More Happy Than Not

Finished More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera.  I received a copy from the publisher.

Summary (from Goodreads):

The Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-relief procedure seems too good to be true to Aaron Soto — miracle cure-alls don’t tend to pop up in the Bronx projects. But Aaron can’t forget how he’s grown up poor or how his friends aren’t always there for him. Like after his father committed suicide in their one bedroom apartment. Aaron has the support of his patient girlfriend, if not necessarily his distant brother and overworked mother, but it’s not enough.

Then Thomas shows up. He has a sweet movie-watching setup on his roof, and he doesn’t mind Aaron’s obsession with a popular fantasy series. There are nicknames, inside jokes. Most importantly, Thomas doesn’t mind talking about Aaron’s past. But Aaron’s newfound happiness isn’t welcome on his block. Since he’s can’t stay away from Thomas or suddenly stop being gay, Aaron must turn to Leteo to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he is.

Adam Silvera’s extraordinary debut novel offers a unique confrontation of race, class and sexuality during one charged near-future summer in the Bronx.”

It took me a little bit to get into this novel (I enjoyed it from the start, but I wasn’t completely hooked until roughly the second part).  And once I was completely sucked in, this book took my heart and broke it over and over.

But don’t let that stop you from reading it.

More Happy Than Not is incredibly smart and funny, even as it wrecked me over and over.  This is the kind of book that will stay with me for far longer than it took me to read it, the kind of book I will loan to people—probably everyone I know—the kind of book that becomes presents at gift-giving times.

I can’t talk about it, so just read it.

Highly recommended.


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