More Happy Than Not by Adam SilveraMore Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

More Happy Than Not

byAdam Silvera

Hardcover | June 2, 2015

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In his twisty, gritty, profoundly moving New York Times bestselling-debut—also called “mandatory reading” and selected as an Editors' Choice by the New York Times—Adam Silvera brings to life a charged, dangerous near-future summer in the Bronx.

In the months after his father's suicide, it's been tough for sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again—but he's still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he's slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely. 

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron's crew notices, and they're not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can't deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can't stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute's revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is. 

Why does happiness have to be so hard?

“Silvera managed to leave me smiling after totally breaking my heart. Unforgettable.”
—Becky Albertalli, author of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda 

"Adam Silvera explores the inner workings of a painful world and he delivers this with heartfelt honesty and a courageous, confident hand . . . A mesmerizing, unforgettable tour de force."
—John Corey Whaley, National Book Award finalist and author of Where Things Come Back and Noggin 
Adam Silvera was born and raised in the Bronx. He has worked as a bookseller, as a consultant at a literary development company, as a reviewer of children’s and young adult novels. His highly acclaimed debut novel, More Happy Than Not, was followed by History Is All You Left Me and New York Times bestseller They Both Die at the End. He...
Title:More Happy Than NotFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.53 × 5.75 × 1.11 inPublished:June 2, 2015Publisher:Soho PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Absolutely Stunning Novel It's still hard to believe that this is a debut novel. This book was written so well, and Adam Silvera is an incredible author. I loved this book so much, and I think it's important that everyone gets a chance to read this book in their lifetime. There was plot twist at the end of this book that had me completely shook and the ending also broke my heart into a million pieces, but it was beautiful. This entire novel was just beautiful, and I can't stress how much I wish everyone would read it. This is the first book by Adam Silvera I have read, but I own his other 2 books and I hope to pick them up in the very near future! I can tell just from this book that he is going to become one of my favorite authors.
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it this book caught my attention and had it during the whole book. I found it very beautiful
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing and Thought Provoking! What an extremely important novel! This is my first read from Adam Silvera and I now understand the popularity of his writing. I honestly can say that I haven't read anything like it before. It took an extreme idea of elective surgery to remove memories and integrated it within a story where it became...realistic. Really, it's actually horrifying to think that one day (I'm talking really futuristically..) they may somehow create a technology to be able to do this and it's even more scary to think of how many people would want it. It was a really important and diverse novel. I feel that society has made progress towards diversity (whether it be sexuality, race, etc) but there is still prejudice within the would. As that is still the case, these novels are always going to be important. This book made me feel...ALL of the feels. It really is a thought provoking read and even after finishing, I feel like I can't wrap my brain around all of it. It will definitely be a book I will remember and will be thinking about for quite a while. I definitely recommend!
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A favorite! My heart is crushed into a million pieces. Since it deals with very dark topics, I had some hard times flipping the pages of this book. I definitely should have taken more pauses between some chapters, but I had to know what was going to happen, although I found myself gasping for air multiple times. There were so many philosophical subjects. I was challenging myself the whole time about what I would do if I was in Aaron’s shoes. Is it better to go on with your life if you’re dealing with unbearable pain when there is a way to alter your memory? If I was given the opportunity, would I erase some memories, even if it meant losing a part of myself and hurting people around me? I found myself seriously wondering what is happiness and how can someone truly say he achieved it. “It’s okay how some stories leave off without an ending. Life doesn’t always deliver the one you would expect.” Everything builds up perfectly and goes toward this mind-blowing and engaging ending. This book was so different from your average YA book and that is why it’s going on my favorites shelf.
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from this was so very good! wow. wow. wow. this was heartbreaking, mind blowing and inspirational all at once. I now understand the hype surrounding this novel and it definitely did not disappoint. -- More Happy Than Not has recently been gaining a lot of hype in the book blogging community. It is also no secret that I love the contemporary genre, especially those revolving around mental health and LGBTQ rights. I was recently making a purchase on the Chapters/Indigo website and in order to receive free shipping I needed to add another item to my cart. At first I was unsure of what that item should be, but then I saw More Happy Than Not in the “recommended for you” section. I decided to add it to my cart and I can gladly tell you that I am extremely happy with my decision. More Happy Than Not was an amazing debut novel by author Adam Silvera! This novel was everything from heartbreaking and mind blowing to inspirational and educational all wrapped up together in one fantastically written novel. The moment you start reading More Happy Than Not, you can tell that this story is one that comes from the heart of Adam Silvera. It felt incredibly real and relatable and every detail felt genuine. Stories like More Happy Than Not remind us that not all coming of age stories are sunshine and rainbows and that sometimes you may have to deal with unfortunate consequences in order to find and accept yourself. In some cases, it may be too late. Throughout the entire time I was reading this novel, all I wanted to do was give