Title – More Happy Than Not
Author – Adam Silvera
Publication Date – June 2nd 2015 by Soho Teen
ISBN – 9781616955601
Sixteen year old Aaron Soto is still finding life difficult three months after his father killed himself. But with the help of his mum and girlfriend, Genevieve, he’s trying to find happiness again. But his grief and a smile shaped scar on his wrist are holding him back.
When Genevieve goes away for three weeks Aaron starts spending most of his time with Thomas, his new best friend. Aaron’s other friends start to notice how much time he’s spending with Thomas, and they’re not happy about it.
But Aaron finds it hard to stay away from Thomas, even when it creates a problem with his girlfriend and friends. Thomas has made him happier than he’s been in months and he can be himself. While trying to fight his growing feelings for Thomas, Aaron decides to get help from the Leteo Institute’s memory-altering procedure to ‘straighten’ him out, even if it means forgetting who he really is.
Why does finding true happiness have to be so hard?
I received a copy for More Happy Than Not from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I had seen it on Instagram before I requested it.
I went into this book blind, I had no idea what it was about when I started reading it, which was probably a stupid thing to do. I had no idea what was going on and it took me more than half the book for me to get into the book. I don’t think the story was the problem, I was the idiot who didn’t look up what the book was about first.
I was confused why Aaron would want the memory-altering procedure from Leteo. I don’t think being gay is a bad thing and you shouldn’t want to change who you are just because some idiots don’t agree. There were people in his life who loved and supported him just for being himself. The people who tore him down and made him feel like who he was attracted to was wrong weren’t the kind of people he needed in his life.
Okay, Aaron is sixteen. What sixteen year old hasn’t had their heart-broken by someone they thought they loved? That’s life. Not everyone finds their ‘true love’ or whatever in high school. You grow up, move on and meet someone new. Who hopefully feels the same way you do. Taking away his memory of someone and trying to ‘turn himself straight’ to fix a problem that isn’t there seemed really drastic to me.
I was really shocked with what happened to Aaron in the end. His life had barely started and his future was basically taken away from him. I’m not 100% on what caused it, the procedure or what his so-called “friends” did to him but either way, Aaron really couldn’t catch a break.
Even halfway through this book, I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not. But in the end I did like it. Probably not as much as other people who have read it but I did like it. I think the problem I had with is was not knowing what the book was about and by the time I had figured out what was going on, I had almost finished it.
Have you read More Happy Than Not? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments.