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?
Published: 2nd June 2015
Rating: Throw it, 1 star
Read from 22nd to 27th December
I did not like this book at all. It went in a direction that I did not want and it did so in a really bad way. I don’t like these kinds of stories. They just don’t feel authentic and it’s so simplified for me.
I liked up to the first half until the “coming out” and then I just skipped most of it. It all just felt like a lie….. I’m just so tired of stories like this. I don’t need that perspective because I get it, the same reason that I don’t particularly read diverse books by choice. I grew up in a very multicultural place, I have had friends from all different backgrounds so I don’t need to educate myself.
The main problem I’ve found with peoples reasoning for diverse reading is that it’s too focused on a certain demographic. So why don’t people change what the character is based in their head? It’s the out roar people had about Hermione in the HP books versus the cursed child play. When I read the books she wasn’t white because I have had an upbringing with a multitude of races that my brain doesn’t make every character white.
I don’t like this book because it is so basic and simple and spells so much out in such a horrid and boring way. I don’t like the way that things unfold. The whole thing is such a massive chiche and I hate it.
I have absolutely no problem about the themes in these books but it does not benefit me because I have experienced this in real life. I get why it may be important for people that haven’t but I think it’s done in a poor way. I don’t agree that the way this is the best example of exploring the topic.
I also understand the lesson it tried to teach but it was just so boring and I didn’t want to read it. People seem to love this book but I just don’t get it. I think this is just a further example of me needing to change my taste.