every single character a hug and tell them that everything was going to be okay. Yes, even Me-Crazy. The characters within More Happy Than Not unfortunately live in a less fortunate part of the city and in turn are very rebellious in nature. The situations in which these teens have to live through each day force them to grow up faster than they should. More Happy Than Not is a very LGBTQ oriented novel. What differentiates it from other LGBTQ focused books I have read is that it deals with the troubling idea that someone can “cure” themselves of being gay by going through a certain procedure or taking certain medications. This is something that I think definitely needs to be talked about more, especially within the world of YA novels. Although the Leteo institute within the novel is fictional, I know that there are very similar organizations that are very real that claim they can “cure” people of being gay and it shocks and upsets me that things like this still exist. I think that stories like this need to be made more accessible to kids, youth and teens in order to help prevent situations like those similar to what happened within More Happy Than Not from happening in reality. There were moments within More Happy Than Not which were completely shocking and kept me on the edge of my seat page after page. I feel as though I could have easily read this in one sitting if I had the time, not because of its length or difficulty level, but because I literally could not put it down. I highly recommend More Happy Than Not to those who enjoy LGBTQ contemporary stories and more specifically to those who loved Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda or Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Just a warning…you may want to have a tissue box in close proximity while reading this beautiful novel.
Date published: 2015-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this one I heard nothing but praise about More Happy Than Not and I also knew the author from Twitter since he's also a Shelf Awareness reviewer. The pull that made me want this book in my hands was the mere fact that it was pitched as the LGBT YA version of the movie The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Now if that doesn't make you want to pick up the book then here's hoping my review will. Aaron is trying to move on from the death of his father. Being with his girlfriend makes things better. Until his new found friend Thomas comes into his life. He realizes his own kind is hiding secrets and he wants nothing but to find out the truth. Aaron goes through so many ups and downs, that all I wanted to do was give him a hug. He does not have an easy life. Most of the characters in this book don't, but they're all there trying to get by. I loved how raw and real Aaron's feelings were. Even when he doesn't realize it himself. It's like he brings you on this journey of self-discovery and you're along for the majority of it. He's easily one of the memorable characters I have ever read. As for the other characters..I felt so bad for Genevieve when she really does love him. But the thing is she wants him to be happy and the way she supports him was just so kind and noble. Collin who is too scared but I understood his reasons. Brendan his "friend" whom I pretty much disliked the entire time.. All the characters brought a wonderfully developed plot to the spotlight. I didn't want this to end! What a wonderfully moving story. I'm sure this will bring you not only tears of sadness, butt tears of joy. I enjoyed every minute of it and I'm excited to see what else Mr. Silvera has in store.
Date published: 2015-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not one I'll be forgetting Aaron hasn’t had an easy life growing up. His friends are never there when it counts, he lives in a one-bedroom apartment with his mother and brother, the same apartment where his father committed suicide in the bathroom. He has a great, supportive girlfriend but he can’t stop thinking about Thomas, a new kid who just gets Aaron in ways no one else has. Being gay in his neighborhood isn’t accepted but Aaron can’t change who he is. Or can he? The Leteo Institute offers people a memory-relief procedure and if Aaron can convince his mom to let him get the procedure, he can have his life back. Even if it means going back to feeling lost and unhappy all the time. This book was a pretty powerful read. It had a great voice and touched on a lot of issues that are relevant today. It had a nice balance between the darker moments and the lighter moments. I would definitely say it wasn’t an easy or fast read but a very worthwhile read. Aaron was such an interesting character who drew me into his world so quickly. I fell for his geekery, his love of comics and obsession over a fantasy series. I liked seeing the connection he made with Thomas and him opening up and their friendship definitely seemed to be a high in Aaron’s life. Aaron’s struggles were a huge driving point of the story: his struggle with his sexuality, his struggle about the procedure, his struggle with his dad’s suicide, his depression, figuring out who he is. It was a boy discovering who he was and having to deal with knowing the truth could mean losing it all. The character interactions in the book were great. Aaron’s overworked mom trying to do her best to care for her boys, Aaron’s brother always there but seeming not interested in his life, the growing friendship of Aaron and Thomas, the relationship between Aaron and his girlfriend, Aaron and his neighborhood friends. It was interesting to see the different ways Aaron would interact with everyone and very telling about how open he would chose to be with each person. The memory-wiping Leteo Institute was a little confusing at first since I wasn’t sure how it would work in Aaron’s situation but it got clearer as more was revealed. I thought it would play a bigger part in the book since it was the first thing mentioned in the synopsis but the story was more focused on Aaron’s growth, decision, and the aftermath. The whole concept did bring to mind Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which I have seen this book compared to and really enjoyed. I didn’t even care that I could see some of the twists coming. I just wanted Aaron to be happy. The book touched on a lot of important issues. Sexuality, depression, suicide, racism, poverty, homophobia, acceptance, and it did so without feeling like it was trying to cram too many issues into too little pages. It was the type of book a person could just read to read and enjoy, or to read and analyze(and enjoy). It was definitely a book to remember. And that Scorpius Hawthorne demonic boy wizard series that kept getting mentioned in the book, that needs to be a real thing.
Date published: 2015-06-24

