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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

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Moving...

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.

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Par for the course

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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  • Eli
  • Manila
  • 01-17-16

Oh, my god. Oh, my god. Oh, my god.

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?

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Awesome read!

Such an unexpectedly good story about a boy trying to figure it all out. Definitely take sometime out to listen/ read this book.

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not what i expected

i enjoyed it very much. walked in with closed eyes witch made it better. i did not predict any of it until it was to late .. and i love that .

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Hmm

It was a slow build but worth it. But I didn't really like the performances special when he did or attempted to make the female voices.

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Great performance

Finally, a different kind of story! Really enjoyed it..some funny parts, some sad.

Ramon did an excellent job on all the characters.

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A must have!

Haven't had a good cry for awhile, and this book was absolutely worth the ensuing headache!!

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  • LINCOLN
  • LOS ANGELES, CA United States
  • 09-07-17

Not what I expected, but still good

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to very introspective friends, not ones looking for action or romance stories.

What did you like best about this story?

The ending was ' different " not wanting to give to much away. I liked the main character, somber and believable. It is a slow spiraling story but I was never bored. You must like getting in some ones head and feelings to appreciate this book.

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surprisingly good

I wasn't sure what to expect and when I read the summary again I wasn't sure why I bought it. But this is a very well told sensitive story about finding out, and the journey to accept who you are. Helped along by a little sci-fi device. It is about teenage characters and is probably YA, but is written with an adult story line and dialogue.

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  • Andrew
  • 01-06-18

wonderful

such a genuinely sweet story. This is now the 3rd book of his I read and I'm hooked

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  • Nick Simms
  • 03-31-18

Great book

Would you listen to More Happy Than Not again? Why?

I re-listened a few parts just to re-cap some details. Probably not listen again as its not Adam's best novel

What did you like best about this story?

The intimacy within the writing.... Adam is a very clever author. Transmits feeling!!

What does Ramon de Ocampo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He brings a human personality that the reader can imagine.....the voice

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Mixed emotions. made me smile and also feel sad

Any additional comments?

A good book. Adam's writing improves with subsequent novels........ I wish I had read this one before his others

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  • Katy
  • 03-08-18

Made me cry and laugh

I found this book hard to get into but ended up loving it just as much as Adam Silvera's other book 'They Both Die At The End' such a beautifully written book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-22-18

Surprised every time

I've now read/listened every single book Adam has written and I love them all. Please never stop writing.