REVIEW: Get Happy

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Rating: 3 Stars

Book Blurb:

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.


I got this book, in exchange for a review. One of my first on NetGalley.

I wanted to love this book, The book blurb doesn’t sound that bad. But flat is a word that describes this read for me.
It also had a couple things that made me shake my head.

I did love the two main characters, they had a close bond, and a great friendship. So, that element made it a fast read (easily read in a couple hours) I also liked that the romance was non existent. Until the last line, but it didn’t seem there was a whole lot to this story.

She grows up with out a father, thinking he abandoned her. Only to find out the truth.
Really, until that part of the story I could of put it down and really never felt I was missing anything.
I would of liked to see things come out sooner than they did and maybe seen how they dealt with that storm.

As for the shaking of my head – who is going to Google, their parents first names and come up with a photo on the first results?!!? Google may be fast but it isn’t magic.
I was also driven a little insane by Mineva’s inability to tell her mother that she didn’t like something. She ran away from any kind of conflict. Not helping the story in my eyes.

This is a good book if you want a fast read, something to lose a couple hours in. Or something to break yourself out of a reading rut. But it isn’t something I would read again.
Get Happy was a 3 star read for me.


An Update

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If you follow me on twitter then you know by now, that there has been a house fire.
My worst fear has happened and I am trying to come to terms with it.

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20141023_175850Excuse the weird shaped photos. They’re from my phone. Some of the 20 I sent to the housemate.

That is just some of the carnage. That oddly shaped black thing right above – was white plastic – a saran wrap holder.  Now, it a pile of ash. The fumes have filled my home and ruined so much.
We now need a whole new kitchen.,

I found out that I am not covered under the roommates insurance and she “forgot” to tell me to get my own – for two and a half months, she supposedly forgot more than once.

So my belongings are in an  unknown state. I don’t get help to find a place to stay and I don’t get any money to cover a place to stay or cover belongings.
I spent a night with neighbors, and in a shelter before coming here.

I have been staying with family, who have gracefully, taken the clothing I could bring and have washed it for me, because I smell the odor in EVERYTHING, It has seeped it’s way into my sinuses.

I am slowly getting over the trauma. Night time has been the worst. Once kidlet is asleep and the house is quiet, the shakes come back and it takes forever for my mind to slow down.

I used to like cooking so much. I cooked, I experimented in the kitchen, we baked a storm – and now, I hate even having to turn the stove on. Even though I wasn’t cooking when the fire started.

When the fire started I was in bed. Trying to fall asleep. Until I heard a noise that made me curious and I went to investigate. THANKFULLY.  Or kidlet and I would be dead because the housemate put the fire alarm in a closet and it never went off.

We both could of died that night, had I not gotten up because I am extra nervous being home alone.

I have seen a lot of things in the last few days, that have blown me away. I have been hurt by people I never saw coming from. I have been jerked around and completely in limbo.

A word to renters, even if you are renting from friends get your own insurance. Trust only goes so far, go for extra caution because you just never know.  In my case this is someone I have known for about 12 years maybe longer and I still got screwed.

Needless to say, I have put my cards on the table and she now knows, what it will take to get me to stay in that place with her longer than a few months until I find something else.

Well, I guess depending on when we can even get back in there.

According to my neighbor crews were there early this morning and the work has begun but who knows what that means.
The kicker in this is, the housemate, the house owner, has not even seen the damage because her family told her not to come home.

But that is all I am going to discuss about them on this blog, because that is one relationship that is definitely over for me. My closeness with her family is done.
The last conversation I had with her mother is definitely, the last one I will have with her period.
Which is sad because I had hoped kidlet was going to grow up close to that family, but that is not going to happen.

On the plus side, I have now, some contacts in the community, and the ability to build up some support for myself and kidlet. Beyond that, nothing else matters.

We are together and safe, and that is what matters.

Hug those you love closely today, because you never know what tomorrow will bring.

The blog will be back, as soon as things settle down  a bit. Pre-written scheduled posts will still post as planned.
Thank you for your patience.