[Book Review] More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera


Title: More Happy Than Not
Author: Adam Silvera
Release Date: Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015
Publisher: Soho Teen
Favorite Quote: “I’d do my damn best to be more happy than not.”
Official Rating: 5 stars
Thoughts During This Read:
Damn. This is some goooddd writing.
New auto buy authorrrr
*live tweets everything*
How am I going to write a coherent review of this?  How?

Trigger Warning for those who are depressed, or have family members or friends that suffer from major depressive disorder.

Trigger Warning for homophobic slurs. A homophobic slur is utilized in this book 10 times.

Actual Review

The beginning brought a smile to my face. It brings the feeling that this is going to be another favorite. More Happy Than Not began with an authentic voice. “It turns out the Leteo procedure isn’t bullshit.”

Although authenticity in voices has been gradually increasing in YA literature; something about the authenticity Adam portrayed made Aaron’s voice stand out compared to other debuts.

The language and writing of More Happy Than Not had a consistent flow. Adam cut right to the chase with diving into Aaron’s you-know-what attempt. The beginning brought a smile to your face; only to slap that right off. The pain Aaron harbored from his father’s death was explicit—exactly as it should be. There is no watering down of any of Aaron’s suffering in this novel.

I found that refreshing compared to novels that may describe depression; but don’t really bring it to the real force that shows it as what it is. A debilitating disorder that impairs a human’s functionality. 

The character development was exceptional. In the majority of novels, there are MCs and there are minor characters; and the minor characters tend to fade into the woodwork or aren’t well developed. Every character in this novel was weaved into the story, properly. Every character had a purpose and was significant.

Genevieve was an interesting character to explore; and seeing her pain and her creativity truly helped brighten the story. As well as Thomas’ sensitivity which brought you to tears at certain parts of this novel. Collin, who irritated you because he was similar to men that use the people they “love.”
I found the Mom refreshing in this story; in most stories parents are nonexistent—and I felt the Mom was portrayed as worn, weak but strong silmuntaneously.

Despite the somber mood of this novel, there were a few times when there was Adam’s humor mixed into Aaron. Those moments didn’t lessen the importance of this novel; but managed to bring a reader to be more enamored with Aaron.

Throughout this novel, you will find yourself laughing, crying; and falling in love with this characters. The writing will slay you left and right,—and this is a debut that will have you rushing to buy Adam’s next book: History Is All You Left Me.

In conclusion, I figuratively jump through the screen and scream:

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3 thoughts on “[Book Review] More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

  1. I feel like authenticity in YA voices hasn’t improved *that much*, so I’m SO glad that Aaron’s voice was realistic. And I’m just so excited to get to all the feels–the smiling, and the slapping-off-the-smiles feels. ❤ Awesome review, Wesaun! So glad you enjoyed this!

    Aimee @ Deadly Darlings


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