The Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-relief procedure seems too good to be true to Aaron Soto — miracle cure-alls don’t tend to pop up in the Bronx projects. But Aaron can’t forget how he’s grown up poor or how his friends aren’t always there for him. Like after his father committed suicide in their one bedroom apartment. Aaron has the support of his patient girlfriend, if not necessarily his distant brother and overworked mother, but it’s not enough.
Then Thomas shows up. He has a sweet movie-watching setup on his roof, and he doesn’t mind Aaron’s obsession with a popular fantasy series. There are nicknames, inside jokes. Most importantly, Thomas doesn’t mind talking about Aaron’s past. But Aaron’s newfound happiness isn’t welcome on his block. Since he’s can’t stay away from Thomas or suddenly stop being gay, Aaron must turn to Leteo to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he is.
Adam Silvera’s extraordinary debut novel offers a unique confrontation of race, class and sexuality during one charged near-future summer in the Bronx.
This book was so good. And I can’t stress that enough. I looked at my Goodreads challenge,which told me I’ve read 15 books this year so far, and More Happy Than Not is easily number one so far. Aaron Soto is such a great main character and he made me feel so many things. This book made me laugh, cry, gasp, and even chew my fingernails off from worry. I finished this book on a flight back home last night and I think the girl next to me thought I was insane because of my reactions to this book. The ending is just so heartbreakingly and emotionally spectacular. Isn’t it weird how the more a book breaks our heart the more we tend to love it. Us booknerds, we’re masochists.
Adam Silvera is an insanely good writer, and very witty. There are lines in this book that I need printed on a shirt or a tote bag. I know for sure I’m going to have to cross stitch some of my faves, and I can’t wait until the books released so everyone can enjoy them with me. I can already picture this book being turned into a movie and having a director like Jason Reitman or Josh Boone with just a really talented no-name cast, and that would be absolutely amazing.
Early reviews that have been saying this book is a modern YA Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind are correct, it is. But it’s also so much more. Not saying ESotSM isn’t amazing, because it is, but this is just like it enough that we can compare the two, but so different that they are their own story, and I love that. If you couldn’t guess I’m giving this book 5 happy stars, and I encourage everyone to pick up a copy on release day and devour this book.