Aaron Soto is sixteen years old and lives in the Bronx in a one bedroom apartment with this mother and older brother. He is on the cusp of adulthood and is about to reach a major life milestone: he is about to have sex with his girlfriend…right before Genevieve tells Aaron that she is going away to a three week painting retreat.
What is Aaron supposed to do without the love of his life?
When he meets Thomas, his summer changes. He finds in the other boy a best friend, who is interested in the same things Aaron is but lacks direction in his life. Aaron spends the better part of the summer helping Thomas figure out where is life is going; as the pair become closer, Aaron begins to realize that he is developing feelings for Thomas. He still loves Gen, but he also loves Thomas.
When things take a change for the worse, Aaron considers going to Leteo, a medical company that promises a pain free procedure to represent unwanted memories. Aaron wants to forget his summer with Thomas to help forget his feelings and live a normal life. But is that really for the best for Aaron? For everyone?
More Happy Than Not tackles some major life issues. It not only addresses the subject of homosexuality and how difficult it can be for young teens to come out, it also delves into what happens when one tries to suppress their memories and emotions. There are things about yourself you cannot simply forget or hide away, and More Happy Than Not does the difficult but successful task of addressing these issues.
I was apprehensive beginning Adam Silvera’s debut novel, but I quickly came to enjoy the story. (Normally I am not a fan of contemporary, but I’ve been attempting to read them more in an effort to have some reader’s advisory in mind when I become a librarian.) Silvera’s language is simple, much like how teens communicate which makes the story relatable. It is a wonderful story that everyone is encouraged to read to better understand the struggle teens go through in their young lives.
My rating: 4/5