Book Review: Something Like Happy by Eva Woods


"Remember - if you want the rainbow, you have to put up with the rain."

Title:  Something Like Happy 
Author: Eva Woods
Publisher:  Graydon House
Release Date:  September 5, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Fiction



With wry wit and boundless heart, Eva Woods delivers an unforgettable tale of celebrating triumphs great and small, seizing the day, and always remembering to live in the moment.

“It's simple, really. You're just meant to do one thing every day that makes you happy. Could be little things. Could be big. In fact, we're doing one right now…”

Annie Hebden is stuck. Stuck in her boring job, with her irritating roommate, in a life no thirty-five-year-old would want. But deep down, Annie is still mourning the terrible loss that tore a hole through the perfect existence she'd once taken for granted—and hiding away is safer than remembering what used to be. Until she meets the eccentric Polly Leonard.

Bright, bubbly, intrusive Polly is everything Annie doesn't want in a friend. But Polly is determined to finally wake Annie up to life. Because if recent events have taught Polly anything, it's that your time is too short to waste a single day—which is why she wants Annie to join her on a mission…

One hundred days. One hundred new ways to be happy. Annie's convinced it's impossible, but so is saying no to Polly. And on an unforgettable journey that will force her to open herself to new experiences—and perhaps even new love with the unlikeliest of men—Annie will slowly begin to realize that maybe, just maybe, there's still joy to be found in the world. But then it becomes clear that Polly's about to need her new friend more than ever…and Annie will have to decide once and for all whether letting others in is a risk worth taking.


Something Like Happy by Eva Woods brings to life the thoughts and heart for living life to the fullest. What would you do if you had 100 days to live? The main characters, Annie and Polly embark on this experience in doing at least one thing a day that makes them happy. Skeptical at first, Annie finds herself as her friendship with Polly grew.  

". . . it's possible to be happy and enjoy life, even if things seem awful."

Touching in more ways than one, Something Like Happy isn't just a story, it digs deep into our hearts for what scares us, what we want and what it is that we really need.

"Sometimes, you could hold it together in front of everyone you knew, but it was the kindness of strangers that cut you right to the bone."

When you do, don't be afraid like Annie or in denial like Polly, but take that first step. 

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

In all, filled with smart, witty humor and characters that makes you laugh, smile and a whole lot of other impressions, don't miss Something Like Happy.


For my clean readers, please note there are slight profanity in this book.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
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Eva Woods was inspired to write SOMETHING LIKE HAPPY after surviving her own brush with cancer and the breakdown of her marriage. Raised in a small village in Northern Ireland, Woods now lives in London, where she teaches creative writing and regularly contributes to Marie Claire UK, xoJane, and other publications. She writes crime fiction as Claire McGowan.

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