Read from the Book

It turns out the Leteo procedure isn’t bullshit.     The first time I saw a poster on the subway promoting the institute that could make you forget things, I thought it was a marketing campaign for some new science fiction movie. And when I saw the headline “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow!” on the cover of a newspaper, I mistook it as something boring, like the cure for some new flu—I didn’t think they were talking about memories. It rained that weekend, so I hung out with my friends at the Laundromat, chilling in front of the security guard’s old TV. Every single news station was interviewing different representatives of the Leteo Institute to find out more about the “revolutionary science of memory alteration and suppression.”    I called bullshit at the end of each one.    Except now we know the procedure is 100 percent real and 0 percent bullshit because one of our own has gone through it.    That’s what Brendan, my sort of best friend, tells me at least. I know him as much for his honesty as I know Baby Freddy’s mother for her dedication to confirming the gossip that comes her way. (Rumor has it she’s learning basic French because her neighbor down the hall may be having an affair with the married superintendent, and the language barrier is a bit of a block. But, well, that’s gossip too.)    “So Leteo is legit?” I sit down by the sandbox no one plays in because of ringworm.    Brendan paces back and forth, dribbling our friend Deon’s basketball between his legs. “That’s why Kyle and his family bounced,” he says. “Fresh start.”    I don’t even have to ask what he forgot. Kyle’s identical twin brother, Kenneth, was gunned down last December for sleeping with this guy Jordan’s younger sister. Kyle was the one who actually slept with her, though. I know grief just fine, but I can’t imagine living day by day with that—knowing the brother I shared a face and secret language with was ripped out of my life when the bullets were meant for me.    “Well, good luck to him, right?”    “Yeah, sure,” Brendan says.    The usual suspects are outside today. Skinny-Dave and Fat-Dave—who are unrelated, just both named Dave—come out of our local bodega, Good Food’s Store, where I’ve been working part-time for the past couple of months. They’re throwing back quarter juices and potato chips. Baby Freddy glides on by with his new steel orange bike, and I remember when we used to give him shit years ago for still needing training wheels—but the joke is on me since my father never got a chance to teach me to ride at all. Me-Crazy is sitting on the ground, having a conversation with the wall; and everyone else, the adults mainly, are preparing for this weekend’s community event of the year.    Family Day.    This will be the first time we’re celebrating Family Day without Kenneth and Kyle, or Brendan’s parents, or my dad. It’s not like Dad and I were gonna have father–son wheelbarrow races or father–son basketball games; besides, Dad always paired up with my brother, Eric. But father–son anything would’ve been better than this. I can’t imagine it’s any easier for Brendan, even though his parents are both alive. It might be worse, since they’re just out of reach in boxy jail cells for separate crimes: his mother for armed robbery, his father for assaulting a police officer after he was caught dealing meth. Now he lives with his grandfather who is thugging it out at eighty-eight.    “Everyone’s going to expect smiles from us,” I say.    “Everyone can go suck it,” Brendan replies. He pockets his hands, and I bet there’s weed in there; dealing pot has been his way of growing up faster, even though it’s pretty much what landed his dad in prison eight months ago. He checks his watch, struggling to read what the hands are saying. “I have to go meet someone.” He doesn’t even wait for me to respond before he walks off.    He’s a guy of few words, which is why he’s only my sort of best friend. A real best friend would use a lot of words to make you feel somewhat good about your life when you’re thinking about ending it. Like I tried to. Instead, he distanced himself from me because he felt as if he had a duty to hang with the other black kids—which I thought and still think is bullshit.    I miss the time when we took full advantage of summer nights, ignoring curfew so we could lie down on the black mat of the jungle gym and talk about girls and futures too big for us—which always seemed like it might be okay, as long we were stuck here with each other. Now we come outside because of routine, not brotherhood.    It’s just one more thing I have to pretend I’m okay with.Home is a one-bedroom apartment for the four of us. I mean, three of us. Three.    