How to be Happy by Eva Woods


Length: 432 pages

Please note that the cover leads to a universal Amazon buy link for the book and is only £0.88 at this moment!

Another note: This book is also published under the name ‘Something Like Happy”

What they say: Annie has been sad for so long that she’s forgotten how to be any other way. Until she meets Polly.

Polly is everything that Annie is not. She’s colourful, joyful, happy. Because if recent events have taught Polly anything, it’s that your time is too short to waste a single day.

Polly has one hundred days to help Annie find happiness. Annie’s convinced it’s impossible, but so is saying no to Polly. And on an unforgettable journey, Annie begins to realise that maybe, just maybe, there’s still colour 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.

The Review: I had been hankering for this for a long time after I’d requested it on Netgalley. I knew it was going to be a tear jerker, but just was never in the frame of mind for laughing through the tears and so I stayed away but I am so so happy I finally got to it because what a gem this book is !

We begin with our lead, Annie Hebden, trying to get the attention of a receptionist in a hospital. The receptionist isn’t taking to Annie’s firm approach and so ignores her but quickly jumps for a stranger who seems to be of the more positive demeanor. And so it is that we meet Polly. Polly decides to latch onto Annie and begins to turn up everywhere, at her house, at her work, and we wonder what her story is. I can’t give away too much but I will just say that both Annie AND Polly have reasons to hide away from life and I knew I was in for a both a treat and a rough time.

This book was magnificently done, a real lesson in writing, in particular the way you didn’t dislike Annie even though she was like a rain cloud and Polly like the sun. Polly decides she’s going to change Annie’s life and make her see that there’s more to life than just getting through each day. The surrounding characters were fantastic, the settings perfection, and the genius of the new heading for the one hundred chapters (not all long, don’t worry!), that showed us the one thing Annie had to do to change things blew me away.

This is  a very special book and a very special mention has to go for Polly but in particular the moment when we actually got to SEE her. I had her in my mind as something and then suddenly started bawling crying when I really saw her ( trying not to cry now actually!) There was so much comedy and joy and heartbreaking aches in this book and it blew me away.  If this isn’t in my Top ten at Christmas (yes, I know I chickened out last year!), I will be so so shocked. Thanks so so much to Netgalley and Sphere for this book in return for an honest review and to all the bloggers whose posts convinced me I needed to suck it up and read something that required me to be braver.

Rating: 5/5


8 thoughts on “How to be Happy by Eva Woods

  1. It kind of reminds me of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine where there were also friendships that made a character break out of her shell and enjoy life to its fullest. I wanted to read more books like that so I think this one’s perfect. I really like how it got to you. One for my readlist too! Great review!

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  2. Thanks! They actually reference that in the ‘people who read this would like this’ section, so must get onto that one too!;)Hope you love it as much as I did!:)


  3. Eleanor Oliphant has been on my to read list for a while and now so is this in fact with such a great price and the. fact I’ve just finished 13 reasons why (another fab read), I think I need to treat myself.😊😊

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    • I ignored Oliphant for so long because there was just so much about it but actually I need to get onto that too! I’ve 13 reasons why on my tbr, just a little nervous of it!


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