happyface is a wonderful mixed genre book, perhaps this mash-up now has a name but it is part drawings, part comics, and part prose. happyface is the nickname for a young man whose life has taken some tough turns. He is working hard to give himself a social makeover from lonely geek to mysterious charmer. happyface is not just his nickname, it is his new persona. This novel helps the reader to get inside the head of a young man trying to figure out who he is and what he wants to be. Stephen Emond looks at under-age drinking, alcoholism, death, grieving and affairs of the heart through his character’s eyes. A hidden and critical event in the plot line will make this a challenging read for some students. Definitely worth purchasing for a high school, it is also a decent addition to the YA section within a K-8 or middle school.