Today I have a review of Something Like Happy by Eva Woods.
I was graciously contacted by the Little Bird Publicity Team and a copy of this book was provided to me for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review. All thoughts, opinions, and feels are my own.
Release Date: September 2017
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.
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I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.
I was not aware of the #100HappyDays social media phenomenon prior to reading this book, so I went into it cautiously optimistic. By the end, I could definitely see why the idea of doing 100 happy things over the course of 100 days would be so popular. I know that I can find myself stuck in a rut and feeling that the world is out to get me while believing that everyone else is having the time of their lives; however, this just isn’t true. We are all feeling at odds for a multitude of individual reasons, but life is all about the ups and downs and this book asks us to gracefully embrace all aspects of that life in its entirety. More importantly, whatever your circumstances, the ability to find joy always exists. While that can seem overly simplistic, sappy, or even condescending depending on your situation, the story never came across in that way. This is an introspective and emotional roller coaster that is worth every tear and laugh.
I absolutely adored the friendship that developed between Annie and Polly. Each of these women is strong in their own way and highly relatable, but they needed each other to find the strength to face the devastating struggles they are separately enduring. Polly’s infectious personality brings spirit back to Annie who is slowly sleepwalking her way through life, while Annie challenges Polly with honesty. They push each other to be the best they can be and their shared experiences brings new understanding to their struggles.
Overall, this was a heartwarming story that delivered a gut-wrenching punch of inspiration. Life is definitely what you make of it, but the power of true friendship and hope can certainly make even the most insurmountable situation much more bearable. I hope you pick this one up because I know I will find myself revisiting this book as a reminder that every small step toward positivity can bring us closer to discovering our own version of being “something like happy.”
Many thanks again to Little Bird Publicity and Eva Woods! It was a pleasure providing a review!