I share the living room with Eric, who should be home any minute now from his shift at the used video game store on Third Avenue. He’ll power on one of his two gaming consoles, chat with his online friends through a headset, and play until his team bows out around 4 a.m. I bet Mom will try and get him to apply to some colleges. I don’t plan on sticking around for the argument.    There are stacks of unread comics on my side of the room. I bought a lot of them for cheap, like between seventy-five cents and two dollars at my favorite comic shop, without any real intention to read them from start to finish. I just like having a collection to show off whenever one of my more well-off friends comes over. I subscribed to one series, The Dark Alternates, when everyone got into it at school last year, but so far I’ve only gotten around to flipping through them to see if the artists have done anything interesting.    Whenever I really get into a book, I draw my favorite scenes inside them: in World War Z, I drew the Battle of Yonkers where zombies dominated; in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, I drew the moment we meet the Headless Horseman because that was when I suddenly cared about an otherwise so-so ghost story; and, in Scorpius Hawthorne and the Convict of Abbadon—the third book in my favorite fantasy series about a demonic boy wizard—I drew the monstrous Abbadon being split into two from Scorpius’s Sever Charm.   I haven’t been drawing very much lately.   The shower always takes a few minutes to heat up so I turn it on and go check on my mom. I knock on her bedroom door, and she doesn’t answer. The TV is on, though. When your only living parent isn’t responding, you can’t help but think of that time when your father was found dead in the bathtub—and the possibility that beyond your home’s only bedroom door life as an orphan awaits you. So I go inside.   She’s just waking up from her second nap of the day to an episode of Law & Order. “You okay, Mom?”   “I’m fine, my son.” She rarely calls me Aaron or “my baby” anymore, and while I was never a fan of the latter, especially whenever my friends were around, at least it showed that there was life inside of her. Now she’s just wiped.   Beside her is a half-eaten slice of pizza she asked me to get her from Yolanda’s Pizzeria, the empty cup of coffee I brought her back from Joey’s, and a couple of Leteo pamphlets she picked up on her own. She’s always believed in the procedure, but that means nothing to me since she also believes in Santeria. She puts on her glasses, which conveniently hide the sunken lines around her eyes from her crazy work hours. She’s a social worker at Washington Hospital five days a week, and spends four evenings handling meat at the supermarket for extra cash to keep this tiny roof over our heads.   “You didn’t like the pizza? I can get you something else.”    Mom ignores this. She gets out of bed, tugging at the collar of her sister’s hand-me-down shirt she recently lost enough weight to fit into because of her “Poverty Diet,” and hugs me harder than she has since Dad died. “I wish there was something else we could’ve done.”   “Uh . . .” I hug her back, never knowing what to say when she cries about what Dad did and what I tried to do. I just look at the Leteo pamphlets again. There is something else we could’ve done for him—we just never would’ve been able to afford it. “I should probably shower before the water gets cold again. Sorry.”    She lets me go. “It’s okay, my son.”   I pretend everything is okay as I rush to the bathroom where steam has fogged up the mirror. I quickly undress. But I stop before stepping in because the tub—finally clean after lots of bleach—remains the spot where he took his life. His memories sucker punch my brother and me at every turn: the pen marks on the wall where he measured our height; the king-sized bed where he would flip us while watching the news; the stove where he cooked empanadas for our birthdays. We can’t exactly justescape these things by moving into a different, bigger apartment. No, we’re stuck here in this place where we have to shake mouse shit out of our shoes and inspect our glasses of soda before drinking in case roaches dived in while our backs were turned.   Our hot water doesn’t run hot for very long so I jump in before I miss my chance.   