More Happy than Not

  • Type: Books
  • By: Adam Silvera
  • Age Category: Teens
  • Genre: General Fiction
  • Recommended by: Morgan D.
  • ISBN/UPC: 9781616955601
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It’s like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind for teens, but it's so much more than a love story

You think you’re reading a love story at first: Aaron’s relationship with Genevieve is positively blissful. It’s the only bright spot in his life: still reeling from his father’s suicide and his own suicide attempt; struggling financially in his family’s one-bedroom apartment in a housing project in the Bronx; confused about the distance that has grown between him and his childhood friends; he’s adrift in a storm. Then, with the world around him buzzing about a new and controversial memory-erasing surgical procedure, Aaron meets Thomas, and his already-unstable world turns upside down.

You think you’re reading another kind of love story then, about two boys fighting against their neighborhood and their pasts. But this isn’t a love story at all: it’s a beautifully characterized book about the trauma we carry with us; about the happiness and wisdom we must find within it, not in spite of it, to survive.
 
Silvera writes with great emotional honesty about a diverse cast of characters who live in a world far removed from the glamorous New York you’ll find in most teen fiction. This is a debut novel to celebrate.