Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Something Like Happy by Eva Woods

 Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: September 5th 2017 by Graydon House

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.

My Thoughts…

I went through so many emotions reading this book.    There was sadness, hope, funny, and joy.     The idea of a person dying from brain cancer yet making the most of every day she has left is not a normal book topic.    Cancer is a taboo subject and I love how Eva Wood’s managed to take such a taboo subject and turn it into an uplifting and moving subject.   It is sad, yet Polly manages to make such a difference in the world during her few short days she has left.   

Annie, what a Debbie Downer, yet she understood Polly’s outlook.   They didn’t agree for a lot of the book yet they were truly best friends.     I liked that they called each other out, trying to outdo each other in the pity department at times, and always had each other’s backs in the short time they knew each other.  

Something Like Happy is a book that the reader will finish and sit and think about what they had just read.    There are so many life lessons to be learned in the book.    Friendships, relationships,  living life to the fullest, and being open to what is coming for you.     As Annie and Polly said you are dying every day so live life to the fullest, as if you were dying.

Thank you Katie Olsen at Little Bird Publicity and NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.  

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