My rating: 4 of 5 stars
You know how I get happy? When I get good books from NetGalley. So thank you, Egmont USA and NetGalley, for this free title to review!
In this poignant, realistic, contemporary YA by a state master list star, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Gayle Forman, a young songwriter builds a substitute family with her friends in place of the broken family she grew up with.I just...wow. I love this book to pieces. Minerva is a great character. She had understandable reactions and felt so real. Her relationship with Fin was funny and supportive. They both looked out for each other. And Hayes.... Oh Hayes. I wish I knew guys as awesome as him. ;) He's such a cute gentleman.
Minerva has been raised by her single mother after her father left them both. On her 17th birthday, she is shocked to discover that he has been trying to keep in touch, but her mother has been sabotaging his attempts. Furious at her mom, she begins to investigate her dad, a famous marine biologist, only to discover that he has a new family, including a beloved, and perfect, stepdaughter--a girl Minerva already knows and despises. As she makes her way, trying to build her performing and songwriting career, her jealousy takes over and threatens to derail her life completely. It is only through the efforts of her best friend, Fin, and the introduction of Hayes, a new young man in her life, that she is able to see clearly who she is and who makes up her family.
There is a love triangle, but bear with me, people. This love triangle isn't the cliche: girl likes guy #1. New, mysterious guy #2 moves to town. Girl loves guy #2. She ditches guy #1 and she and #2 live happily ever after. But that's not how it went in Get Happy! Hayes actually had a personality. I can't say how it ends because 1: spoilers, and 2: I don't know. Spoiler: It's not resolved! I guess who she ends up with is left to the reader's imagination...? If so, I'm torn.[It's not resolved! I guess who she ends up with is left to the reader's imagination...? (hide spoiler)]
The only thing I didn't like was the ending. It didn't feel finished. I know this is only an ARC, so maybe this will be changed by October, when it comes out.
Would I buy other YA books by Mary Amato? You bet!
(I read this book in June, so I don't know how accurate this is)
Adult content: A
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