Sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto is struggling to find happiness after a family tragedy leaves him reeling. He's slowly remembering what happiness might feel like this summer with the support of his girlfriend Genevieve, but it's his new best friend, Thomas, who really gets Aaron to open up about his past and confront his future. As Thomas and Aaron get closer, Aaron discovers things about himself that threaten to shatter his newfound contentment. A revolutionary memory-alteration procedure, courtesy of the Leteo Institute, might be the way to straighten himself out. But what if it means forgetting who he truly is?
In his twisty, gritty, profoundly moving New York Times bestselling debut Adam Silvera brings to life a charged, dangerous near-future summer in the Bronx.
More Happy Than Not was published by Soho Teen on June 2nd, 2015.
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"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
"[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."
—The Los Angeles Times
"[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
"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
"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."
"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, 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
"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
"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, author of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
“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"
"In More Happy Than Not Adam Silvera harnesses a certain reckless energy and unleashes it through the voice of Aaron Soto."
-David Arnold, author of Mosquitoland