Title: More Happy Than Not
Author: Adam Silvera
Release Date: 06/02/2015
Reviewed by: Aurora
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera is pretty interesting. It’s not one of those ideal fantasy world stories and I kind of like that. These kids go through real world problems and issues. They’re not rich, not the smartest, not perfect. This book does have a bit of a futuristic element, but still set in present day. There is this thing called Leteo, a procedure to make you forget things. Obviously, it’s not something that really exists, but what if it did? This is the story of a boy named Aaron and his life in a world where Leteo is real.
The whole thing is honestly quite tragic. Aaron, the main character, starts off “normal” (at least what he imagines normal is) just like everyone else. He hangs out with his friends, has a girlfriend, loves comic books, etc. He’s completely average except for a few big details. First, his dad committed suicide not long ago and Aaron was the one who found him. Two, he becomes friends with a guy named Thomas, but soon realizes his feelings are a little more than just friendly. And three, Leteo, plays a big role in his life. He struggles with his sexuality, his family problems, and whether or not to get a Leteo procedure. It seems to me that nothing ever goes right for Aaron and when they do, something messes it up. It’s not that he really does anything to cause most of it, it just happens. I know it’s like that for most book characters but this kid has some seriously bad luck.
The pace of the book a little more deliberate than other YA novels, but it felt right for the story line. I really like how the story unfolds in “real” time, meaning there are no time jumps or skips. Of course, there are some time periods that aren’t as as carefully detailed, but there is still a hint as to what what went on during that specific time. This really made me feel like I was in the story. Also, the story explains what is considered normal in the world of these characters. It shows little bits of how their everyday life is the same and different from our actual reality we are living in. I feel that many authors skip over that when it can really help make or break the book.
I’m really excited to see what Adam Silvera has in store for us next. He hasn’t written anything else yet, as this is his first book, but I can’t wait. I’m really hoping he’ll write another diverse book and help add to the diverse book collection in young adult fiction.
Overall, I enjoyed reading More a Happy Than Not. It wasn’t what I expected, but I think most books are usually like that. There were parts that definitely surprised me, as they should’ve. It was really nice and refreshing to read something that’s not so stereotypical for a change.