Something Like Happy by Eva Woods
Polly is a force to be reckoned with at the local hospital. She knows everyone there and everything that goes on. When she meets Annie, a woman at her wit’s end and stuck in a rut, she just knows she can help. Polly convinces Annie to find new way to be happy for 100 days. Annie wants to refuse and go back to her awful existence just waiting for the minutes to tick by but how she can refuse Polly? Polly: a young vivacious woman with a tumor she named Bob in her head and most likely only 100 days more to live?
I am not a fan of books that make you weep. But I’ll make an exception for this one. Granted I usually only cry at the happy bits but I cried at those and some of the sad bits in this one; hard not to since I was listening to it. This is a book that tugs at your heartstrings, makes you re-evaluate your life, and believe it or not also makes you laugh out loud. Polly is not always positive and Annie is not always depressed; both characters learn to be happy but also that it’s perfectly okay to be sad as well. (Something I think other books on this topic seem to skip over.)
Polly and Annie are unlikely friends finding each other at the perfect time. One is learning how to cope with dying while the other needs to learn how to live. This is one of those rare books that I can see suggesting to just about anyone. As long as they don’t mind walking around with a box of tissues for while. I read this during the peak of allergy season and there is still time left to use tree pollen as your teary eyed excuse!