Audiobook Review: More Happy Than Not

19542841More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Series: Standalone

Published by Soho Teen on June 2, 2015

Genres: Contemporary, Diversity, Fiction, LGBT+, Love & Romance, Mental Health, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Pages: 293

Format: Audiobook


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In his twisty, gritty, profoundly moving debut—called “mandatory reading” 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 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?



Critical Rating: 

Entertainment Rating: 

Overall Rating: 

Plot: Medium Paced | Compelling & Makes You Eager To Read On | HOLY PLOT TWIST | Layers Upon Layers Of In-depth Storylines | Seemingly Well Woven In

Characters: Unforgettable | Definition Of Diversity | Complex & Multi Layered | Oh So Beautifully Broken | Why Must Such Horrible Things Happen?!

World Building: Not Much (Contemporary / Realistic Fiction) | Depicts An Honest Portrayal Of Community | Rough Situations | Shows Both The Good & The Bad

Writing: 1st Person POV | Quotes That Hit You Hard | Compelling & Well Thought Out | Realistic For Each Character | Appropriately Funny & Relatable For Teens



Oh man, this book… This book hit me so hard in the feels that the wind was knocked right out of my breath. Beautiful in the most unconventional way, heartbreaking to the point of not only ripping your heart but also your soul and somehow being simultaneously witty yet sarcastic at all the right moments, More Happy Than Not was definitely a book that deserves all of it’s 5 stars. And this comes from someone who doesn’t hand out 5 star reviews nearly as often as they did as an eight year old reader.

The story follows Aaron Soto, a sixteen year old teenager who has recently hit a rough patch in his life. And by rough, I mean really rough. Not too long ago, his father committed suicide, his mother became withdrawn and distant, his relationship with his older brother became strained… which all together became too difficult for Aaron to deal with that he left a permanent smiley face scar as a reminder on his wrist. Now he’s just trying to forget all of his problems and is desperately looking for happiness. A chance to start again. A fresh new beginning. Which unfortunately doesn’t happen until he meets Thomas, a new kid in town who just seems to bring out a part of him that he never understood…

The thing about More Happy Than Not that really got to me was not that the book told the story of a homosexual teenager but rather the fact that the portrayal of Aaron was not just based on his sexuality. Aaron was the definition of a multi layered character, his vulnerability, his talents, his occupation, his family circumstances and his problems were so real they felt tangible. Nothing short of happiness came easily to him, and there was no fairytale like happily ever after that occured at the end of every situation he ever encountered.

“The boy with no direction taught me something unforgettable: happiness comes again if you let it.”

“We all make mistakes… but it’s also a step in the right direction. If nothing else it’s a step away from the wrong one.”

“Memories: some can be sucker punching, others carry you forward; some stay with you forever, others you forget on your own. You can’t really know which ones you’ll survive if you don’t stay on the battlefield, bad times shooting at you like bullets. But if you’re lucky, you’ll have plenty of good times to shield you.”

“Sometimes pain is so unmanageable that the idea of spending another day with it seems impossible. Other times pain acts as a compass to help you through the messier tunnels of growing up. But pain can only help you find happiness if you remember it.”

“I’ve become this happiness scavenger who picks away at the ugliness of the world, because if there’s happiness tucked away in my tragedies, I’ll find it no matter what. If the blind can find joy in music, and the deaf can discover it with colors, I will do my best to always find the sun in the darkness because my life isn’t one sad ending—it’s a series of endless happy beginnings.”


Have you read More Happy Than Not or are you planning to? What did you think of it? Are you excited for Adam Silvera’s new release coming out in 2017? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Thanks for reading lovelies xoxo,

-Jenna <3-

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