If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann

If It Makes You Happy

High school finally behind her, Winnie is all set to attend college in the fall. But first she's spending her summer days working at her granny’s diner and begins spending her midnights with Dallas—the boy she loves to hate and hates that she likes. Winnie lives in Misty Haven, a small town where secrets are impossible to keep—like when Winnie allegedly snaps on Dr. Skinner, which results in everyone feeling compelled to give her weight los...

Details If It Makes You Happy

TitleIf It Makes You Happy
Release DateJun 4th, 2019
PublisherSwoon Reads
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, LGBT, Romance

Reviews If It Makes You Happy

  • Lola
    3.5 stars. Having adored LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE from the same author, I absolutely needed to read this book. But now that I have, it’s hard to believe that the two were written by the same person.For starters, this story is told from the first person POV, whereas Alice’s story was in the third person. That was a very good surprise, because Winnie’s voice is so strong. It was wonderful to be able to hear everything she was thinking directly...
  • Erin
    Buzzword A ThonThank you Swoon Reads & Claire Kann for sending me this ARC!This book just wasn't for me, which is a shame because I was super excited to read this. From pretty much the first chapter I wasn't feeling it. I didn't like Winnie the main character, she's just insufferable and I couldn't wait to be out of her life. Kara her "ungirlfriend" which WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT! was awful. I didn't understand what Winnie & Kara's relationship was ...
  • Rec-It Rachel
    Wow this was super cathartic to read with all of the ways that Winnie displays the frustration of how the world treats you when you're fat holy guacamole
  • The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
    I was super psyched about this book because I absolutely LOVED Let's Talk About Love. I was super psyched over the cover which is all kinds of #BlackGirlMagic feels!!! A fat Black girl with a huge smile, braids and a look that has zero fucks to give in regards to how other people want to define her? Honey, I'm here for it!To be honest, this book felt disjointed to me. Winnie, the heroine, was all over the place. Despite the title, it seemed that ...
  • Bri
    ~3.5 stars~Claire Kann’s second novel was relatable to me in many ways. I appreciated Winnie’s struggle for acceptance from her family and people around her. To be a Black, queer fat woman is to be subjected to endless microagressions and silencing tactics all the time. Especially within Black families, when elders think they’re right because they’re older. The strife between Winnie and her Granny resonated so hard, as I had a similar rel...
  • Kathy
    Open, honest conversations about feelings, cutting out people who are bad for you, and a queerplatonic relationship?! Thank you.
  • Ashley
    this was so much fuuuun and so goooood pls read it now.Thank you to Swoonreads & Edelweiss for this review copy!
  • Janani
    Tender and relatable on so many levels. I love the subtleties of this book. Just ace peeps being ace and living their lives without turning this book into an educational primer on the ace spectrum. I appreciated the storyline with the grandmother. Family dynamics are hard, and it's so important to learn to draw your boundaries and be your own person, and that's okay. I'm so glad teens get an opportunity to see that with this book.
  • Anniek
    Actual rating: 2.5I feel pretty conflicted about this book, and I'm so sad about that. I loved Let's Talk About Love, as it was one of the first books where I saw asexuality represented, so I had really high hopes for this one. And I really loved the first part of the book, which was very promising, but then it all sort of went downhill for me.The good:- The main character, Winnie. She's truly amazing: a well-rounded, flawed and very interesting ...
  • USOM
    (Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)If you weren't convinced that Kann has a knack for characters, then If It Makes You Happy will certainly convince you. Winnie has a big heart, does things for the right reasons (if they aren't the best course of action), and is one of those characters you instantly like. Whether Winnie's dedication to her family, her own personal growth...
  • Brittany
    Special thanks to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC and the opportunity to read and review this book before its release date. This, however, does not reflect the opinions in my review. If It Makes You Happy is my first introduction to Claire Kann and, overall, it was everything one could want in an enjoyable, summery contemporary read. Misty Haven and Goldeen’s practically jumped off the page and Kann did a great job of really capturing t...
  • Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
