Hello Bookish Buddies! Welcome to my review of More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. This was my first Adam Silvera book, and I really enjoyed it. Adam Silvera has officially become an auto-buy author for me. Or at least auto-read. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the premise of More Happy Than Not, here is the Goodreads synopsis:
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 honestly thought this book was genius. It had all of the best components from an awesomely built world, to diverse characters, to an amazing and unpredictable plot. I feel like Silvera is everything I want to be as a writer. I had a few issues with the characters and their relationship, but that was easy to overlook, as the plot and world were so rich and in depth.
The first thing I want to talk about is the world. I’ve heard some people call More Happy Than Not a contemporary, and I’ve heard some people call it a dystopia. I feel like it was the perfect mix of both, which is something I’ve never seen in any book I’ve read before. I feel like a medical procedure such as Leteo could actually exist in our society, and people would react in the exact same way they would react in the book. So props to Silvera, he did a great job with this.
I also loved the plot. It did not go in the direction I expected at all, and I’m so happy about that. Since I’ve read so many books, it’s hard for a plot to be genuinely unpredictable, but this one was. The plot twist at the end was so genius and it it caught me completely off guard.
The only issue I had with this book was the characters. Don’t get me wrong, all of them had such distinct personalities, I just feel like they were a little bit inconsistent from time to time. Also, there was kind of an instalove/friendship kind of thing that happened that I can’t totally get with. Other than that, I feel like the characters were spot on.
Overall, I gave More Happy Than Not a 4.5/5 stars.