{book report} something like happy


Something Like Happy by Eva Woods (4/5)


This book is about Polly, who is 35 years old and is terminally ill. Her doctors have informed her that she only has 100 days left to live. She is determined to make the most of her remaining life and makes it a goal to find happiness every day. She soon befriends Annie who is tending to her mother at the hospital. Polly is enthusiastic and bubbly, while Annie is introverted and cautious.

The two former strangers learn from life’s imperfections and gain strength from each other. This story which should be sad develops into a moving adventure.

The themes discussed here are heavy….you have loss, grief, pain, heartache and much more. But this isn’t a depressing read, it’s truly uplifting and inspiring without being cheesy. Friendship is so important to this story and the relationship that blossoms between Annie and Polly is honest and beautiful. Polly just oozes positivity but she’s not fake, she’s just making the most of the time she has left and it was a truly gorgeous thing to witness. Grab your tissues!

“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”

Memorable Quotes:

“I think we should all live as if we are dying too – because we are, make no mistake. We should live as if we’re dying at some unspecified but possibly quite soon time. We can’t expect every day to be happy, and there’ll always be sickness and heartache and sadness, but we should never put up with a sad or a boring or a depressing day, just for the sake of it. None of us have time for that, whether we have a hundred days left or a hundred thousand.”

“Life isn’t about avoiding the storm; it’s about learning to dance in the rain. Where’s your sense of adventure?”

“How about a hundred days of doing our best to be alive– even if it’s sad, or ordinary, and we want to cry most of the time? That’s what living is, I think. Letting it all in. The happy days, the sad days, the angry days. Being awake to it.”



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