Something Like Happy by Eva Woods

Something Like Happy

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...

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Something Like Happy Reviews

  • Lisa Aiello

    This was a definite 6 star read, but since Goodreads won't allow that (and I have to take off one star for God awful editing, proofing, formatting - which I can only hope is because it was an ARC), a 5 star it is.

    This book was everyting - sad, happy, heart-breaking, hilarious, irreverant, joyous. You name the emotion, and this story contained it. It is a out friendship and love, selfishness and selflessness. It is about choosing to live a life that is large enough to contain all the emotions, so

    This was a definite 6 star read, but since Goodreads won't allow that (and I have to take off one star for God awful editing, proofing, formatting - which I can only hope is because it was an ARC), a 5 star it is.

    This book was everyting - sad, happy, heart-breaking, hilarious, irreverant, joyous. You name the emotion, and this story contained it. It is a out friendship and love, selfishness and selflessness. It is about choosing to live a life that is large enough to contain all the emotions, so that in those moments that everything turns to shit, your life isn't so small that that is all you can see or feel.

    And if I take nothing else away from this, it will be to remember that "There is no one like you on the whole planet, no one that has ever lived or ever will. There is not a single other person with your fingerprints, or with the memories you carry, no one with your blood beating in their veins. You are yourself, you are alive, and that is enough."

  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)

    In a world where many of us are feeling at odds for various reasons, this book is a reminder that it is important to stop and smell the roses. Something Like Happy is a novel that explores the idea that no matter what your circumstances, there is still joy to be found in the little things if you let them. Eva Woods has crafted a beautiful story that is relatable, humorous, and contains a cast of characters that will tug at your heartstrings.

    At first glance, one might assume that this story is go

    In a world where many of us are feeling at odds for various reasons, this book is a reminder that it is important to stop and smell the roses. Something Like Happy is a novel that explores the idea that no matter what your circumstances, there is still joy to be found in the little things if you let them. Eva Woods has crafted a beautiful story that is relatable, humorous, and contains a cast of characters that will tug at your heartstrings.

    At first glance, one might assume that this story is going to be one that tries to turn the characters’ lives around by putting on rose-coloured glasses. This book, however, is so much more than that. I just love how Woods has woven the 100 Happy Days Project into the novel because it perfectly shows how making small changes in your day-to-day life can help you feel better, if even for a moment. Whether you are working at a dead-end job or have a life-threatening disease, doing a small something for yourself, like Annie and Polly do, can help to lift your spirits. For example, Polly takes Annie out for a picnic lunch during the work day. Annie’s circumstances may not have changed, but it helps her to recharge and face the rest of her day.

    The aspect that I love about this book the most is the humour that is found throughout the entire book. Even though there is a considerable amount of heartache in the plot, Woods manages to find a way to pop in some fun dialogue here and there. It really makes the story so easy to relate to and essentially takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions. One minute the reader will be laughing along and then the next, feeling overwhelmed with what the characters are dealing with.

    There are many characters in this book that are so well-developed and interesting. Annie’s roommate, family members, and the doctors are side characters that all have quirky personalities and add to the flavour of the novel. Annie is one that readers will easily relate to, Polly, however is my absolute favourite. Polly is just so incredible and seems to be the life of the party, even though she is faced with so much adversity.

    Something Like Happy is a book that I highly recommend to anyone looking for a book that is a little bit different, and gives you a fresh outlook on life. After reading this one, I was definitely inspired to make some small changes in my everyday routine. It really is important to try and see the world from a new perspective.

  • Kathryn

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  • Siobhan

    Damn, Something Like Happy is a seriously emotional read.

    I’ll be completely honest by admitting I went into this one a little bit tentative. The notion of the book was intriguing, but I find books dealing with the topics included in this one can be a bit hit or miss. Mainly it was the #100HappyDays social media phenomenon that had me a bit worried. My idea of a social media phenomenon to follow is watching people make a fool of himself or herself through the ice bucket challenge or the cinnamon

    Damn, Something Like Happy is a seriously emotional read.

