Imagine Us Happy by Jennifer Yu

Imagine Us Happy

Some love stories aren't meant to last. Stella lives with depression, and her goals for junior year are pretty much limited to surviving her classes, staying out of her parents’ constant fights and staving off unwanted feelings enough to hang out with her friends Lin and Katie.Until Kevin. A quiet, wry senior who understands Stella and the lows she’s going through like no one else. With him, she feels less lonely, listened to—and hopeful fo...

Details Imagine Us Happy

TitleImagine Us Happy
Release DateOct 23rd, 2018
PublisherHarlequin Teen
GenreContemporary, Health, Mental Health, Young Adult, Mental Illness

Reviews Imagine Us Happy

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    It doesn’t feel like I could ever be that off the rails again, even though I’m sure that’s how I felt before everything started going to shit the first time around. I have not emotionally connected to a book this much in… so long. I hate this and love this. Some of you might know that I am really, really into books about 1) depression, and 2) toxic parental relationships, and 3) toxic romantic relationships. This… hit me hard in all th...
  • TL
    I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own.---Trigger warnings (view spoiler)[talk about toxic relationships, mental health issues, self harm mentioned (hide spoiler)]Well,this was... something.Sounds bad? Good? In-between really. and not. Was this a good novel? YesPerfect? noDid I enjoy myself? Yes.Did I want to shake and sometimes give people a good swift kick? Definitely.Could I see thi...
  • Jessica
    3.5 stars rounded up. I like that it blew up the trope of two people with mental illness being able to "save" each other, but the story was a little slow. More to come.
  • liz
    I received this book from a goodread’s giveaway and I have to say I loved this book. It touched on different issues like toxic relationships, mental health, and the importance of friendship. The story made me laugh, cry, and scream because I became so frustrated. I could relate to the main character so much it was kind of heart-rending but also made me feel... not alone? Anyways, five stars.
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    In the very beginning of this book, we are told that she doesn't "want to disappoint anyone in search of a happy ending," and she wasn't kidding. This was a toxic love story, and a subtle caveat of how quickly something seemingly beautiful can unravel.• Pro: What stood out for me was how well Yu conveyed the depth of the characters emotions. I really felt the joy and happiness one associates with first love, and how all consuming it can be, as ...
  • Cabell Edmunds
    I liked that this book talked about the tough subjects in teenage life right now, such as mental health, self harm, and relationships, but it was a struggle for me to get through this book. It felt very slow at times. I also didn’t like how it jumped around past, present and future. If you weren’t paying attention to the chapter titles you wouldn’t really realize it!
  • Jada
    *I received this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway*Imagine writing a journal, putting it away for a year, then coming back, ripping out all the pages and making a story with the painful ending as the beginning. There's something unique about the characters in this book. Well, this book is pretty unique in itself. You'd think Stella is a pretty unreliable narrator because she has depression, and while she is with regards to her own facets of li...
  • Heather
    Really realistic and gritty and sad and funny. Really enjoyed this book
  • Karen Reed
    Wow. Do not read this and expect to sleep after. This book is intense. I've read many YA books dealing with mental health and this one sticks out as a harder one to read but also a really important , realistic one. Stella, the MC and narrator is in her junior year and has been dealing with depression and her parents constant fighting. She has 2 best friends and thinks that's all she needs. Until she meets Kevin. Kevin is a quiet, analytical boy, ...
  • Susie
    This is one of the most intense reads I have had in quite some time. One of the lead characters is super intense on his own, but the whole experience of this title was just edgy and intense from moment one! I really enjoyed the experience of the protagonist...who is NOT strong or particularly resilient to begin with but finds a way to be just that as time goes on. It's heartbreaking but very real and I think my students will devour it! ☺
  • Kimberly (kimberly_reads)
    I received an arc for Imagine Us Happy from NetGalley and Harlequin TEEN in exchange for a honest review. Thank you so much!I have a full review you can read on my blog here: are my initial thoughts after I finished reading this book:I really enjoyed seeing Stella’s growth as a character and found the format in which her story was told very interesting. All of the characters were very well written an...
  • Sophia Alexis Books
    4 Stars, RTC 6/3/18
  • Michelle
    My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog! Thank you to Harlequin Teen for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review.Stella is a girl in a tough situation between her parents and her depression. Although the author doesn't talk about her feelings on her condition as often as I hoped, it's clear she doesn't have the proper coping mechanisms to deal with what's happening in her head. She hasn't taken the wheel and learned ...
  • Joanna Zbozień
    I don't know how I feel about this book.On one hand I liked that it had mental health representation and how difficult it is to handle, especially when you think you're ok again. I also liked how real the abusive relationship was BUT I also hated the relationship and the characters.I know that people like this exist and these things actually happen but god did I hate Stella and Kevin. Stella abandoned her friends for a guy she knew for a few mont...
  • Laura ( Latteandbooks )
    Before I get into my review this book has some trigger warnings, there’s talk about toxic relationships, mental health. If you are triggered by any of that then do not read forward.Stella has depression and to see her POV in the story was defiantly unique. Stella is relatable. I think a lot of teens will connect to her story.This book does tackle some serious issues that a lot of teens are experiencing now its relevant and up to date and I thin...
  • Bookworm LLC
    I wanted to give this book 4**** but just felt there was too much jumping around from past to present.Ms. Yu did a good job capturing what kids and even adults go through with depression and cutting. This is a big deal with our teen population and it needs to be written about and explained to our young people that this "stigma" is not something to take your life over, that there is help out there. Parents especially need to pay closer attention t...
  • Kookie9200
    Thank you to Goodreads and the publisher for allowing me to review this book. I loved it. I found Stella to be a very relatable character. Her narrative resonates not just with teens and young adults, but adults as well. As someone that was in a very volatile relationship, I really connected with Stella. I loved the interesting jump between chapters, and I had never seen that done before. Not only was it super creative, it worked incredibly well ...
  • Jenn
    Read via a NetGalley ARCI liked how this handled some sensitive topics, including mental health, but wasn't entirely _about_ those.The jumping around between past/present was a little confusing as there were no indicators at the start of each chapter. I mean, you could figure it out, but something would have been useful!Anyway, this was delightful!
  • Lydia
    I really enjoyed this book. Most all of the characters are going through something, and I love how the author gives them such accurate voices.
  • Heatherly Hardin
    This well-written and timely novel will resonate with teens. Yu effectively captures the nuances of teenage personalities and relationships in an authentic and meaningful way.