More Happy Than Not

More Happy Than Not

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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After enduring his father's suicide, his own suicide attempt, broken friendships, and more in the Bronx projects, Aaron Soto, sixteen, is already considering the Leteo Institute's memory-alteration procedure when his new friendship with Thomas turns to unrequited love.
Publisher: New York : Soho Press, 2015
ISBN: 9781616955618
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Dec 14, 2018

The first half of the book was ghetto escapades which didn't really interest me. Too much cussing. Girls hardly existed in the story unless they were someone's mom or girlfriends. The book didn't get interesting until the middle when it has more to do with being gay and the Leteo procedure. It had me crying a lot, especially in the end. A good story that reminds readers to appreciate their negative memories instead of wishing for a miracle to erase them. Also a lesson that homosexuality is a genetic trait and can't be changed. But the main character's "evidence" for being gay was weak IMO; being a feminine boy doesn't make you gay. The boys he fell in love with were ones that he had an emotional closeness with.

LPL_MeredithW Jan 08, 2018

Thoughtful, gorgeous, and devastating, with wonderful teenage character voices.

Jul 13, 2017

I can't have much to say about this book except I'm totally and utterly in love

Jan 18, 2017

This may be a book to reread within weeks of the initial experience. It's unsettling, at times slow and awkward, and confusing. That may very well be due to the expression of Aaron Soto's experience throughout the story. To say he's going through a rough patch is an understatement.

Minority representation - and dual instances of race and sexual orientation - is slowly becoming more common in YA but still might be considered a niche topic for a specific audience. My question would be whether this could be considered an erasure of bisexuality in favor of simply being understood as gay; there are even fewer books that consider bisexual characters, much less protagonists.

Aaron's Puerto Rican heritage was a really interesting read and gave context to the cultural perspectives of his family and friends. It shaped the world and his environment. You could see how easy it was to be friends when growing up together like that. This makes the violent betrayal that much more devastating.

The desire to forget everything is understandable, and that desire is manifested in the Leteo Institute's technology. This plot point fell short due to how easily it came about. The analogy of quick fixes backfiring is a bit repetitive and a bit of a let down. I think the story may have been more powerful if there was an actual opportunity for Aaron to recover and work through the difficulties. It's important to show the realities of hate crimes in addition to the feel-good stories, but the ending fell flat and was a bit disappointing.

More Happy Than Not can be an important book, and provides a great opportunity for discussion for more than just the YA crowd.

Oct 22, 2016

Wow. Just wow. This book started off a little sceptically for me, I wasn't sure if I would like it, but man am I glad I stuck around and kept reading because it blew me out of the water. This book touches hearts with it's poetic sense of language at the same time as keeping it relatable to teens and what they might be going through. It definitely touched on some sensitive topics (suicide, homosexualness) but I believe that these are topics that need to be covered today and this book truly made me feel and understand the feelings of someone who is in these situations and is trying to make the best of it. I HIGHLY recommend this book, but I warn you, tears will most likely be shed!

Aug 31, 2016


Jul 15, 2016

one of the best books i've ever read

Jul 12, 2016

More Happy than Not had a very interesting plot, with a crazy turn that will leave readers on the edge of their seat until the end.
It was rather realistic in a sense by showing how cruel people can be to those who are not idealistically 'normal', but I feel as though all books about coming out yield negative results.
I personally enjoyed this book, but could not help wishing for just a few more novels where LGBTQ characters would have a happy ending or an accepting family. It is rather daunting to closeted teens, seeing in books, shows, movies, etc. of how difficult living an open life would be.
If you are one for a ride on a psychological, emotional roller coaster, this book may be for you.

Cynthia_N Apr 14, 2016

I enjoyed this book! Leteo Institute helps people forget difficult memories. It surprised me in a few spots!

ellie_o Mar 14, 2016

My disappointment in this book is that I'm not sure how accurately it portrays a teen trying to figure out his sexuality. As a hetero woman, I don't have personal experience. I've heard complaints, though, that books aren't portraying the full spectrum of sexuality. This seems especially true in cases like this book, where the line between being straight and gay is drawn very clearly. I wish that there were more depth/character development in that sense.
Otherwise, it's an interesting concept, and I'm sure it will stick in my mind for awhile. I'm definitely glad that I read it.

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Oct 22, 2016

"I've become this happiness scavenger that picks away at the ugliness of the world, because if there's happiness in my tragedies, I'll find it no matter what. If the blind can find joy in music, and the deaf can discover it with colors, I will do my best to always find the sun in the darkness because my life isn't one sad ending, it's a series of endless happy beginnings."
-Aaran Soto, More Happy Than Not

Jul 15, 2016

“Memories: some can be sucker punching, others carry you forward; some stay with you forever, others you forget on your own. You can't really know which ones you'll survive if you don't stay on the battlefield, bad times shooting at you like bullets. But if you're lucky, you'll have plenty of good times to shield you.”
― Adam Silvera, More Happy Than Not


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