Monday, 11 September 2017



Publication Date: September 5, 2017


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 some 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.

"Simply irresistible!" -Library Journal 

“A special book that will make you laugh through your tears with its heartfelt take on happiness and friendship.”—Amy E. Reichert, author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

Rating - 4/5


Something Like Happy is a beautiful story about characters you'll love, friendship and small joys in life. The novel also revolves around 100 Happy Days Project, I had never heard of it before, so it was an experience reading about that. It shows how you can find joy in small things in life.

Annie Hebden is miserable and Polly is set to enjoy and celebrate life in the 100 Happy Days Project Challenge. Miserable Annie of thirty-five years old thinks nothing can lift her spirits and Polly is the last person she needs right now, but soon Annie is challenged by Polly to take part in the 100 Happy Days Project with her and Polly shows her how to take joy from simple things. How doing small things for yourself can be positive.

On the other hand, Polly has a life threatening disease, but nothing stops Polly from being full of life, funny and happy. And in a way, Polly teaches Annie to live a little too. Both characters couldn't be more different and both of them suffer from different ways but still, their friendship works and they're powerful together. It could have been a depressing story as the plot goes but it wasn't. It was humorous despite the heavy emotions. It was an amazing emotional roller coaster ride filled with magnificent joyful moments. I loved getting to read about the other characters as well. The character development of these two is so well written, it's visible as you read further.

Annie and Polly are both interesting characters but I am guessing Polly is going to be favourite of many like me. This story shows how you can be at solace from small and simple things in life. It was a different kind of read for me, it was an amazing story and very uplifting.

 *An ebook copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*


  1. This sounds like a very uplifting story!

  2. 100 Happy Days Project is friggin awesome! Makes you realize how rich you actually are in life by enjoying small things :)
    Seems like a great book!! Thanks.

  3. This sounds like such a sweet story - it sounds like the author was really able to mix some tough subjects with uplifting moments. This 100 Happy Days Project sounds like something a lot of us could use :-)

  4. I'm glad you enjoyed this one too! I thought the author did a good job of not going the easy route but at the same time not making it overly grim. Great review!