Review: Get Happy by Mary Amato

Get Happy by Mary Amato

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

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.

The Good
The characters.
I felt like the characters were the most developed part of this book. They were likable, and I found myself laughing out loud multiple times because of their interactions.

The Bad
The plot.
Okay. It isn't that the plot is bad. It just isn't there. There are several hints at one, but I felt that it was underdeveloped that it didn't count.

The In-between
The potential.
On one hand, all of the potential that this book had going for it made me rally and keep reading. I hoped some of it would finally shine through. But it didn't for me. All of that potential was lost.

The romance.
There could really be a sweet YA romance lurking in this book. A few scenes even fuel that assumption. But I felt like it was underdeveloped just like that plot. It left me wanting more.

**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.


  1. It is sad when there is so much potential that doesn't go anywhere.
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

    1. I know, right? I feel like if more time would have been dedicated to this book, it could be amazing.

  2. Sorry that this kind of died >_<
    Hope the next one is better. And not so mediocre.


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