If It Makes You Happy

If It Makes You Happy

High school finally behind her, Winnie is all set to attend college in the fall. But first she's spending her summer days working at her granny’s diner and begins spending her midnights with Dallas—the boy she loves to hate and hates that she likes. Winnie lives in Misty Haven, a small town where secrets are impossible to keep—like when Winnie allegedly snaps on Dr. Skinne...

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Title:If It Makes You Happy
Author:Claire Kann
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Edition Language:English

If It Makes You Happy Reviews

  • Rachel Strolle

    Wow this was super cathartic to read with all of the ways that Winnie displays the frustration of how the world treats you when you're fat holy guacamole

  • Ashley

    this was so much fuuuun and so goooood pls read it now.

    Thank you to Swoonreads & Edelweiss for this review copy!

  • Lola

    3.5 stars. Having adored LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE from the same author, I absolutely needed to read this book. But now that I have, it’s hard to believe that the two were written by the same person.

    For starters, this story is told from the first person POV, whereas Alice’s story was in the third person. That was a very good surprise, because Winnie’s voice is so strong. It was wonderful to be able to hear everything she was thinking directly. I cannot imagine someone claiming Winnie is a one-dimens

    3.5 stars. Having adored LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE from the same author, I absolutely needed to read this book. But now that I have, it’s hard to believe that the two were written by the same person.

    For starters, this story is told from the first person POV, whereas Alice’s story was in the third person. That was a very good surprise, because Winnie’s voice is so strong. It was wonderful to be able to hear everything she was thinking directly. I cannot imagine someone claiming Winnie is a one-dimensional character, unless they have never met a real girl in their lives! Because Winnie is REAL and BEAUTIFUL.

    At the same time, this was a much messier book than LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE. I’m not even technically talking about the story (although that too isn’t 100% clear); I’m talking about Winnie’s thoughts. They are all over the place! Don’t get me wrong, she’s super interesting, relatable and a breath of fresh air, but boy does she love talking and thinking and living life day by day. It feels as though the author did not create a plan before starting to write this. Each chapter is more like a series of thoughts than a series of scenes.

    But I did enjoy reading about the relationships in this book a lot, even if there is no plot per se. There is stuff happening, such as Winnie winning a competition, but the emphasis is on her interactions with the people in her life (and herself, in her own mind). I especially liked her and her cousin Sam’s dynamics because I believe in creating strong ties with family members, even those that don’t seem to have much in common with us.

    IF IT MAKES YOU HAPPY is not an improvement upon LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE exactly, because it’s wordy and all over the place at times, showing that organization is important in a story, but it’s a lovely summer read with themes of family, friendship and love.

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  • The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears

    I was super psyched about this book because I absolutely LOVED

    . I was super psyched over the cover which is all kinds of #BlackGirlMagic feels!!! A fat Black girl with a huge smile, braids and a look that has zero fucks to give in regards to how other people want to define her? Honey, I'm here for it!

    To be honest, this book felt disjointed to me. Winnie, the heroine, was all over the place. Despite the title, it seemed that she spent a great deal of the book making other pe

    I was super psyched about this book because I absolutely LOVED

    . I was super psyched over the cover which is all kinds of #BlackGirlMagic feels!!! A fat Black girl with a huge smile, braids and a look that has zero fucks to give in regards to how other people want to define her? Honey, I'm here for it!

    To be honest, this book felt disjointed to me. Winnie, the heroine, was all over the place. Despite the title, it seemed that she spent a great deal of the book making other people happy at her own expense. The few moments she stepped out of that role, it seemed someone always pushed her back into it. She seemed to explain herself way too much for things I didn't think she needed to. While she accepted her fatness and, in an epic takedown of a concern trolling doctor, she also allowed herself to end up jogging with her cousin because of guilt in not having "a thing" the two of them do together.

    It felt like two Winnies at odds with each other, which could have worked but didn't. I will say that Kann is brilliant at showcasing Black families in a relatable and positive way. Winnie's family is like a lot of Black families the media never chooses to cover - smart, loving, close-knit. I loved how her parents playfully blamed Winnie's penchant for speaking her mind on the other. My parents did the same.

    My biggest dislike was her "ungirlfriend" Kara, whom much like Feenie from the previous novel, didn't understand or accept boundaries. Her excuse as to why she behaved the way she did really rankled. I hated how Winnie had to basically be the adult despite the fact the two of them had talked out exactly what their relationship would be like. I hated how Winnie tried to include her in the new dynamic that came along, only for Kara to behave selfishly.

    The saddest relationship was that between Winnie and her grandmother. The two of them were more alike than not, but her grandmother was unyielding to the point of selfishness. I'd hoped these two would mend the rift.

    There was a lot to like about

    , especially the queer Black/PoC rep, which is still way sadly lacking in YA and adult fiction. As I said, this felt disjointed to me, but I definitely plan to re-read it.

  • Erin

    Buzzword A Thon

    Thank you Swoon Reads & Claire Kann for sending me this ARC!

    This book just wasn't for me, which is a shame because I was super excited to read this. From pretty much the first chapter I wasn't feeling it. I didn't like Winnie the main character, she's just insufferable and I couldn't wait to be out of her life. Kara her "ungirlfriend" which WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT! was awful. I didn't understand what Winnie & Kara's relationship was suppose to be, they seemed like best frien

    Buzzword A Thon

    Thank you Swoon Reads & Claire Kann for sending me this ARC!

    This book just wasn't for me, which is a shame because I was super excited to read this. From pretty much the first chapter I wasn't feeling it. I didn't like Winnie the main character, she's just insufferable and I couldn't wait to be out of her life. Kara her "ungirlfriend" which WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT! was awful. I didn't understand what Winnie & Kara's relationship was suppose to be, they seemed like best friends but at one point they are described as having a QueerPlatonic relationship but isn't just friendship? I literally have no clue and trying to figure it out pulled me out of the story.

    The only people in the book I did like were Dallas the male love interest, who was precious but I didn't want him with Winnie. I also really liked Winnie's grandmother but the book wanted her to be the bad guy. Winnie treated her grandmother like garbage but we were suppose to think Winnie was in the right but I just wanted to punch her for being a disrespectful little spoiled brat.

    I'm really disappointed that I hated this book so much because I wanted to read Claire Kann's previous book Let's Talk About Love but now I have no desire to ever read it.

    I'm sure I'm going to be in the minority with this book but

    YIKES!

    Not for me!

  • ✩ Ashley ✩

    “🎶... It can't be that bad

    If it makes you happy

    Then why the hell are you so sad?”

    I had to. It’s been stuck in my head all day since I added it to my TBR 😂

  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    A rom-com with a fat queer black girl as the MC, GET IN MY HANDS

    PLEASE

  • Nicole Field

    "It’s about a queer Black fat girl in a committed queerplatonic relationship—and falling in romantic love with someone else for the first time."

  • megs_bookrack

    I won a giveaway!

    You know what makes me happy?

  • m ❀

    y'all this is the first physical arc i've ever been sent ahhhhhhh let's go

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