More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

More Happy Than Not

Part Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, part Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Adam Silvera's extraordinary debut confronts race, class, and sexuality during one charged near-future summer in the Bronx. Sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto is struggling to find happiness after a family tragedy leaves him reeling. He's slowly remembering what happiness might feel like this summer with the support of his girlfriend Genevieve, but...

Details More Happy Than Not

TitleMore Happy Than Not
Release DateJun 2nd, 2015
PublisherSoho Teen
GenreYoung Adult, Lgbt, Contemporary, Fiction

Reviews More Happy Than Not

  • Kat O'Keeffe
    WOW. Halfway through this book I thought I had it all figured out. I WAS VERY VERY WRONG IN A VERY VERY GOOD WAY. This book was touching and thoughtful and man oh man, does it pack an emotional punch. Awesome debut, definitely recommended, and I'm looking forward to reading more by Adam Silvera in the future!
  • Lola
    POWERFUL. POIGNANT. INDISPENSABLE BOOK. Oh, damn, what a rollercoaster of emotions this was. Havoc in my heart. I wish I could say that it made me smile or laugh or dream, but that would be lying to you and myself. It is very unlikely that you will turn the last page and sigh, hand on your heart and stars in your eyes. You will very likely be clutching at your heart, in fear that it will break. In hindsight, I realize that I had no idea what I wa...
  • Emily May
    “This is still an ugly world.” I opened with that quote for a reason - while definitely entertaining, More Happy Than Not is a dark, sad book that deals with homophobia, depression and suicide. The quirky dialogue and nerdy references to comic books, Star Wars and action heroes are much needed to lighten up an otherwise very distressing novel.Personally, I do not think the promised big twist is particularly hard to guess if you've read the d...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    Wow. Wow wow wow.This book blew my mind.
  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
    4.5/5 stars!
  • Thomas
    Reading More Happy Than Not and witnessing the SCOTUS decision on gay marriage has made me a super emotional wreck this week, in the best way possible. This book may even tie Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe for my favorite YA book, and if anyone here has read my review of Saenz's story, you know that means high praise. So, without further ado, I give you:Five Reasons Why More Happy Than Not has Renewed My Faith in YA Fict...
  • Kai
    “The boy with no direction taught me something unforgettable: happiness comes again if you let it.”I've waited so so long (well, since this was released I guess) to read this. This was one of my most anticipated books of 2015 and it did not let me down.Adam Silvera seems to be a cool guy. I like the way he interacts with social media, I think he's quite funny and so is his writing style. Maybe not his novel(because yeah it is kind of sad) but...
  • Becky Albertalli
    THIS BOOK. I'm getting choked up just thinking about it. I'll avoid posting details for now, but suffice it to say that:1. Aaron's voice is pitch-perfect, and it's impossible to read this book without falling in love with him.2. It is full of surprises and twists and emotional highs and lows, to the point where putting the book down is almost physically painful.3. It will break your heart in the best possible way.Beautiful, beautiful book.
  • Pouting Always
    Aaron Soto through out the course of the book struggles with his sexuality and then tries to turn to a new procedure that will help him forget he is gay. The premise was really original and unique, I haven't read anything like this. I didn't see the twist that came half way coming at all and I got very emotionally involved in the story. The ending made me so sad I couldn't stop thinking about it for days, and it really stuck with me. I like the q...
  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
  • Brian Yahn
    Adam Silvera's writing immediately absorbed me into the life of Aaron Soto--a troubled youth anxious to lose his virginity. And making the obvious comparison of the Leteo Institute's memory procedure to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, I was definitely intrigued to see where the story would go, especially since I was enjoying the prose so much. The realness of it swept me away like The Catcher in the Rye. There was something kind of immatur...
  • Maureen
    Well EVERYONE WAS RIGHT ABOUT THIS BOOK BEING EMOTIONAL IT IS FINE I AM FINE.I really REALLY liked this book and it is SO SO important and so great and just GAH.It wasn't perfect, but the story was so compelling and the characters were so great and just EVERYTHING.In the first half of the book it seems like things are happening really fast and the character development, especially in relationships, feels a little rushed, but then the middle of th...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    This book was just really sad, at least to me. All of the things Aaron went through is just too much. No one should ever have to go through that kind of stuff. And the Leteo Institute, I have no words.
  • Julio Genao
    you won't admit you love me.this will not be a useful review of this book, and i'm sorry.i just... never did figure out how to sort out my feelings another way.__________i need a minuteneed a minute and a minute and a minute moreheart pounds and my throat's so tightmemories aren't my friends tonight__________falling in love for the first time was like sliding down a bannister. maybe you know what i mean. a bannister like the ones you see in a pub...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    3.5 starsI have mixed feelings. The downfall is that I really really really wanted to like this book, but I'm just not a huge fan of books that require the suspension of disbelief, mostly in books like this contemporary/sci-fi hybrid. The whole sci-fi aspect was really thought-provoking, but I don't think it was developed well enough to be impactful as an element in the story. So even though the majority of the book is rooted in reality, there wa...
