This is the first book I am reading by author Mary Amato...and boy am I happy I "met" her. This story was so cute - I loved the BFF relationship between Gabby and Fin...I wish I had a Fin in high school...I am quite certain I would have been much happier. I also adore how she wrote Gabby's character - focusing on her talent and "cool" personality rather that her physicality. I am so tired of every character being the gorgeous, but not knowing it, type. That's not to say Gabby isn't pretty, it is a non issue, and I like that...a lot. I also like that the love story is secondary to her relationship with her family and friends. Such a great contemporary YA book...next up Guitar Notes.
This review is based on an advanced readers copy I received through Netgalley - Get Happy comes out October, 2014.
Description via Netgalley
In this poignant, realistic, contemporary YA by a state master list star, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Gayle Forman, a young songwriter builds a substitute family with her friends in place of the broken family she grew up with. Minerva has been raised by her single mother after her father left them both. On her 17th birthday, she is shocked to discover that he has been trying to keep in touch, but her mother has been sabotaging his attempts. Furious at her mom, she begins to investigate her dad, a famous marine biologist, only to discover that he has a new family, including a beloved, and perfect, stepdaughter--a girl Minerva already knows and despises. As she makes her way, trying to build her performing and songwriting career, her jealousy takes over and threatens to derail her life completely. It is only through the efforts of her best friend, Fin, and the introduction of Hayes, a new young man in her life, that she is able to see clearly who she is and who makes up her family.