Reading More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, I often felt like I was reading someone’s personal diary. More specifically, the diary of one Aaron Soto: a teenager from the Bronx who is just trying to live his life the best way he knows how. This book is very much a story of self-discovery as Aaron struggles through the minefield we call life: from confronting the reality of his father’s recent suicide to learning how to navigate his relationships with his family and friends. The reader is right there with Aaron as he learns that the easy way isn’t necessarily the best way to deal with the issues in your life. A lesson Aaron definitely learns the hard way.
I must commend the author for writing such a thought-provoking novel. This book is full of big issues (e.g., homophobia, depression, suicide), and each issue is dealt with in a very real way. I think Silvera did a great job capturing just how life-changing all of these issues can be, for better or worse. More Happy Than Not is definitely a knock you down and kick you in the gut kind of book, but Silvera writes in a way that you can always find a small glimmer of hope lurking in the corner, if you’re really looking for it.
This book was on my TBR list for ages, and I’m glad I finally took the leap and read it! The only thing keeping this from being a five-star review is that I struggled with the pacing of the novel for the first hundred pages or so. It definitely picks up towards the middle, but I knocked off a half-star because it took so long to find the rhythm of the story.
4.5 out of 5 flowers (because I still don’t have any star props to use in the photo)!