I rest my head against the wall, the water sliding through my hair and down my back, and I think about all the memories I would want Leteo to bury. They all have to do with living in a post-Dad world. I flip over my wrist and stare at my scar. I can’t believe I was once that guy who carved a smile into his wrist because he couldn’t find happiness, that guy who thought he would find it in death. No matter what drove my dad to kill himself—his tough upbringing in a home with eight older brothers, or his job at the infamous post office up the block, or any one of a million reasons—I have to push ahead with the people who don’t take the easy way out, who love me enough to stay alive even when life sucks.   I trace the smiling scar, left to right and right to left, happy to have it as a reminder not to be such a dumbass again.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for More Happy Than NotA New York Times BestsellerA New York Times Editors' ChoiceA Paste Magazine Best Young Adult Novel of All TimeA Booklist Best First Novel of 2015 and a Booklist Editors' Choice of 2015A Kirkus Best Teen Book of 2015An ABA Indie Next SelectionAn Amazon Best Young Adult of 2015A Refinery29 Best Diverse Young Adult BookA Best of 2015A Best Young Adult Book of 2015A New York Public Library Top 10 Young Adult Novels of 2015A Los Angeles Public Library Best Teen Books of 2015The Latinidad List Best Young Adult Novel of the YearA Magill’s Literary Annual 2016 Selection"A beautiful debut novel [that] manages a delicate knitting of class politics through an ambitious narrative about sexual identity and connection that considers the heavy weight and constructive value of traumatic memory . . . Aaron's Bronx universe [is captured] with a precision that feels at once dreamy and casually reportorial . . . Mandatory reading."—The New York Times Book Review"Inventive and daring, Silvera's gritty debut kept me turning pages until 2 A.M. His writing crackles with challenging questions, searing and timely."—Aaron Hartzler, author of Rapture Practice“Aaron is one of the most interesting, authentic teen narrators I’ve met, and his story is told with incredible courage and unflinching honesty. Silvera managed to leave me smiling after totally breaking my heart. Unforgettable.” —Becky Albertalli, National Book Award nominee and author of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda"Adam Silvera explores the inner workings of a painful world and he delivers this with heartfelt honesty and a courageous, confident hand. Combine these with a one-of-a-kind voice and a genius idea, and what you have is a mesmerizing, unforgettable tour de force."  —John Corey Whaley, National Book Award finalist and author of Where Things Come Back and Noggin “Adam Silvera is a voice missing in YA fiction. The honesty of his words and his ability to tell a story make you realize that we’ve been waiting for him. I’m blown away.”—Holly Goldberg Sloan, author of Counting by 7s and I'll Be There"[Silvera] throws in a hugely rewarding, whiplash-worthy twist in the last third of the novel. A bold, inventive, raw look at male sexuality in an irresistible sci-fi package." —The Globe and Mail"[An] important addition to speculative fiction for young adults . . . Silvera's tale combines the best features of science fiction with social justice in this engaging read, as Aaron finds a place where he belongs."—Los Angeles Times"Heartfelt . . . The futuristic twist, with its poignant repercussions, drives home a memorable, thoroughly contemporary theme: who you are inside is not something that can or should be erased . . . Lose your memories, lose your pain, lose yourself."—Chicago Tribune"A gut-wrenching story telling of race and sexuality."—The Guardian“This is definitely at the top of my YA list. There’s a realness to its main character, Aaron Soto, and his struggle to be who he really is. It confronts race and sexuality in a way I haven’t seen in the genre before.”—Latina Magazine"Smart . . . Sensitively told." —Good Housekeeping"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."—"This is a beautifully written book that seems to get sadder with every page, but never feels hopeless." — "Silvera’s debut is equal parts gut-punch and warm hug, not to mention sweet, funny, creative, and a really welcome entry to YA with regard to having characters coming from a lower socioeconomic background." —"Silvera, like [Benjamin Alire Sáenz], is a beautiful writer. Aaron’s story is heart-wrenching, funny, inspirational, and eye-opening. This is a really special novel from an extremely gifted new writer."—Bustle"A compassionate read that you'll want to pass on to everyone you know."—Metro US"One of the most heartrending YA reads you’ll ever pick up. And despite the slight sci-fi twist, everything in the novel feels so very real. More Happy Than Not will leave you shaken for days, if not weeks." —Paste Magazine“Offers a sci-fi take on ‘conversion therapy,’ and faces the worst of anti-gay bigotry and violence head on.”