“In his twisty, gritty, profoundly moving New York Timesbestselling-debut—also called “mandatory reading” and selected as an Editors’ Choice by the New York Times—Adam Silvera brings to life a charged, dangerous near-future summer in the Bronx.
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?”
~Synopsis from Goodreads
Okay, honestly this book is forgettable. At least to me. A lot of people love this book and like I can see why, but it just wasn’t my favorite book. It was interesting and depressing, but I didn’t feel like it really dealt with the homophobia within the book. It seemed like nothing was really resolved. Aaron was still ashamed of himself, while the people around him became accepting.
I don’t have much to say on this book because it was just okay. I don’t know if that’s because it’s a debut novel or if Adam Silvera is just very overhyped.
I ended up giving this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars. I did enjoy this book, but it was pretty slow. I would recommend this to older audiences because it does talk a lot about suicide and depression. It also has a few trigger warnings, so I would look into those before giving this book a shot if you do have some triggers.
Until Next Time,