Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 2nd 2015 by Soho Teen
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The Leteo Institute's revolutionary memory-relief procedure seems too good to be true to Aaron Soto -- miracle cure-alls don't tend to pop up in the Bronx projects. But Aaron can't forget how he's grown up poor or how his friends aren't always there for him. Like after his father committed suicide in their one bedroom apartment. Aaron has the support of his patient girlfriend, if not necessarily his distant brother and overworked mother, but it's not enough.
Then Thomas shows up. He has a sweet movie-watching setup on his roof, and he doesn't mind Aaron's obsession with a popular fantasy series. There are nicknames, inside jokes. Most importantly, Thomas doesn't mind talking about Aaron's past. But Aaron's newfound happiness isn't welcome on his block. Since he's can't stay away from Thomas or suddenly stop being gay, Aaron must turn to Leteo to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he is.
Adam Silvera's extraordinary debut novel offers a unique confrontation of race, class and sexuality during one charged near-future summer in the Bronx.
What makes me more happy than not?
My answer? Friends.
There's a Chinese saying that when you're at home, you depend on your family. But when you leave home, you need to depend on friends. And I've found that's especially true as you get older. You have work friends, non-work friends, blog friends and more.
Friends are the people you can hang out with, the people you can debate politics with, and the people that you can geek out with, and also share newfound interests with.
I'm especially happy when I make friends that I know who genuinely get me, deep down, total quirks and all. I talk a lot about Favorite Librarian on Twitter, and he's definitely one of those people. We initially met each other through work, and the second or third time we encountered each other, I cheerfully (and firmly) announced to him, "We're going to be friends. GOOD FRIENDS. No arguments."
The fact that he didn't side-eye me or walk away, and instead laughed and said "Sure," basically told me that he got me. And I was right. I don't think it's a secret that I've struggled with living where I currently live, and it's because of friendships like his, that I can find the humor in where I live.
I have other friends like that too, and I'm so grateful for all of them. So I hope that they will also read this post, and realize that they are the reason why I'm more happy than not.
Bottom line: I'm glad I got to share my happiness with all of you, and I'm definitely looking forward to Adam's book!