    I’ll be completely honest by admitting I went into this one a little bit tentative. The notion of the book was intriguing, but I find books dealing with the topics included in this one can be a bit hit or miss. Mainly it was the #100HappyDays social media phenomenon that had me a bit worried. My idea of a social media phenomenon to follow is watching people make a fool of himself or herself through the ice bucket challenge or the cinnamon challenge. I’d heard of the #100HappyDays but I’d never really paid it much attention. It existed, but I wasn’t going to be taking part.

    Then came Something Like Happy. The book is focused around the question of what you would do if you only have one hundred days left to live. A story contemplating happiness and suggesting you embrace life. Hence my tentatively. I sometimes fear these kinds of stories are going to try and sell you happiness. Far too many psychology lectures have left me doubtful of self-help books, and I feared this book would err on the side of being a self-help book dressed as a fiction novel.

    Fortunately, my tentatively was misplaced.

    Something Like Happy is a truly beautiful novel. It sucked me in with just a few pages, and I was lost. I picked it up and I could not put it down. I needed more. I had to finish the story. I couldn’t wait to see what happened. Throughout, I was on an emotional rollercoaster. I’ve said this about a handful of books in my time, but this one really hit hard. There were genuine tears running down my face – the ugly, phlegmy sobs kind of crying – alongside laughter. It is the kind of book that has you laughing as the tears roll down your face. It really is such an emotional rollercoaster on so many levels.

    It’s easy to understand why it’s such an emotional read. You can pick up books with heavy topics and they can fail to hit the right emotional spots. When you connect with the characters and their stories, when the book seems real, and the emotions are true to life, it is easy to be pulled into the emotional vortex. This one really pulls you in. Eva Woods was inspired to write Something Like Happy after surviving her own brush with cancer and the breakdown of her marriage, allowing deep emotions to be entombed in this story. You feel what the characters are feeling – you love, lose, and grow again right beside them. It’s an emotional journey that will make you feel. Feel good. Feel bad. Most importantly, feel alive.

    Honestly, I could prattle on for hours about the emotional depth of this book. I know such will bore people however. Therefore, I’ll try to sum it up – you need to be prepared. You need to prepare yourself to feel so much, because you will feel everything.

    Without a doubt, this one hit all the right spots. The book can be all kinds of emotional, but without the right storyline and characters, it can fall apart. Something Like Happy provides all: the emotional depth, the gripping storyline, the wonderful characters, and the beautiful writing that will keep you addicted throughout.

    A very strong four star rating for this book, a book that will leave you feeling everything.

  • booksofallkinds

    SOMETHING LIKE HAPPY by Eva Woods is simply outstanding!!!!!

    This book broke me and no this is not an exaggeration - ask my husband who woke up suddenly to the sound of me wailing at 2 am, lol. This story sucked me in and made me care so deeply about the characters and pulled at my heartstrings from start to finish and I definitely went through a box of tissues as I read it, but it also made me laugh out loud, made me appreciate my life even more, and hammered home the point that life really is w

    SOMETHING LIKE HAPPY by Eva Woods is simply outstanding!!!!!

    This book broke me and no this is not an exaggeration - ask my husband who woke up suddenly to the sound of me wailing at 2 am, lol. This story sucked me in and made me care so deeply about the characters and pulled at my heartstrings from start to finish and I definitely went through a box of tissues as I read it, but it also made me laugh out loud, made me appreciate my life even more, and hammered home the point that life really is what you make of it.

    Annie Hebden is caught in a monotonous routine of sadness, anger, and grief. And in fairness, after what has happened to her, I completely understood why. Having suffered a tremendous tragedy in her personal life, she now lives in a dirty old flat, works in a job that she detests, and now spends most of her time in hospital visiting her mum who has dementia. Life is hopeless and miserable and Annie cannot see past the darkness.

    That is until Polly pops suddenly into her life and refuses to leave - colourful, vibrant, optimistic Polly who has an inoperable tumour and is determined to make each day count. Armed with a plan for her one hundred days of happiness, where she must do something that will make her happy every day for the next one hundred days, Polly ropes Annie into her scheme too. Annie soon finds herself meeting new people, actually showering, and making more of an effort to re-enter the world of the living. With plenty of hilarious antics, Annie and Polly soon forge a friendship that will make your heart melt. But in order to fully embrace the happiness of now, Annie must face up to the heartache of her past, and with the days dwindling away, Polly must stand toe to toe with her own demons too...

