Monday, April 4, 2016

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Aaron Soto figures he's been through enough for his sixteen-almost-seventeen years. His dad committed suicide and Aaron nearly followed him about eight months ago. This summer Aaron's plans are to forget his problems, hang out with his girlfriend and play man-hunt with his friends when it's not too hot to stay outside.

But his girlfriend's off to camp, his best friend doesn't have time for him and his apartment is a depressing reminder of the hole in his family where his father used to be. When he strikes up a new friendship with Thomas, a teen from a different complex than the one he and his friends live in, it seems like finally something is going his way. Long summer days are way better when you have someone to hang out with.

This seems like the set up for a pretty straight forward coming of age novel - but More Happy Than Not is set in the near-future where medical science has discovered a procedure that allows people to have bad memories erased. It's an expensive and experimental procedure, but it's there.  It's a shadow hanging over the book. Aaron suspects his mom is interested in it for herself, and this option is definitely in the back of Aaron's mind when he thinks of the loss he's already suffered.

This thought provoking scenario combined with gorgeous writing makes Aaron's story get under your skin as you spend more time with him. This is brutally real science fiction that you won't be able to stop thinking about even after the last page.

More to read:

When Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

Up and Coming: Every Day by David Levithan

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Up and Coming: Forgotten by Cat Patrick

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