Something Like Happy by Eva Woods is one of those books that will stay with you. It’s funny and it’s sad, at times you won’t even know if you want to laugh or cry. I liked it so much that if this was ever made into a movie, I’d be the first one in line to watch it.
In Something Like Happy, Eva Woods gives you a look into true friendships. How others see life and death and how someone can deal with the struggles presented to them in their own different way.
Polly and Annie are night and day, and I think that’s the reason their relationship works. Ever optimist Polly succeeds at getting the best of ever pessimist Annie. The way Annie pushes her away at first is how anyone would react if they had a stranger knocking at their door. But the way in which Polly carves her way into Annie’s world and how she makes Annie see what she’s missing out on is ingenious.
Polly is a narcissist in her own way, but not annoying. Her reasons for doing what she does, for manipulating her loved ones into doing outrageous things, are acceptable given what she faces and what 100 days mean to her.
Annie, on the other hand, is trying to survive living one day at a time but she’s still stuck in her past and that pain. With Polly’s help, she learns to finally let go and live again. Even if at first it seems Polly is forcing her, but soon she sees Polly is right.
I had high hopes that Polly would cheat time and be happier a little longer, but she leaves the same way she first comes… Suddenly. I can say so much about this book, like it’s one of the best I’ve read in 2017 and that I wish everyone
I can say so much about this book. It’s one of the best books I’ve read in 2017 and I wish anyone who comes across it gives it a chance. It’ll be worth it.
Something Like Happy
Graydon House Books
September 5, 2017
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. “A special book that will make you laugh through your tears with its heartfelt take on happiness and friendship.”—Amy E. Reichert, author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake
Evie is a certified PMP by day. Reading has been and always will be one of her favorite pastimes, but she also enjoys sharing her thoughts about other interests. A romantic at heart, she’s an eclectic music junkie and wine lover. Checking out nearby restaurants featured on the Food Network is a must, and HGTV is usually to blame for all the decorating and redecorating in her house. Travel is part of her life agenda, and the beach is her own personal space to dream and relax.