My feelings on Adam Silvera’s More Happy Than Not accurately summed up in .gif form:
This is one of those books you don’t even want to talk about, if that makes sense. I read this book during Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon and knew basically nothing about it going in — I knew it was LGBT, kind of a contemporary SciFi, and there was something akin to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind in the plot: an organization that is promoting a new “medical cure” — a procedure which erases people’s memories to cure them of PTSD, forget abuse, even change certain aspects of their personality by erasing the memories associated with them.
The basic story is this: while the main character Aaron is reeling from his father’s suicide, living in a crappy, impoverished inner-city neighborhood, and basically scraping to get by, he begins to question his sexuality. And as the stark reality of what this life means in a neighborhood like his really sets in, he decides he wants to have his memories erased in the hopes that he can chemically remove this part of him.
I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT ELSE TO SAY EXCEPT THIS BOOK IS SO, SO, SO GOOD. I DEVOURED IT. CRAMMED HANDFULS OF IT IN MY MOUTH AND CRUNCHED IT UP AND GULPED IT DOWN. I didn’t want to close this book. I didn’t want to blink while reading. (Which, considering it was a 24 hour readathon, was kinda perfect.) This is one of those books you don’t want to be spoiled for, because the fun is in the journey, in discovering the rules and games and folds of this world, and wondering what the main character is going to do and how he’ll survive.
More Happy THan Not has been compared to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Memento, and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe, and I think it’s a perfect mishmash of them all. Interesting, fast-paced, has Sunshine’s scary memory-deleting organization, that kind of Memento feel of the reader trying to piece the plot together as the character tries to do the same, and the Ari and Dante beauty of a wonderfully written LGBT read. I cannot recommend it more.