—Vulture"What to expect if you read this unique story: complete and absolute heartbreak, probably tears (unless you're heartless, that is), and moments that will make you smile ear to ear." — "[Silvera] explores the possibilities of a world where death, and life, can be forgotten, roles rewritten and broken hearts mended. This is a story not just of a young man coming out, but a dramatic and heart-wrenching story of first loves, first heartbreaks, grief and the quest for happiness."—Shelf Awareness, Starred Review"For its explorations of sexuality, poverty, and race in the Bronx along with its subversion of the traditional hero’s journey, More Happy Than Not is one of this summer’s most anticipated YA debuts. And if you’re hesitant about its 'YA' distinction, the novel is also an absorbing, thought-provoking, and timely read for people of all ages—perfect for a day on the beach."—NEXT Magazine"[A story] of love and expectation and self-discovery, and of declaring yourself to a world that will never give you a soft landing."—B&N Teen Blog"A dark and deeply affecting book, More Happy than Not asks young readers to reflect courageously on the value of memory and self."—The Monitor"Throughout the story, the reader will find herself wanting to hug Aaron, shake him, and ultimately her heart will break for him. This reporter finished the book as though Aaron’s life depended on it." —Planet Jackson Hole"No matter who you are, More Happy Than Not is almost impossible not to enjoy." —Bucks County Courier Times"A mind-blowing story . . . A story about love, and acceptance that will absolutely break your heart." —"This is not like any story you've ever read about self-discovery and acceptance. This is the story about self-discovery and acceptance."—YA Books Central"Revolutionary . . . strikingly poignant . . . It is a stunning examination of why we make the choices we make." —"On top of the fact that More Happy Than Not is a great young adult novel and a great debut novel, this is just a good book. It's heartbreaking, funny and hopeful, and I don't think I'll be able to forget it." —The Spencer Daily Reporter"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."—VOYA "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"A fresh spin on what begins as a fairly standard, if well executed, story of a teen experiencing firsts—first love, first sex, first loss—and struggling with his identity and sexuality . . . Prejudice is illustrated with gut-wrenching brutality and its effects are scarring, but Silvera tempers it with the genuine love and acceptance Aaron receives from a few important friends and family members . . . Ingenious."—Booklist, Starred Review"Places a straightforward concept—what if you could erase unwanted memories?—squarely within an honest depiction of the pains of navigating the teen years and upends all expectations for a plot resolution . . . A multifaceted look at some of the more unsettling aspects of human relationships. A brilliantly conceived page-turner."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review"A gripping read—Silvera skillfully weaves together many divergent young adult themes within an engrossing, intense narrative."—School Library Journal, Starred Review"The novel takes an unexpected, complex turn . . . In the end, readers are left with a gripping story about one memorable teen, and if it also leaves them pondering how his life might have been different if various elements had been improved, that is likely the exact takeaway intended."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"[Silvera is] a phenomenal talent and is destined to be a star." —James Dawson, author of This Book Is Gay"An important new voice in YA literature, in More Happy Than Not Adam Silvera has created a passionate, searing narrative with characters who feel unique and totally familiar. I found myself rooting for Aaron Soto and his family from page one. More Happy Than Not is an unforgettable read."—Alex London, author of Proxy and Guardian"A debut as deft as it is sharp, as honest as it is assured, and, above all, extremely moving. Silvera pulls his punches with an energy, daring, and intensity that left me spellbound—and reminded me why I love to read." —Adele Griffin, author of The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone“Adam Silvera’s More Happy Than Not is a fantastic magic trick I haven't stopped thinking about since I finished reading and suspect will stay with me for some time to come.” —Jasmine Warga, author of My Heart and Other Black Holes"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