happyface by Stephen Emond

Another Happy Face
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.

Kirkus Review


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