    Annie and Polly are just the best characters, and while I really loved the extended cast in this book, it is their relationship that really got to me. Both of these strong women are suffering in different ways, and together they find what they need to allow them to find the best in everything they can. Polly breathes life back into Annie's world and really wakes her up from her despair, while Annie is the straight-talking, honest, friend that Polly needs to get her through what is coming. While I cried my eyes out at parts of this story, this is by no means a depressing, morbid read, but rather a celebration of life with plenty of funny moments that made me laugh, and shows the importance of recognising hope and happiness in the smaller, more simpler things in life.

    SOMETHING LIKE HAPPY by Eva Woods is everything I could wish for in a story that revels in living life in the moment and the importance of friendship. It was an absolute honour to read this book and I will make sure to take note every day of the small things that make me smile, for as Polly likes to say,

    "Happiness is a state of mind."

    *I voluntarily reviewed this book on Netgalley.com

  • Priyanka

    Something Like Happy is a beautiful story about characters you'll love, friendship and small joys in life. The novel also revolves around 100 Happy Days Project, I had never heard of it before, so it was an experience reading about that. It shows how you can find joy in small things in life.

    Annie Hebden is miserable and Polly is set to enjoy and celebrate life in the 100 Happy Days Project Challenge. Miserable Annie of thirty-fiv

    Something Like Happy is a beautiful story about characters you'll love, friendship and small joys in life. The novel also revolves around 100 Happy Days Project, I had never heard of it before, so it was an experience reading about that. It shows how you can find joy in small things in life.

    Annie Hebden is miserable and Polly is set to enjoy and celebrate life in the 100 Happy Days Project Challenge. Miserable Annie of thirty-five years old thinks nothing can lift her spirits and Polly is the last person she needs right now, but soon Annie is challenged by Polly to take part in the 100 Happy Days Project with her and Polly shows her how to take joy from simple things. How doing small things for yourself can be positive.

    On the other hand, Polly has a life threatening disease, but nothing stops Polly from being full of life, funny and happy. And in a way, Polly teaches Annie to live a little too. Both characters couldn't be more different and both of them suffer from different ways but still, their friendship works and they're powerful together. It could have been a depressing story as the plot goes but it wasn't. It was humorous despite the heavy emotions. It was an amazing emotional roller coaster ride filled with magnificent joyful moments. I loved getting to read about the other characters as well. The character development of these two is so well written, it's visible as you read further.

    Annie and Polly are both interesting characters but I am guessing Polly is going to be favourite of many like me. This story shows how you can be at solace from small and simple things in life. It was a different kind of read for me, it was an amazing story and very uplifting.

  • Amy

    It’s very rare for me to read a book that touches me on such a personal level, even if I relate to the characters in a major way or if the storyline reaches someplace deep inside my heart I don’t often feel truly moved and inspired by a book. I think this is one of those magical moments where I picked the perfect book at the right time, Something Like Happy was exactly the type of book I needed and I didn’t even realize it until I was done.

    Woods was inspired by the 100 days of happy posts that w

    It’s very rare for me to read a book that touches me on such a personal level, even if I relate to the characters in a major way or if the storyline reaches someplace deep inside my heart I don’t often feel truly moved and inspired by a book. I think this is one of those magical moments where I picked the perfect book at the right time, Something Like Happy was exactly the type of book I needed and I didn’t even realize it until I was done.

    Woods was inspired by the 100 days of happy posts that we’ve all seen floating around social media and I’ll be the first to admit, sometimes I’ll roll my eyes at them. No ones life is that great every single day, right?! That’s not the point though, it’s about creating your own happiness by making small changes. The concept behind it is so simple yet so pure, can’t we all find something each day to bring us our own slice of happiness? It can be as easy as eating a piece of cake or doing something kind for a stranger. But these small things can truly change our outlook and make us happier, even if only a bit happier, right?! That’s what Polly thinks and if anyone has a reason to be angry and bitter it’s her. She’s thirty five and only has months to live but when she meets Annie she convinces her to join in her happiness project despite Annie being a very unwilling participant. Annie is at the lowest point of her own life and is angry and bitter and would prefer to stay that way. Once you find out why Annie is so broken it’s easy to understand her behavior. But Polly is persistent and before she knows it the two have actually become real, true friends.

