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?
More Happy Than Not is basically a story about a future where you’re able to undergo a operation that buries traumatic memories.This book raises a lot of interesting questions about if you choose your sexuality and if it’s something that you can change about yourself.Not only is this book about accepting you are, it also discusses issues such as race, depression as well as family dynamics. More Happy Than Not is a book packed full of interesting times and concepts, that make you really think about memories and how important they are. We take our memories really for granted and often wish them away. I while there are so many reasons why one might want to erase the bad ones,I think this book shows that it’s important to keep them, no matter how bad.
One of the things I loved was the turn it took. I really didn’t expect the twist halfway through, and it was done and such a way that just made me went “omg” and then everything just clicked into place. That also kind of sucked because just as I read the twist and wanted to keep reading, the bell rang and i had to get to class. I’ve never wanted to read a book more than I did then. I seriously applaud Adam Silvera for the subtlety that he delivered his twist?? I don’t know if that made sense, but yeah.
Honestly all the characters were great(well everyone expect for his neighbourhood friends, and his dad) but apart from them all the characters were really interesting, and even if i didn’t totally agree with their ways, I felt that they had a lot of depth to them. While at first I kind of didn’t really think much of Aaron’s Mom, she really turned around in the end, and I really grew to love her. Even Eric, Aaron’s Brother turned out to be okay.
Aaron’s struggle brought me close to tears which never happens,I just couldn’t help but feel so sad about Aaron struggling to be who he is in a world that doesn’t welcome him.
Also as a side note, Aaron is such a nerd and Scorpius Hawthorne is totally a nod to Harry Potter
Like any contemporary, the story was very easy to read, and Adam Silvera has a very compelling voice. I also really liked the way he constructed the story, so it was kind of a jumbled storyline. I love stories where things from the past are revealed later on, and I think Adam did this very well