Release Date: 26th April 2016
Publisher: Soho Teen
In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for sixteen-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again—but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.
When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.
Why does happiness have to be so hard?
Here was my initial review on Goodreads:
I read this book because the girls from The Book Club urged me to for our book of the month. I’m so glad that I did because woah it’s a ride!
First off, the Leteo Procedure is really creepy like to think that you can morph memories and mess with people’s minds is strange as hell! It’s a really unique and controversial practice which is what makes the book truly amazing.
I loved the family of the estate that Aaron lives on to start with. It sounds strange to say that because some of the group are misfits and others are just plain psycho BUT they were like a family and it’s nice to see a neighbourhood like that.
The ending is jaw dropping and made me feel stupid that I didn’t see it coming earlier. This review is quite short because I don’t want to drop hints or spoil anyone so you’ll have to read it yourself!
Overall, this book is a must read for its unputdownable-ness.