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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

REVIEW: Get Happy by Mary Amato

Get Happy
By: Mary Amato
Expected publication: October 28th 2014 by EgmontUSA
eARC provided by the publisher through Edelweiss

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.

A hip high school girl who loves music, writes songs, and is desperate for a ukelele, learns to her shock that her father did not abandon her years ago and has been trying to keep in touch. She begins to investigate him, only to discover that he has a new life with a new family, including the perfect stepdaughter, a girl who Minerva despises.

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About the Author: 
Mary Amato is an award-winning children’s book author, poet, playwright, and songwriter. Her books have been translated into foreign languages, optioned for television, produced onstage, and have won the children’s choice awards in several states.

eARC provided by the publisher through Edelweiss

Get Happy was an adorable, short, and very realistic young adult novel. I had a smile on my face while reading through 95% of the book(toward the end is kind of sad so my smile changed to concern from the main character.) 

Meet Minerva: The story starts out with her waking up on her 16th birthday fully anticipating a ukulele (after providing lots of hints throughout the last few months for her mom) instead she receives an itchy sweater that her mom insists that she wears right there on her way to school. 

Minerva wants a change and wants to make money to buy the ukulele she wants so terribly. Minerva, her best friend, Fin, the hot guy, and a beautiful girl get jobs at Get Happy. A place that sends dressed up characters to children's birthday parties. 

Minerva stumbles upon her fathers real name and starts to investigate. She is torn between wanting to know him and disliking him for abandoning her at the age of 2. 

This book is so heartwarming, fulfilling, entertaining, and laugh out loud funny. I enjoyed it so much! I recommend it if you are looking for a quick, feel good read.... read GET HAPPY ! :)
5 Coffee Cup Stars
Finished October 13, 2014

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