“Remember that time…” ~More Happy Than Not
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera: 5/5 stars
In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for sixteen-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?
I bought this book on a whim and I didn’t even realize the author was Adam Silvera. When I found out Adam Silvera wrote this book I wanted to read it immediately, because I knew he wrote the book History Is All You Left Me and I’ve heard so many good things about that book from booktubers. I also had no previous knowledge when I bought this book, I just saw the cover and thought it was pretty cool and I read the synopsis and decided to buy it. I was not disappointed at all, this book blew me away and I am so glad I bought it.
So as you can tell from the synopsis we follow around the character Aaron and see through his eyes what life is like. Now I decided to make this a spoiler free review so I wont be giving away too many details, but early on we learn the Aaron has been through a lot. It’s absolutely amazing to see how he handles things along with how the other characters handle things as well.
I wan’t exactly sure what I was going to expect from this novel all I knew was I was excited to read it and I went into it with very high expectations. From my rating you can tell my expectations were met. I personally loved the story this book told it was just so interesting and completely different from what I normally read. This book kept me interested the whole time and it had a plot twist that I wasn’t expecting at all so I was very shocked with the plot twist, but also pleasantly surprised at the same time.
I found Adam Silvera’s writing easy to follow and just overall amazing. I fell in love with the characters and despised the characters that deserved my hatred. I love when an author can bring out so many different emotions from me just through the story and their writing style. I definitely plan on reading History Is All You Left Me especially since I loved this novel. I hope Silvera keeps writing because I will definitely keep reading his novels.
More Happy Than Not takes you on a journey full of sorrow, heartbreak, and love. I just find it so amazing that an author can make such a sad story so beautiful. Silvera has an amazing writing style and he managed to portray such a topic in an amazing way. This book actually managed to give me a book hangover and that doesn’t happen much, so if that doesn’t convince you how perfect this book is then I don’t know what will!
Anyway, I recommend this book to everyone who is interested in contemporaries with some tough topics. It has some bad language and harsh scenes, but if that is something you can handle then I suggest you go pick this book up as soon as you can!
I hope y’all enjoyed this short spoiler free review! I hope everyone has an amazing day!