I just finished this amazing book yesterday and I couldn’t wait to share it with you. I picked this up at the library because I heard nothing but great things about it. This is a Young Adult Fiction and it went above and beyond my expectations.
In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-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?
I don’t even know where to begin because there are so many reasons why I loved this book. Adam Silvera introduced us to a variety of characters and they all had a different purpose which you see differently in each chapter. One thing I loved was that this book was set in NYC, specifically the Bronx. I thought the dialogue and the set up was spot on which I loved because I was born and raised in New York. It was like seeing the people I was surrounded by everyday come to life through his words. If you’re looking for well developed fiction this is the right book for you. Silvera touched on real life topics such as suicide, homosexuality, love, rejection, etc. He pulls at every emotion you can muster and really gave insight into gender identity. This book reminded me of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe and if you loved that book then you will absolutely love this. This is a heartbreaking, gut wrenching, and powerful story. Be prepared because there are a lot of surprises. I can’t think of anything else to say because you just have to pick it up and read it. You won’t regret it. The quote below is one of my favorites. Just a little glimpse as to what this book is made of.
“Memories: some can be sucker punching, others carry you forward; some stay with you forever, others you forget on your own. You can’t really know which ones you’ll survive if you don’t stay on the battlefield, bad times shooting at you like bullets. But if you’re lucky, you’ll have plenty of good times to shield you.”
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and Happy Reading!!!