Happiness shouldn't be this hard...
When it first gets announced, the Leteo Institute's memory-alteration procedure seems too good to be true to Aaron Soto; miracle cure-alls don't tend to pop up in the Bronx projects. Aaron can't forget how he's grown up poor, how his friends all seem to shrug him off, and how his father committed suicide in their one-bedroom apartment. He has the support of his patient girlfriend, if not necessarily his distant brother and overworked mother, but it's not enough.
Then Thomas shows up. He doesn't mind Aaron's obsession over the Scorpius Hawthorne books and has a sweet movie setup on his roof. There are nicknames. Aaron's not only able to be himself, but happiness feels easy with Thomas. The love Aaron discovers may cost him what's left of his life. But since Aaron can't suddenly stop being gay, Leteo may be the only way out.
©2015 Adam Silvera (P)2015 Recorded Books
It's very difficult to keep this book at heart. I can't help but remember Adele's song, "All I Ask."
"If this is my last night with you, hold me like I'm more than just a friend. Give me a memory I can use… It matters how this ends 'cause what if I never love again?"
I knew from the start that this book isn't just a light read on certain social issues, but my goodness.
All we do want is just to be happy. Aaron just wants to be happy. Happy with himself. Happy in life. But I believe Aaron's struggles in his journey is ultimately society's fault. A boy in his position should not be subject to so much prejudice & hate. It pains me so much to see a boy, even a fictional boy, be broken because of society. It is our responsibility to stop things like the evils that succumbed Aaron's journey to ever happen in the real world. Children around the world live in persecution for being who they are, or even die by their own hands or by another's. IT IS NOT FAIR!
I cry for all the hate in this world. Stupid, ignorant hate.
Arguably, the Leteo Institute's memory-alteration procedure in More Happy Than Not is also a repercussion of how society can try to help itself; it can also damage itself. Memory alteration really is an interesting subject. Would it be helpful, or harmful? That, I would hold to you, reader, to contemplate on. But, here we see that society can really help and kill people. It matters how it ends.
I will do my part in making this world better. For the sake of Aaron, a character in a world beyond my reach. For me, do I have a choice. Would I rather be happy than not. Would you?
Wow. This book takes you through a gambit of emotions and makes you consider how life could be if you could forget certain things in a very telling yet sad way. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
This book was very long but was an easy listen/read. There are lots of twists and turns and it left me a little bit confused at the end. If I had the opportunity I would not listen/read it again.
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