More Happy Than Not

Adam Silvera

fiction contemporary lgbtqia+ young adult
emotional reflective fast-paced

293 pages | first published 2015

Part Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, part Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Adam Silvera's extraordinary debut confronts race, class, and sexuality during one charged near-future summer in the Bronx.

Sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto is struggling to find happiness after a family tragedy leaves him reeling. He's slowly remembering what happiness might feel like this summer with the support of his girlfriend Genevieve, but it's his new best friend, Thomas, who really gets Aaron to open up about his past and confront his future.

As Thomas and Aaron get closer, Aaron discovers things about himself that threaten to shatter his newfound contentment. A revolutionary memory-alteration procedure, courtesy of the Leteo Institute, might be the way to straighten himself out. But what if it means forgetting who he truly is?

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sad 90%
emotional 87%
reflective 51%
dark 48%
challenging 31%
hopeful 18%
tense 15%
mysterious 11%
inspiring 6%
funny 4%
adventurous 2%
lighthearted 2%


medium 71%
fast 16%
slow 11%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 90% | A mix: 4% | Plot: 4%

Strong character development?

Yes: 76% | It's complicated: 18% | No: 3% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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