    The themes here are heavy, you have loss, grief, pain, heartache and much more. But this isn’t a depressing read, it’s truly uplifting and inspiring without being cheesy. Friendship is so important to this story and the relationship that blossoms between Annie and Polly is honest and beautiful. Polly especially oozes positivity but she’s not fake, she’s just making the most of the time she has left and it was a truly gorgeous thing to witness.

    If I’m ever feeling down or throwing myself a pity party I’ll pick this book up again, it’s exactly what I need to read to quit feeling sorry for myself and embrace the life that I was given. It really gave me a new, fresh perspective and inspired me to celebrate the little things and to be truly grateful for all that I have. Happiness is a choice and though it may not always be an easy choice, it’s definitely a state of mind.

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  • *TANYA*

    Lovely!!! My heart broke for both protagonists, both their stories were heartbreaking. I laughed a few times but mostly cried. Lol. Grab your tissues!!

  • Suzanne Leopold

    Polly is thirty five years old and is terminally ill. Doctors have informed her that she only has 100 days left to live. Polly is determined to make the most of her remaining life and makes it a goal to find happiness every day. She soon befriends Annie who is tending to her mother at the hospital. Polly is enthusiastic and bubbly, while Annie is introverted and cautious.

    Annie is also thirty five and is feeling overwhelmed since her mother developed dementia. She currently works at an unfulfill

    Polly is thirty five years old and is terminally ill. Doctors have informed her that she only has 100 days left to live. Polly is determined to make the most of her remaining life and makes it a goal to find happiness every day. She soon befriends Annie who is tending to her mother at the hospital. Polly is enthusiastic and bubbly, while Annie is introverted and cautious.

    Annie is also thirty five and is feeling overwhelmed since her mother developed dementia. She currently works at an unfulfilling job with coworkers that she dislikes. Annie has also lost touch with many friends after her divorce and is teetering on depression. Life seems as bleak as the dull apartment she shares with a random roommate. One day, Polly appears at Annie’s door step and recruits her to share her 100 days of happiness. Polly is determined to show Annie the value of simple living and a friendship develops.

    Two former strangers learn from life’s imperfections and gain strength from each other. This story which should be sad develops into a moving adventure. This is a superb novel from Eva Woods.

  • Barbara

    On the back cover of “Something Like Happy” is the alluring sentence: For fans of JoJo Moyes comes a moving tale of finding happiness in one hundred days. Well, that’s all I needed to pick-up this book. Indeed, author Eva Woods penned a “Moyes-esq” sort of novel.

    Protagonist Annie Hebden is a surly curmudgeon who happens to cross paths with Polly Leonard in a hospital. The reader learns there are many reasons for Annie’s surly attitude. However, Polly, who only has three months to live because o

    On the back cover of “Something Like Happy” is the alluring sentence: For fans of JoJo Moyes comes a moving tale of finding happiness in one hundred days. Well, that’s all I needed to pick-up this book. Indeed, author Eva Woods penned a “Moyes-esq” sort of novel.

    Protagonist Annie Hebden is a surly curmudgeon who happens to cross paths with Polly Leonard in a hospital. The reader learns there are many reasons for Annie’s surly attitude. However, Polly, who only has three months to live because of her invasive brain tumor, which she named “Bob”, is effervescent and determined to live her last days as meaningful. Polly takes Annie on as a project. Polly wants to find out if one can train oneself to be happy. Annie wants no part of Polly and her project, but Polly is a force to be reckoned with. Annie begrudgingly agrees to attempt the project.

    In her Author’s Notes, Woods says she was inspired by the “100 Happy Days” challenge. She admits to not being a naturally happy and positive person. She contemplated whether you could make yourself happy just by noticing happy things and thinking happy thoughts. She pondered: Can you really drag yourself up from ruin and become joyful?

    This is a feel-good delightful novel with just a touch of romance. I’m not a fan of the romance genre and find it off-putting and distracting. Woods uses it as a catalyst for hope and compassion. There’s some sadness, but not “take to your bed” sadness. It’s an uplifting novel that inspires hope for the curmudgeon in all of us. I highly recommend it for those times you just want a happy, uplifting page-turning novel.

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