Synopsis: 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.
- More Happy Than not is a debut novel about sexuality, coming of age, and friendship. The Leteo Institute promises memory-relief procedures which seems too good to be true to Aaron Soto. He can't forget how he has grown up poor. Aaron's father has commuted suicide, and Aaron used to be suicidal himself. His girlfriend is supportive, but soon Thomas shows up. Now, Aaron is questioning himself and his realization that he is actually gay. He turns to the Leteo institute to provide relief and "fix" him even if it means forgetting who he is. I wasn't the biggest fan of this cover, until I just noticed the smiley face two seconds ago. That's actually cute, but the smiley face has a horrifying meaning in the book. More Happy Than Not is a fantastic debut novel, it is a diverse book which almost everyone should read. There are not many books about gay's, lesbian's, bisexuals or even transsexuals so it's always intriguing to learn about them. I don't support homosexuality or gay marriage because of my religious beliefs, but I can support an amazing story that is realistic. At the end of the day, the main character Aaron is a human being and of course, homophobia is ridiculous. It's not fair when others try to shove down their beliefs in someone's throat. This novel is also about depression and love.
- Aaron is a refreshing character in the young adult genre, he's hilarious, strong, and also quite vulnerable. His voice needs to be heard. Many people can relate to his character and have the same feelings he is going through. There is a love story in this novel, but it's not at all a cute and fluffy romance. The love story is much more deeper, and it's great that the relationship started out with a genuine friendship. It's always great if you can find a friend in your partner.
- It did take me a few chapters to get into this novel though, some parts slowed down for me.. Ultimately, this is a realistic novel about teens.. beings teens. They curse, fight, argue, and ultimately, they're confused. The novel has a great balance of actually having a good plot and a romance. This book helps people be more open minded and see homosexuals in a different light, regardless if you support homosexuality or not. This is one novel most people will be unable to forget.
Recommended for fans of Simon vs. The Homo sapiens, and Rainbow Boys.
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“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” —Nora Ephron