More Happy Than Not

Narrated by: Ramon de Ocampo
Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
Categories: LGBT, Literature & Fiction
4 out of 5 stars (529 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Hilarious and heartbreaking

4.5 ⭐️
Hilarious, adorable, heartbreaking and almost perfect.
I have been putting off reading More Happy Than Not because I didnt want my heart to be broken by this book! The title itself is a warning ⚠️.
I am less happy than i was before i read this but not broken, but way less happy.
This is one of the few LGBTQ novels that i really enjoyed.
I want to be in love. I want to want that person, those people in my life. I want to be that person that he loves. I want to be consumed by their love and passion. Thats what i want from a contemporary. That is what this book gave me. All the feels, all the love and happiness but also alot of important topics that Adam wrote so wonderfully. It had depth and made me think and ah I loved it.
Taking his memory in order to forget hes gay, trying get his life back the way it was.

I LOVE trade date but I think he would be taking me to the bookstore every trade date.
I now need to read every Adam Silvera book.

"Slice a smile through my throat"

"Beautiful enough to turn you straight"

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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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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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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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Not worth it

I liked the reader. That is really the only positive thing I can say.

I did not enjoy this. It tried to break the tropes of classic gay literature while only to fall back into them in painful ways. I thought the story arc seemed a bit all over the place and the protagonist was VERY annoying. Teenagers are self-centered sure, but this was another level. I also understand the idea that trauma is relived, but this was pretty ridiculous. 0/10 would not recommend.

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Mind Blowing

This book messed me up emotionally. Its heartbreaking and terrible. I love it so much. Its going to be one of all time favorites.

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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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Ready to refund, then bawling eyes out.

Without spoiling anything, you may either cry tears of joy or utter despair at the end. This is NOT a coming out gay trashy romance novel like I thought it was going to be from start to at least two thirds in. It gets real, and the protagonist's sexuality plays not only a convincing role, but one that I feel does it justice in a way.
You will probably have to sit through half of it before it actually gets going, but it is definitely worth it. It was definitely worth more than the sale price I bought it for.

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  • A. Listener
  • 05-03-19

SPOILERS BELOW!

Damn it! Not again..
Adam Silvera is such a brilliant writer, but all of his stories have left me feeling depressed.
None of his characters (at least those on Audible, that I have listened to) get happy endings.
Except for maybe "History Is All You Left Me". But that didn't really feel like one, either, because of the twist.

I can't knock the story itself, though. It's well written, and interesting. And the narrator is fantastic. He really brings the story to life.
So I gave the story full marks because it certainly earned them.
I'd just like to read something by the author that leaves me feeling more hopeful.

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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.