Thursday, September 7, 2017

Review: Something Like Happy by Eva Woods

Something Like Happy
by Eva Woods

Publisher: Graydon House
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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.

Kritters Thoughts:  Annie Hebden has had a lot happen in her life and she hasn't recovered from any of it as it keeps piling on.  The current drama is the dissolution of her marriage and her mother in the hospital for early on set dementia, it is in the hospital where she meets Polly who is a patient and will completely change her life.

With the help of Polly, Annie is challenged to do a 100 days of happiness challenge where each day she either does something or finds happiness in something each day.  I loved how the book was edited with long and short chapters each with a title of what Annie did or how she found happiness in that day and the short or long snippet of that day.  

I couldn't divulge too much about the book because it is so worth the read and the little surprises inside are great.  There were pages where I was crying and then the next I would be laughing out loud, it was a book full of feels!  I read this on vacation and it was the PERFECT vacation read to dip in and out of by a pool or curling up for an afternoon of quiet.  

I was excited to do research on this author after I finished and find that she has two books on her backlist that I will have to read very soon!

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Little Bird Publicity.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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