Something Like Happy

Something Like Happy

Book - 2017
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Baker & Taylor
Thirty-five-year-old Annie Hebden is stuck in a rut until her bubbly new friend, Polly Leonard, challenges her to try a new way to be happy each day for one hundred days.

Harlequin
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

Baker
& Taylor

Thirty-five-year-old Annie Hebden is stuck in a rut until her bubbly new friend, Polly Leonard, challenges her to try a new way to be happy each day for 100 days. 70,000 first printing.

Publisher: Don Mills, Ont. : Graydon House, c2017
ISBN: 9781525811357
Branch Call Number: FIC WOO
Characteristics: 424 p. ;,24 cm.

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SaccharineLove
May 11, 2018

I received this book as a Valentine's Day special where I only got a short description of the book without able to view the synopsis nor even taken a look inside the book as it was wrapped up with brown paper. I was skeptical this will be a good read but the description drew me in. I was quite surprised how much the book moved me and that the stories are so relevant to our everyday life that I was able to connect to the main character (Annie) quite well. Although the beginning is a bit dry and dreary, it does gets way better as it is near the end! I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is looking for a good laugh and just a bit of joy on their saddest days!

DPLaprilteenservices Mar 09, 2018

Nothing too challenging here, though as a new mom it was tough to read about the main character's primary trauma. A good fictional read for anyone who's taken a look at Gretchen Rubin's The Happiness Project.

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Butterfly121761
Jan 12, 2018

My difficulty was that it reminded me so much of Me Before You that it was hard to not compare and if you compare the two well this one isn't even close. The writing style at times was a bit juvenile and the story at times far-fetched, but all in all it was a good read and good story. Was kind of disappointed with the way Annie's mother's tale wrapped up it was just kind of like the story focused on her and Polly evenly throughout most of the book and suddenly she was kind of dropped and then picked up again and quickly summed up.
Very poignant author's note at the end.
Anyone who has a habit of thumbing to the back to learn about the author I'd recommend saving the author's note to the end where it is because it could be a spoiler for the book.

KHaney Nov 13, 2017

The Happiness Project meets Me Before You! Hilarious and yet deeply moving, so glad I read it.

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