    Full Review on The Candid CoverAny book about diners and cooking competitions is an instant win for me, so I was very excited when I learned about If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann. The book is not just about the diner, however, as it touches on serious topics as the main character is crowned the summer queen. I enjoyed the influential message the novel has to offer along with the main character who is unapologetically herself. This is a quiet...
  • N (they/them)
    4 stars TW: nstitutionalized fatphobia, casual fatphobia, discussions of fatphobia, casual arophobic comments, discussions of homophobia, gaslighting, character being kicked out of the home repeatedlyRep: Black fat queer girl MC, asthmatic Black boy SC, mostly POC cast The Writing The writing wasn't anything to write home about (take a shot every time a reviewer uses this pun). But, to be honest, I really remember -2 things about the writing in t...
  • Mehsi
    I received this book from the publisher/tour host in exchange of an honest review.It is time for summer, and that means that Winnie is all eager to visit Misty Haven where her grandma lives and has a diner called Goldeen (yes, the Pokemon). But her summer is going to be way different than she has planned. With romance, a competition, a kingly/queenly kind of event, trouble, and people trying to get her to lose weight (though she is just happy wit...
  • Emma
    I spent most of the book being super confused about who characters were and why they were making certain choices, and I feel kind of let down? I think the premise of a couple of the plot threads wasn't established very well. The book was trying to be Gilmore Girls, I think, but the thing with TV is that it's easier to launch viewers into an active world than it is with a book, since you have to more clearly establish descriptions and make charact...
  • Toya
    Winnie is one of those characters that I have been waiting a long time to see in contemporary literature. She is a strong, independent black female who is fat and queer. Winnie isn’t here for anyone’s judgements about her body or her sexuality. She’s brutally honest and speaks her mind without a filter. Winnie is my spirit animal.Winnie recently finished high school, which means college is on the horizon for the fall. During the summer, she...
  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    I think the synopsis does a pretty good job explaining what the book is about, so I want to talk more about the characters.First is Winnie.  She is 18 and working at her granny's diner the way she does every summer.  She loves working there.  Her brother Winston, and cousin, Sam stay there with her.  Winnie is black and fat (not said in a bad way).  She is happy with how she is.  She's pretty confident except when it comes to public speakin...
  • Lisa Mandina
    This was really a good book. It had so much to it, depth, characters, back stories, side stories, emotion, drama, and a lot of really good takes on issues that you may not think about normally, or don't realize because they were from the side of an issue you may not identify with. Even some of them that I do feel like I connect with, the whole overweight thing especially, I even learned a few things or began to think of them from a slightly diffe...
  • Holly
    I discovered this book while browsing NetGalley. I don't usually read YA, but the cover caught my eye (I absolutely adored it..that girl is super cute) and the blurb was interesting, so I decided to give it a try. It started out great. I like Kann's writing style - simple, yet beautiful. The story flowed well and I was really feeling Winnie, her family and the town. Sadly, things went downhill around page 40. I thought I was getting a fun story a...
  • Julie
    This is a quiet book, very character driven, but the characters are so remarkable. A fat Black girl getting ready for college, already in a queerplatonic relationship and crushing hard on a guy she wants a romantic relationship with. I loved her friend group and her family dynamic - they were close, but things were still complicated. And I loved that this was not a book about miscommunication, as so many can be, but a story about personalities th...
  • Chandra
    2.5/5 rounded up.First off let me just say this cover is everything!(view spoiler)[ I started off really liking this book and I did enjoy most things about it. What made me enjoy it less over time was Winnie and Kara's relationship. More so just Kara in general and I was seeing a lot of red flags about her character early on. Winnie apologized far too much when Kara was constantly avoiding taking res 2.5/5 rounded up.First off let me just say t...
  • Louise
    Not going to lie, this book took a while for me to dive into, there was so many things happening in the first 50 or so pages. I finally kind-of understood the storyline after that, but the plot didn't go anywhere much. It follows Winnie, a girl of colour who's on summer break in Misty Haven, and follows themes such as friendship, loyalty, family, health, and love.That being said, huge bonus points for the detail that went into a lot of the charac...