Minerva has been raised by her single mother after her father left them. On her 17th birthday, she is shocked to discover that he has been trying to keep in touch, and that her mother has been sabotaging his attempts. Furious at her mom, Minerva begins to investigate her dad, a famous marine biologist, only to discover that he has a new family, including a beloved and perfect, stepdaughtera girl Minerva already knows and despises.
As Minerva tries to build her songwriting career, jealousy takes over and threatens to derail her life completely. It is only through the efforts of her best friend, Fin, and the introduction of Hayes, a new young man in her life, that she is able to see clearly who she is and who makes up her family.
|Publisher:||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Mary Amato is an award-winning children's and YA book author, songwriter, and poet who lives in Maryland. Her books have been translated into foreign languages, optioned for television, and produced onstage.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
In her dream world, Minerva would write songs all day long, songs she would play on her ukulele that she got for her 16th birthday. In reality, Minerva writes songs that she plays on her ukulele that she constructed out of tape, a rule, a marker and a cookie tin. I love the carefree style of Minerva, she doesn’t ask for much, she likes the styles of Goodwill, she’s carefree and she has a great, easygoing relationship with Finnegan. Finnegan is the positive energy in her life, he is her motivator. His comments and energy drive her and support her just like a best friend should. There are no romantic ties between the two of them, they have fun together, and they feed off each other. When the two of them get jobs dressing up for children’s birthday parties I am elated but hesitate as Hayes and Cassie are now joining the mix. This is the perfect job for the two friends for they can have fun together and earn some cash at the same time. My concerns are mixed as Hayes fits right with the characters of Minerva and Finnegan, carefree and fun but Cassie seems uppity and showy. When Minerva intercepts an overnight package from her father, Minerva starts to wonder exactly who her father really is. The letters accompanying the package does not correspond to what her mother has been saying for the past fourteen years. With Finnegan by her side, Minerva starts to peel back the layers of her past. The book is an eye-opener and I pumped my fists as Minerva steps out of her comfort zone. Such a mixed book blending emotions with laughs as Minerva embraces life. I really enjoyed the ending, there is no big bow tied on the end, no cliff hanger and no disappointments, it’s an ending that’s authentic.
Received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. What a sweet and uplifting story! If you’re looking for a quick feel-good read, then GET HAPPY is for you! :) This story is full of good humor and everything warm and fuzzy one might look for in a YA read. I loved the way Mary Amato mixed in song lyrics to reflect on the events of the story–the chord progression/lyric sheets at the end were a nice touch! It made me want to run out and buy a uke! This book will leave you with a big, stupid grin on your face. Read it. :)