More Happy Than Not (Paperback)

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I just love it when an author throws me for a loop. I was so disappointed in this novel while reading it until ~that part~ happened and all of your skepticism is validated and allowed. After reading History is All You Left Me and jumping back in Silvera's timeline, I now see serious growth as an artist. A long review on this book is dangerous because it could give away a serious spoiler to the entire thing so I'll keep it brief.

This is the perfect novel for anyone, not just LGBT people, but for anyone on a journey to find happiness. A reminder to everyone how important our memories are and how the past shapes our present and future.

-- Josh

— From Josh H. Staff Picks


In his twisty, gritty, profoundly moving New York Times bestselling-debut--also called "mandatory reading" and selected as an Editors' Choice by the New York Times--Adam Silvera brings to life a charged, dangerous near-future summer in the Bronx.

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?

"Silvera managed to leave me smiling after totally breaking my heart. Unforgettable."
--Becky Albertalli, author of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

"Adam Silvera explores the inner workings of a painful world and he delivers this with heartfelt honesty and a courageous, confident hand . . . A mesmerizing, unforgettable tour de force."
--John Corey Whaley, National Book Award finalist and author of Where Things Come Back and Noggin

About the Author

Adam Silvera was born and raised in the Bronx. He has worked as a bookseller, as a consultant at a literary development company, as a reviewer of children's and young adult novels. His highly acclaimed debut novel, More Happy Than Not, was followed by History Is All You Left Me and New York Times bestseller They Both Die at the End. He lives in New York City and is tall for no reason.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781616956776
ISBN-10: 1616956771
Publisher: Soho Teen
Publication Date: April 26th, 2016
Pages: 336
Language: English