Something Like Happy

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 19 Sep 2019

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After reading some bad reviews on this book, I just knew I had to give it a go. You can't help but like the characters of Jade and Nick. I also believe any book that brings awareness of mental health, deserves recognition.
With a few tweaks here and there I think those bad reviews will stop. I enjoyed it 3.5*
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This was a very relatable book about a very relatable character. We all have "one of those days" and this book does a great job at showcasing the internal voice of someone struggling with mental illness and how big of an impact having a friend makes. One thing that could be improved is the storytelling as it was a little confusing to follow at times.
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It's positive to see mental health issues being dealt with so readily in fiction and I liked this book especially for the way the issues were portrayed as only one facet of the character's lives. Just as in real life. Written with a light touch and in a readable style, it was nonetheless thought provoking.

Many thanks to NetGalley and to the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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I received a complimentary copy of this book through Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
On the anniversary of her sister's death, Jade visits the bridge where she jumped and finds Nick about to commit suicide.  Trying to help him, she decides to meet with him to complete tasks on her "happy list ".  This soon turns to friendship, then a relationship. But can Jade fight the crippling depression in Nick that took her sister?
Although I liked the different pov in each chapter , I found Nick's character extremely needy and annoying. I like that Jade was able to stop blaming herself for her sister's death by helping others. She made a really strong, positive character.
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Jade has recently lost her sister and Nick, having just moved to Glasgow, is finding it hard to fit in. It is hard to find real connection and friendship as an adult. 

Jade finds Nick on a bridge contemplating suicide. The story begins when Jade decides to share her happy list with him. Can Jade and Nick find an answer to happiness? 

This book deals with the impact of mental health issues so beautifully. It doesnā€™t dramatise them nor does it make them seem insignificant - the issues are dealt with honestly and ordinarily, as they are in real life. I read this book in one sitting and really enjoyed it.
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Round up to 3.5 stars. 

Something Like Happy is easy to read, although heavily focused on mental health (trigger warning).

Jade has had a tough past year, dealing with the death of a family member, when she meets Nick, who is having his own troubles and finding difficulty in his move to Glasgow.

Pushing aside her grief, Jade decides to help Nick discover different ways to find happiness and refocus his energy in a more positive manner.

But will it be enough to get Nick out of his depression? Will her efforts only remind Jade of her own grief, or help her accept what has happened?

Greene does a solid job of writing about mental health issues cropping up in the daily lives of everyday people. She creates relatable characters and realistic situations we can see ourselves and those around us in.
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I wanted to like this book.  I have dealt with mental health issues in the past and was looking forward to reading a fictional book about it but I wasn't sure how it was going to be.  I love reading Chick Lit books however this subject matter was just too heavy for a easy read.  The constantly changing point of view was disjointed at best.

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Based on the description I was really excited for this book, couldn't wait to jump into it. I love books about mental health and when done right they can be life changing. See Matt Haig for this kind of material. this however was not quite there. I actually didn't care that much about the characters and found myself bored at times...
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Thanks to Netgalley for this book! I went into this book knowing nothing about it, which was a blessing; because if I had, I might not have picked it up at all. 
Not to say that I didn't like this. Quite the opposite. 

The story opens with Nick on a bridge, getting ready to kill himself.  He's had a bad day, but on top of everything else that's been going on, he's more than ready to end it. Jade happens upon him and talks him down, convinces him to meet her next week to do something on what she calls a 'happy list' and that's where the story begins. 

The story is simply written and what you see is what you get. However, the subject matter is immediately recognisable. To everyone who's suffered from depression at one point, so much of Nick's life will ring true. Jade's guilt, her reluctance to be with Nick who is clearly troubled but unwilling to seek (professional) help; all are emotions that we might have experienced at one time or another. 

Having said that, I thought the writing seemed rushed in parts. The plot lacked certain details necessary to understand the motivations of the character better. I'm not entirely sure what Nick's great idea at the end even is. 

Overall, this is a simple, breezy read which is perfect for a saturday evening read, curled up in bed.
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Something like happy-  I love reading books that provide glimpsehs into real life mental health issues and this book perfectly fit the bill.

This book is much more than a romance and serendipity. Jade and Nick, through their relationship, shed different perspectives on how mental illness effects everyone in everyday life. Both  points of view are valid and relevant today. 

All the characters they interact with  are  real and go along way to prove that- it takes a village even in to adulthood.

 I liked how mental illness is portrayed and that being in love is to shown as the cure. The emphasis  put on talking out feelings is a very important  message    to others in similar  situations, especially, young  adults. 

However, the changes in the POV could have been better. It seemed haphazard and distracting at times. The book also  reminded me alot of How to fall in love by Cecelia Ahern which is another spectacular read.  

*A copy of this book was sent to me by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All ratings and opinions are based solely on my personal preference*

Luanna
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This was such a great read. Iā€™m always wary when people write about mental health issues, however, this was dealt with honestly and harshness at times. It is a story of recovery - living in spite of mental health issues as opposed to them dictating how you live your life. The characters felt so real searching for peace, love and forgiveness. It is about overcoming obstacles and living the best life you can. 5 šŸŒŸšŸŒŸšŸŒŸšŸŒŸšŸŒŸ
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I enjoyed this book but i didn't love it. When i read the synopsis of it, I was really looking forward to reading. The topic of mental health and suicide is so important and one i feel strongly about so i was glad to see it being written about. I loved the idea of the story, but I couldn't really take to the characters too much. The secondary characters were more interesting to me. Worth a read none the less.
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Really enjoyed this novel. The writing flowed and the characters were depicted very well. Couldn't wait to find out what happens next.
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I will definately be thanking netgalley,the publishers and the author for this book. But I have to say that its not for me. I am sure many others have enjoyed it quiet a lot but I found it lacking and quit halfway across the book. So for better or for worse its not my type. But will definately recommend others to atleast try this one.
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Really enjoyed this book. It kept me interested all the way through. I would definitely recommend to a fellow reader. I like the cover as well.
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Really wanted to like and finish this book, but I just didnt feel for the characters and that made me not interested in the story.
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I found this a bit too much like a book with the same title by Eva Woods.

Loved the fact that the subject matter of mental health is covered,  something that is so prominent in this day and age and needs to be covered sensitively and courageously like Sasha has done so.

Unfortunately I just didnt connect with the characters at all and found there were so many changes in POV that I struggled to keep up.

I had to really push myself to get through the book so for that reason I give 2.5 stars.

Thanks to netgalley and Hatper Impulse & Killer Teads for the ARC.
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I liked this book and that it covered depression in a meaningful way.  I was a little thrown by how similar the concept is to another book of the same name by Eva Woods (which I loved).  Maybe because of that I was harsher on this one?  I didn't connect with the characters and as other reviewers have said, the jumping perspectives threw me more than once.  I liked this one but I don't see myself reading it again.
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Being someone who struggles with mental health issues, namely depression and anxiety, this really struck a cord with me as to the importance of speaking about your problem and the effects of not doing so. A thoroughly good and insightful read.
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I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.   Thank you NetGalley.  

This book tackles the subject of depression without judgement.. which every teenager and adult needs.   Being an adult isn't easy.. and it's okay to feel that way. 
easy read for sure.
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