Get Happy by Mary Amato
Posted by Caitie F on October 28, 2014
Summary from pub:
In this poignant, realistic, contemporary YA, 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
If you are looking for a book that will fill you with happiness, read this book!
It made me smile. It made me swoon. It made me really want to write a song and play a guitar – or even a ukulele. But it isn’t just a quick, fun and mindless read. There are major issues with her family that feel so authentic that I actually called and thanked my parents for being so awesome when I was growing up after I finished.
There is so much I loved about this. The job that they get is incredible. She and her best friend start working at a company that does parties for kids. They have costumes and have to get the kids through games. Minerva gets stuck with the mermaid (who is NOT Ariel) and it is really funny. It feels like a real first job experience.
Her friendship with Fin is also fantastic. He completely felt like a teenager. I had a couple of friends in high school that were a lot like him and Amato just got that voice. They both screw up sometimes and that makes the friendship so much better because no one is always a perfect friend, especially when you are a teen.
These characters are all smart, kind, and really funny. This book was a complete joy to read. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves YA.