More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Published by Soho Teen on June 2nd 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, LGBT, Sci-fi
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?
It turns out the Leteo procedure isn’t bullshit.
A box full of tissues
This is very important. Even if you are not a book cryer you may need something to shred from the pain this book causes you.
We follow Aaron Soto, a seemingly normal teenager living in the projects of New York City somewhere in an alternate future then our own. When his girlfriend goes off to art camp for a couple weeks in the summer, Aaron finds it hard to control his feelings for the new boy he has met, Thomas.
This begins a downward spiral for Aaron. His story starts to open up and we learn about his troubled past before his father’s suicide. It is filled with abuse, self confusion, homophobic “friends,” first loves, and heartbreaks. So when I say you need a box a tissues, I’m not kidding!
A pillow to scream into
This somewhat goes along with the first one. As a reader of many LGBT centered books, I am not a fan of characters who are dating the opposite sex and then half way through the story figure out they are gay after falling for their bestfriend or the new kid in school etc.
So I was constantly screaming into my pillow out of frustration thinking that was where this story was heading and how typical it was. But that twist half way through the book (if you read it, you know what I am talking about… you know the flashbacks), had me caught off guard but in a good way.
I loved the struggles that lead up to Aaron’s breaking point as a character to measure of wanting to “straighten himself out” with a Leteo memory procedure. Brilliant.