If you had the chance to erase some memories, to change yourself…would you?
‘More Happy’ focuses on the tragic life of Adam Soto, a sixteen year old from the Bronx. Like any teenager he’s struggling through school, work-life, friendships and relationships. Unlike most teens have a smiley scar on his wrist, and attempt to take his life, reminding him and the reader about his past. A past which slowly unravels in the book.
A lot of mystery and intrigue surrounds the new memory altering ‘Leteo Procedure’ a medical procedure that allows the recipient to erase painful, traumatic memories. This could, as a result alter their entire personality. Adam speaks of a friend of his who forgot about the existence of his twin brother.
Growing up in the Bronx, Adam has a great girlfriend, Genevieve and he spends his time hanging out with a bunch of guys as they play games around the neighbourhood. He has a part time job at a mini-mart and stays out the way of his older brother, Eric, for the most part. Whilst playing one of these games, he encounters a mysterious newbie, Thomas. Thomas is an instantly likeable character and the boys quickly become close. So close that it feels familiar. Very familiar indeed.
Adam begins to question himself. He thinks he needs “fixing” and fast…Leteo is the answer, right?
It’s hard to say more and keep this spoiler free but let me say, that this book hits you right in the feels.From the outside, I think it can look quite simple and at first, I thought it was going to be a simple romance. But it is SO much more and the story unravels, you learn more about Adam than even he knows himself.
Each relationship with the characters are woven so beautifully. I particularly appreciated the positive effects the women in his life have on Adam. His mum and Gen are so strong and I really liked them as individual entities within the story.
I think this is a very important book to read for young adults and adults a like. The premise of Leteo is certainly an interesting one and as a reader you’re left wondering if you’d erase memories and if you would, what would you choose to forget.
The whole story is wrapped in neatly in under 250 pages but I think this fabulous debut from Adam Silvera could have benefited from 50 or so more pages. Though the abrupt ending is completely understandable, given the narrative, I wasn’t quite ready to let go of the characters yet. I was just falling in love with Adam when the book ended and as I said before, I really loved his mum and Gen and wouldn’t have minded seeing more of them too.
With this in mind, I’m giving this novel 4.5/5 loving stars
A definite must pick up. I’m really excited to read more of Adam’s work in the future.
Thank you lovelies and happy reading! xo