Review: Something Like Happy
Title: Something Like Happy
Author: Eva Woods
Release Date: September 5th, 2017
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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 Review: This story struck a cord with me and resonated with my soul. Both main characters have had horrible, awful, very bad things happen to them and they have very different approaches to dealing with their lives. The story shows us that there are ways to improve each day, to find small bits of happiness even among the darkest days. The book is full of life lessons and ways that we can make each day a little better, for ourselves and for the people we encounter each day. *Spoiler alert* - The book was a bit hard for me to get through because the main character has lost a baby at a young age and I just recently had a baby two weeks ago. Her loss of the baby was a lot for me to handle and gave me minor panic attacks thinking about losing my own child. I’m glad I powered through (skimming parts where the baby was mentioned) but I want other reads to be aware in case that might be a trigger for the.
*I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*