Happyface by Stephen Emond. Publication Date: March 1, ; Genres: Fiction; Hardcover: pages; Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Moving easily between cartoons and painterly black-and-white illustration, this epistolary novel of a young teen’s reinvention of self is subtle. Just put on a happy face! Enter Happyface’s journal and get a peek into the life of a shy, artistic boy who decides to reinvent himself as a happy-go-lucky guy.

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That is one of the reasons why I didn’t get into it at times.

Things start to change when he lives at his moms place after the divorce. But as the story went on, we find out what happened to Happyface and his family, why he moved in the first place and how he really, really felt with some help from alcohol. Happyface the novel and the character teaches us that it’s okay to and I quote ” Happyface is a nickname a boy got when he moved schools.

For the fact that Happy face had to go through so much awfulness stepjen his freshman year makes the conflict unfold really nicely. They were always an enhancement happycace never a distraction. He finds Gretchen, a lovely girl who despite her bookishness has had tons of boyfriends, is popular, and miracles of miracles, seems to like having him around, even dubbing him Happyface, a nickname that sticks and seems to become a command, a mission for him to smile through it all.

I slapped on that happy grin!

Happyface’s voice is refreshing and funny, and it’s a relief to read that guys can be awkward and dorky yet be totally sweet all at the same time. This book is about a boy called Happyface who moves to a new school and falls in love with a girl. I felt this story in particular lacked in having a reason for me to continue with it.

For reals, find it and read it. I recently picked up Happyface on a whim from a secondhand bookstore. However, Happyface made me appreciate art simple as they may be sometimesand the images were not there just to be there, but they really add to the story.

He tried to protect himself by locking way his real self inaccessible to people and creating this happy person that he will present to them. It was so interesting and it always left me wanting to know more of what was going to happen next. Happyface is the dorky boy in school who you would never have a crush on, but would be really good friends with. Highly recommend this book, especially for reluctant readers. The dust jacket is perfect: I really think I look like her when I don’t dry my hair properly and when I wear my glasses.


It’s one of the most original stories I’ve read this year and I know it will always be one of my favourites. Then an unknown tragedy strikes and he tells us he and his mom are living in a t This fictional black-and-white illustrated diary of a painfully awkward teen boy with underlying issues is touching and well-done. I did like the book because it felt like I was there through the story and the novel gives you a vivid picture of what’s happening. Mar 18, Rachel rated it it was amazing.

As Happy Face just tries to live life the best he can, his father and mother keep fighting and eventually decide to get a divorce. However, at the end, you will have realised how far he has come, and I guess, like me, you will feel happy for him too. Nov 03, Carly rated it it was amazing Shelves: Overall, I really enjoyed the characters, the art, and the way the high-school experience is portrayed.

And no one is really as happy as they pretend to be.


I would recommend th I read “Happyface” and I found this book to be a good book, but it was hard to get into, although it was a fast read.

This is the diary of Happyface, a not-so-happy-as-everyone-thinks-he-is teenager. I wouldn’t say this book was especially profound and some of emons pacing did feel awkward, but it was engaging enough that I was able to finish it in only a few hours.

I don’t like it. So, I decided to stick out my noble chin I feel like it made high school almost too dark and forgot to mention some really great moments that Happgface sure the main character must have felt at least once in his entire four years at his school.

Overall I thought the book was very interesting and a bit similar to the diary of a wimpy kid books because it followed the aspect as if the main character was writing a diary of the vents that happened in this book. Truly innovative and inspirational, Stephen Emond is a great, great writer and I really hope some of you leave this review wanting to check out Happyface for yourselves.


Published March 1st by Little, Brown and Company. It took me on a journey through the life of a teenager. My favorite character was Happyface because he becomes someone that is easy to relate to. This is his journal. At first, this change really affects Happy Face and he was very quiet but eventually he meets Gretchen at school.

Happyface by Stephen Emond

Happy face is special in that it gives you the out. Parents separated, troubles with siblings, difficult times with kids in school and a hard time with school in general.

Then the boys parents got a divorce.

This facade works effectively at the start. Stephen Emond’s intriguing fiction novel HappyFace may be relatable for some and has been one of my favorite books so far.

Happyface is a book about a troubled boy.

Happyface by Stephen Emond – A Better World through Books

I didn’t find anything so “original”. This was about a teenage boy so it was right up my alley. When the marriage falls apart, he moves to a new town and has a fresh start. At first, this seems to work: With this gist of the entries and the text with the stories, it is a great read!

The writer of the journal of sketches, comics, and journal entries that tells the story is becoming who he will be, understanding the failures of his parents, his brother, and the new friends he has made, as well as the old one he left behind–and most emon, of his own shortcomings. I was left with the option to do it as a digital comic, or to do a series of graphic novels.

To show me attention.