Annie has been sad for so long that she's forgotten how to be any other way. She's trudging miserably through every day, sheer determination keeping her going. 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 100 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.
If you liked Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine or The Keeper of Lost Things, you'll love How to Be Happy.
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By Doodly Di on 25-05-18
A difficult read
Since I lost my step dad in January, after only 6 weeks from diagnosis of a bring tumour, this was an odd book for me to choose. When I first saw it, I avoided it. I couldn't contemplate it. It was too close to the core. Something drew me back to it after a couple of months. It's now 'officially' part of my 'rehab'. It is playing a part in my 'getting back to me' story.
I struggled with the amount of things Pollie was able to do under the circumstances, as that was not my experience of how a brain tumour works but this is fiction, not a medical journal. Everyone is affected differently. I had to let go of that.
There are actionable ideas given here by Eva. My and our job as readers is to carry some of them out. Step by step. Even if you're at the height of happiness.
Sadness, joy, anger etc they're all part of the mix.
Abide in the what is.
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