  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
    2.5*This book just wasn't really my cup of tea. I don't think it was bad, I think the writing was good, the message was good, and everything else was good, but it's just not really my kind of book unfortunately.
  • Bangadybangz
    Really enjoyed this one, because a) I read it in the Caribbean, and b) its a very engaging story with likable (and despicable) characters and a genuinely shocking twist. Definitely recommend, especially if you're looking for good LGBTQ oriented books
  • Lauren
    A few days ago my good friend, and talented author, Adam Silvera posted this piece on his blog: Happiness Isn’t Just an Outside Thing. The blog post talks mainly about depression, which Adam has grappled with for some time now, and is a beautiful meditation on the failure of external validation to satisfy the holes that truly need filling. I’m so proud of him for sharing his hard journey with all his readers with the same incisive honesty tha...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: "It's okay how some stories leave off without an ending. Life doesn't always deliver the one you would expect." Holy book slump, Batman! I was on a tear through 2 and 3 Star books when More Happy Than Not finally queued up at the library. Then Larry told me I had to love it or we could no longer be friends, but I had to go watch my kids lose 427 baseball games first so I left the book ...
  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    Oh, boy. I won't.More Happy Than Not didn't turn out to be what I expected, and let me tell you, it was so much better than I thought it would be. Messed-up when you think about it, this containing one of my biggest pet peeve make it plural : several of my biggest pet peeves - nah, I won't tell which ones, I can be annoying like that. But let's start at the beginning, shall we? There are books that make you feel like a voyeur, as the characters s...
  • jessica
    who hurt you, adam silvera????!?!?i seem to have found myself unintentionally reading silveras bibliography in reverse chronological order and his books just kept getting sadder and sadder. but there is something in that sadness he creates. something living. something real. its something that makes you realise that heartbreak is good because it means youre alive. and you begin to learn that positives can come from the negatives, that pain doesnt ...
  • Jessica
    Wow! Read this in under 24 hours and it blew me away. Definitely surprised me, and I loved how raw and real this felt. Amazing, memorable characters... I really don't even know what to say. I really enjoyed this and would love to read more by this author in the future!
  • Kenchiin
    I think I need a hug.
  • Elyse
    Audiobook: Other than......some of the characters had strange names: Me Crazy, Baby Freddie, Skinny Dave, Fat Dave, and our main character, Aaron gets the nickname of Stretch....Plus......there are a lot of nutty games being played: "Manhunt 1 2 3, Manhunt 1 2 3, Manhunt 1 2 3", ...a shark game, 'don't touch green' game, ... plus handball, bikes, rollerblades, fights and fireworks, and tons of swearing....Add.....booze, pot, birthdays, horoscope ...
  • Anastasia
    5/5 stars Trigger Warning: self harm and depression Sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto is struggling to find happiness after a family tragedy leaves him reeling. He's slowly remembering what happiness might feel like this summer with the support of his girlfriend Genevieve, but it's his new best friend, Thomas, who really gets Aaron to open up about his past and confront his future. As Thomas and Aaron get closer, Aaron discovers things about himself...
  • Grace (BURTSBOOKS)
    3.5 stars Hi, so this is gonna be a mess because that’s what happens when you put off writing reviews for over two months but please bear with me. More Happy Than Not follows 16-year-old Aaron attempting to fit himself back into his life with his friends, family and girlfriend after attempting to commit suicide. I want to start off this review by saying I love Adam Silvera with all my heart and he is the king of “almost contemporary but not e...
  • Theresa
    UPDATE: I had originally given "More Happy Than Not" by Adam Silvera 4 stars but compared to all the various YA novels I've read in the last year, I'm going to go ahead and bump my rating to 5 stars. This novel is so unique. I can't get it out of my head. Heartbreaking to the max! Ugh. Original review below:Whew! This book was intense! I liked it but I didn't love it. I thought some of the dialogue seemed forced, and the first 150 pages were too ...
  • Warda
    [3.5 ⭐] I'm conflicted as to how I feel about this book. On one hand, it was extremely depressing to read about the general struggles the main character faced whilst also coming to terms with his sexuality and to see how disgusting homophobia is. I think Silvera did a great job in delving into the aspect of how difficult it can be to come out and the possible, unfortunate consequences that come alongside it. On the other hand, it took a good wh...
  • Clau R.
    I don't know what to think about this book. I just know it broke me. And that it is definitely NOT more happy than not. It is more like "More depressing than not". Ugh, I ended up so distraught :(.I kind of liked it, but I could never really connect with the characters, although I really liked a bunch of them (Aaron, Gen, Aaron's mom, Eric, Evangeline and Thomas, specially Thomas). I didn't care about them as much as I feel I should, and I was su...