Thursday, December 3, 2015
More Happy Than Not
Soho Teen, 2015
Audience: Older Teens, Adults
In the months after his father's suicide, it's been tough for 16-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 wish this had a more eye-catching cover, because it deserves to be read by the masses. It’s an intense story of one boy’s painful life. I could not stop reading at one point. Things did not go as I had predicted or happen for the reasons that I thought they did. This worked in the book’s favor... until the end. I wanted a happy ending to wrap everything up nicely, but it makes sense that More Happy Than Not didn’t. Nothing is easy after everything that Aaron went through. Overall, this book was insanely well-written and the author must have put his heart and soul into writing this book. Teens will love reading it.