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Something Like Happy by Eva Woods

SomethingLikeHappy4 / 5 Stars

Publication Date 9-5-17

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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In different ways Annie reminds me of myself. Numb to life, anti social, a real Mr./Mrs. Scrooge. You go through life thinking that this is it, this is as good as it’s ever going to get until one day when you meet that one person who changes everything. Hopefully we all have that one friend who sees the positive and good in everything, if you don’t find one fast! This book definitely had me in my feelings thinking about my own life and what I would do with my time if I only had a hundred days left to live. Something Like Happy will open your eyes to what it truly means to be happy and how simple but yet so hard it is to be just that.

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Just Another Week In Suburbia by Les Zig

WeekInSuburbiaJUST ANOTHER WEEK IN SUBURBIA BY LES ZIG

4 / 5 Stars  Publish Date: 9/1/17

Casper Gray goes to bed a happily married man. He wakes up questioning whether everything is a lie.

Life in suburbia holds few surprises for Casper. He and his wife Jane are still trying for a baby after seven years. His neighbours have their quirks to be navigated. And his job as a high school teacher, while satisfying, comes with its challenges.

Every day is much like the one before – that is, until Casper makes a discovery that threatens everything he knows.

As Casper’s fears grow into obsessions, his world starts to unravel.

Just Another Week in Suburbia is a story about love, trust, and insecurity, and the question of whether you can ever really know another person.
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I must admit, when I first started reading this book I didn’t know what to think of it. My first thought was ‘oh great, this whole book is going to be about a guy complaining about his boring life’. And usually with books like that I tend to toss them aside from boredom, but something about it kept me intrigued.

Casper is just your average Joe. He has a beautiful wife, decent job and a great suburban community that he lives in. The book follows Casper through what was suppose to be just another normal week but one day he finds something that starts a domino effect of disasters for him and what he thought was his perfect life. By the end of the book you’ll be rooting for one of two outcomes but will be surprised by what actually does happen.

The more I read the more invested I became in the character. I feel as though Les Zig made this book less about the storyline and more about getting people to think. By the time you finish this book you will be questioning everything. Whether it’s about your own relationships, career, or even general happiness. So if you’re looking for a book that makes you think, Just Another Week In Suburbia is definitely a book you need to pick up for your September collection.

**All reviews are of my own opinion