“More Happy Than Not” Book Review

Author: Adam Silvera

Publisher: Soho Teen

Synopsis: In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again—but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.

Why does happiness have to be so hard? Via Amazon

Overall Rating: 4.5 stars

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Kidnap the Sun (A Short Story)

This story was written in response to homophobic comments made by a certain writer. The story features characters with names featured in the famous work by said writer, but the characters are unrelated (unless you’d like to headcanon them that way, in which case, my control dies here). Enjoy.

 

 

He’d always had one of those smiles—so bright it was as if he’d kidnapped the sun. Carla used to joke that it was all those tic tacs, tiny cut outs of a burning star that fed his ever-present joy. I just nodded along because the year was 1969, and boys like me, boys who liked other boys, were just as new as those sun-bright breath mints Johnny seemed to live off of.

That didn’t stop me from getting close, attempting to bask in just enough heat so as not to get burned. I lent Johnny my books because he loved to read and my notebook because he was too busy reading to take notes. I walked home from school with him, our sneakers scuffing up gravel and our backpacks thumping our shoulder blades in a syncopated rhythm. He’d whistle and I’d hum along, our heartbeats the metronome to keep the tempo consistent.

And then his mother would be waiting at the door, a sharp glint in her eye like a violent meteor with its course set to tear a hole between us. She always kept her hair tidily in a bun, her lipstick soft and pink, the color women were supposed to wear to please their husbands, boys like Johnny who would never like boys like me.

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Evie Weiss Character Interview

Here’s the first official interview with Evie, the main protagonist from Plastic Wings, which releases November 22, 2016.

How about you tell us a little bit about you? What’s your favorite color? Favorite hobbies? Etc?

 

To be honest, I haven’t thought much about my favorite color. Considering recent events, I’ll say green. As for hobbies, I love reading and drawing, and I really love spending time with nature. 

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On Tim Burton

Have you ever been so angry you just had to be productive?

 

I think it’s been going around long enough for most of us to be aware of what happened with Tim Burton. For anyone who isn’t, long story short, another celebrity just had to stand up to say how unnecessary diversity is. Not only did Mr. Burton feel the need to point out that diversity just isn’t important, he even felt it necessary to share how he had to spend his childhood watching black movies without ever demanding there be white actors in them. The poor soul.

If you’re anything like me and you grew up with a sick fascination toward the dark, gruesome, and disturbing, then you probably spent a lot of hours appreciation the work of Tim Burton. It’s honestly heartbreaking to look at someone and think, “You used to be one of my biggest inspirations, and now I can’t even stomach the thought of you.”

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