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More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
What The Teen Press Corps Is Saying
“The world-building, exploration of how Aaron interacts with his environment, and seamless integration of science fiction into the contemporary setting are amazing. The portrayal of Aaron’s struggle with internalized homophobia is really spot-on. Silvera has artfully combined the universal elements of that experience with issues specific to Aaron’s life. I was really drawn in by the Leteo Institute and all the ethics questions it brings up, especially in regards to Aaron. The inclusion of the Leteo Institute draws parallels to the real world issues of conversion therapy and the search for the “gay gene” along with a way to prevent it. The novel does a good job bringing up and discussing these issues within the novel and I think it starts a dialogue for readers to consider beyond the scope of the novel.”
–Emily, Teen Press Corps
About the Book
Part Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, part Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Adam Silvera’s extraordinary debut confronts race, class, and sexuality during one charged near-future summer in the Bronx.
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. Aaron could never forget how he’s grown up poor, how his friends aren’t there for him, or how 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 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.
“Poignant . . . So engrossing that once you start it, you won’t be able to put it down. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.”
“This is a cry-on-the-subway book, so watch out.”
“Many readers will identify with Aaron, whether or not they are dealing with issues of orientation . . . Silvera draws wonderfully complex characters and deftly portrays the relationships among them. The true beauty of this book is the way Silvera subtly reveals the plot—readers find Aaron coming out to them in a gradual way.”
“Vividly written and intricately plotted: a well-executed twist will cause readers to reassess what they thought knew about Aaron’s life . . . beyond gritty . . . Silvera pulls no punches.”
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Adam Silvera harnesses a certain reckless energy and unleashes it through the voice of Aaron Soto. Aaron Soto is astounding, full of heart, wit, youthful energy, and a deep desire to be honest about who he is in the world. He sinks into your skin so you can’t stop thinking about him even when you aren’t reading. High on story, character, and some perfectly-executed twists, I loved this book.”
—David Arnold, author of Mosquitoland
About The Author
Adam Silvera was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. He was a bookseller before shifting to children’s publishing where he worked at a literary development company, a creative writing website for teens, and as a book reviewer of children’s and young adult novels. He lives in New York City and is tall for no reason. More Happy Than Not is his debut novel. adamsilvera.com