Published by Graydon House on September 5th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Chic Lit
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With wry wit and boundless heart, Eva Woods delivers an unforgettable tale of celebrating triumphs great and small, seizing the day, and always remembering to live in the moment.
“It's simple, really. You're just meant to do one thing every day that makes you happy. Could be little things. Could be big. In fact, we're doing one right now…”
Annie Hebden is stuck. Stuck in her boring job, with her irritating roommate, in a life no thirty-five-year-old would want. But deep down, Annie is still mourning the terrible loss that tore a hole through the perfect existence she'd once taken for granted—and hiding away is safer than remembering what used to be. Until she meets the eccentric Polly Leonard.
Bright, bubbly, intrusive Polly is everything Annie doesn't want in a friend. But Polly is determined to finally wake Annie up to life. Because if recent events have taught Polly anything, it's that your time is too short to waste a single day—which is why she wants Annie to join her on a mission…
One hundred days. One hundred new ways to be happy. Annie's convinced it's impossible, but so is saying no to Polly. And on an unforgettable journey that will force her to open herself to new experiences—and perhaps even new love with the unlikeliest of men—Annie will slowly begin to realize that maybe, just maybe, there's still joy to be found in the world. But then it becomes clear that Polly's about to need her new friend more than ever…and Annie will have to decide once and for all whether letting others in is a risk worth taking.
“A special book that will make you laugh through your tears with its heartfelt take on happiness and friendship.”—Amy E. Reichert, author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake
Something Like Happy is one those books that I read the blurb, it sounded like it would be a good read. But once I got started I realized that I’d started a book that put me way out of comfort zone. I tend to stay away from books that anything to do with people being ill. It’s just a person thing I have, but I decided that I would go ahead and try to give this a chance and I’m happy that I did. I will try and keep the spoilery to a minimum.
One of the two main characters, Annie, I didn’t care for at first, but I could see why see why she was so standoffish, sad and maybe even so miserable, so I gave her a chance to win me over as I kept reading and I was happy that she did too. Annie having been through the horrible loss, and then the events that followed that made her loss even worse, she finds herself in a place her life she doesn’t want to be. She is numb, going through her day like each and everyday, just because she has to. And having her Mother being diagnosed with early onset dementia was hard for her handle on top of everything else.
Polly, is a little pushy, but so bubbly, and can manipulate people quite well, but not in a bad way. Okay, let me explain. She’s sick, but somehow she sees the good and happiness in just about everything. I absolutely adores her. Polly just want those she’s around and her loved ones to see it too. Polly can talk people into doing some pretty outlandish things, but it brings them joy which is all she wants. Her mother and father were so caring when it came to their daughter, and Polly’s brother, he was great too. He loved her so much. The other character, like the doctors and Annie flatmate, they were so great too. They helped Annie and Polly anyway they could.
I love the way this was written. The chapters are for each day of the “100 days of happiness” and what they did on that specific day. It was a nice way to follow Annie and Polly on the quest that Polly had for Annie. To find happiness again. There were days that will make you laugh, and days that will make laugh and cry at the same time. I felt a lot of different emotions while reading Annie and Polly’s journey and while the ending had me crying buckets, it was a wonderful and fitting end. Something Like Happy is a story of second chances, and living life to the fullest each and every day. It was an uplifting read for me, and I would certainly recommend reading it.