicide) meets Thomas and can think of no one but him, he decides to turn to Leteo to “straighten himself out” because being gay isn’t welcome where he lives. That’s not even half of the book though, but I honestly can’t tell you anything else without spoiling it or giving something away.

I can talk about Adam’s writing though, which is honest, heart-wrenching, sad, hopeful, and wonderful. Aaron’s voice is so well-done. Chapters can move from gut-wrenchingly sad to laugh-out-loud funny within a page, and it never once felt disjointed or stilted. I will say it was hard to connect with Aaron at first, mostly because he’s not really sure who he is, but I definitely wanted to keep reading. It’s practically impossible to not want to reach into the book and hug him, to want to be his best friend, to tell him to keep going, keep trying, keep living. He’s a brilliant character.

Remember how I said you can’t really talk about this book without giving anything away? Well, it’s true, because there are many twists and turns and surprises throughout this whole book. I never once knew what was going to happen next and I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see. My heart was broken and put back together and broken again. I cried and laughed and cried some more. This book is a rollercoaster in the best sense of the word.

More Happy Than Not is a book of self-discovery and acceptance. It’s about being okay with who you are and not caring what anyone else thinks of it. It’s also about heartbreak and pain and hope. A few quotes I especially liked:

“Sometimes you just have to push ahead to find what you’re looking for.” (Page 136)

“Sometimes pain is so unmanageable that the idea of spending another day with it seems impossible. Other times pain acts as a compass to help you get through the messier tunnels of growing up…” (Page 270)

The bottom line: There’s no way to summarize this book or how wonderful it is without simply saying, “Go read it.”

Rating: 8 – freaking fantastic

14 thoughts on “Book Review: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

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  2. Yes to this review! What a roller coaster ride MHTN is. I mean, Part Zero sucker punched me all the way! Interesting you should bring up the early parts you didn’t connect with Aaron because I instantly had the connection. I was rooting for him and Gen actually even though I know that he’ll be gay for Thomas. But then I also wanted him to be happy with Thomas. UGH.

    • Yes! This book sucker punches you several times. I think maybe because I knew he was going to fall in love with Thomas, his relationship with Gen was doomed so I didn’t connect. Like I said though, it didn’t bother me AT ALL. I still wanted to keep reading because I knew I was going to love it. And I did. 🙂

  3. Wonderful review! I have been meaning to read this book, ever since I first heard about it and did the tag that was based on it. Your review has me motivated to read this book even more. xoxo

  4. I just finished this last night and really enjoyed it! I also had a hard time getting into it because I didn’t connect with Aaron right away, but once I was hooked I couldn’t put it down.

    You’re right that it’s nearly impossible to talk about the book without spoiling it. I kept seeing statuses like “Wow, I totally didn’t see that coming” and I scoffed to myself. But HAH, JOKE’S ON ME, because I was not expecting what happened at all. 😀

    I appreciated that Adam Silvera didn’t sugarcoat anything, but I’m also a little confused about the ending and what happens with the rest of Aaron’s life. Is that just me?

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