Silvera, A. (2015). More Happy Than Not. New York, NY: Soho Press.
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Awards/Honors: Booklist Top 10 LGBTQ for Youth; Booklist 2015 Top 10 First Novels for Youth; SLJ’s Best Books of 2015, Young Adult; Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2015, Teen; Booklist Best Young Adult Books of 2015
Life has dealt Aaron a pretty rough hand and he is trying to figure out who he really is.
More Happy Than Not covers the dark, gritty feelings of Aaron, a teenage boy dealing with a family member’s suicide, as well as his attempt on his own life. As if this isn’t hard enough for a teenager to deal with, he starts having feelings for his new friend, Thomas. Aaron becomes confused because he still loves his girlfriend, but he can’t deny this new attraction. All of these feelings become overwhelming and come with some brutally unfair consequences. Blank considers taking the easy way out by having his memory altered, but is it really worth losing his identity to be “happy”?
This book covers some pretty tough subjects, but they are realistic feelings and emotional struggles that teenagers deal with on a regular basis. Silvera’s debut novel is essential for anyone trying to figure out his or her own identity. It lets teens know that they aren’t alone and it is okay to be yourself, whoever you are. Do you have any memories that you would want erased or do you feel those memories help make you who you are?
Take a look at this Epic Reads interview to see what Adam Silvera had to say about diversity in YA