Author: Adam Silvera Publisher: Soho Teen Release Date: June 2nd 2015 Genre: YA Fiction, Contemporary Pages: 304 ––– In his twisty, gritty, profoundly moving debut—called “mandatory reading” by the New York Times—Adam Silvera brings to life a charged, dangerous near-future summer in the Bronx.
In the months after his father's suicide, it's been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again--but he's still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he's slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.
When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron's crew notices, and they're not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can't deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can't stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute's revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.
Why does happiness have to be so hard? ––– Wow. I’m really glad I’m finally got around to reading this because it was about time!! I’d anticipated Silvera’s second book History is All You Left Me (review here!!) for quite a while and when I read it and adored it, I immediately his debut More Happy Than Not. And although I prefer History, I really enjoyed this one. For a debut, it was so profound and gripping and an emotional rollercoaster.
“The boy with no direction taught me something unforgettable: happiness comes again if you let it.”
Aaron is in a relationship with Genevieve and when she leaves for a few weeks, he starts to become more involved with a new friend Thomas. And slowly but surely, he realises he has feelings for Thomas and he is in fact gay. But seen as he figures that being straight means him living a much easier life, he does some research into the Leteo Institute – a place that gets rid of unwanted memories and helps you forget. So he decides to go, trying to forget that he’s gay so he can be happy with Genevieve and the end result is heart-breaking.
The plot was so compelling and so uniqye and I enjoyed it the whole way through, just like how I adored Silvera’s style of writing. I think he has such an eloquence to it and a sense of originality attached.
The characters were fantastic and I found myself feeling so very emotionally attached to poor Aaron and I just wanted him to be happy! I think it was an excellent book for a debut and his second book shows that he can improve even further – therefore, you won’t be surprised that I cannot wait for They Both Die at the End!