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Happyface

by Stephen Emond

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Happyface by Stephen Emond
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  • Published in USA  Mar 2010
    320 pages
    Genre: Novels

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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 after he moves to a new town. See the world through his hilariously self-deprecating eyes as he learns to shed his comic-book-loving, computer-game playing ways. Join him as he makes new friends, tries to hide from his past, and ultimately learns to face the world with a genuine smile. With a fresh and funny combination of text and fully integrated art, Happyface is an original storytelling experience.

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"Starred Review. [A]n endearing and self-deprecatingly witty debut novel ...whimsical, thoughtful, boyishly sarcastic, off-the-cuff, or achingly beautiful." - Publishers Weekly

"The pencil-and-ink sketches, comics, and doodles, paired with a disastrously small handwriting font, lend an intimate stream-of-consciousness feel to a story by turns funny, wrenching, quirky, and redemptive." - School Library Journal

"Starred Review. Moving easily between cartoons and painterly black-and-white illustration, this epistolary novel of a young teen's reinvention of self is subtle and effective... Poignantly real journal entries, e-mails and chat sessions allow readers to see into Happyface's world... [an] engaging and absolutely heartfelt tale." - Kirkus Reviews

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This is a spectacular story, “Happyface,” because it has an interesting plot and really cool characters. It’s about a teenager (Happyface) leaving his home to go to somewhere else, Crest Falls. Happyface is affected by his mother and father’s divorce, so he only lives with his mother. They live in an apartment, and eat pizza and chinese food everyday. He starts a new life in a different high school then he’s used to, and on the way he remembers his past that he couldn’t before. Happyface’s former best friend comes back in an interesting plot twist.

Happyface’s characters are overwhelming, as in a good way. Happyface first is a control freak, but he is really kind and not really aware. Chloe is really cool and really good with anything and loves Happyface, but she isn’t admitting it. Everett is really annoying, and gets away with everything. The dad is okay with almost everything except his mother’s marriage. His mom tries her hardest to keep her son save and sound in their apartment, and to get good grades. My absolute favorite character is Happyface no matter what because whenever he does something someone different does something that affects him.

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Steve Emond does not have any superhuman powers, neat tricks, or famous relatives, but he's a pretty cool guy who can draw. He is the creator of Emo Boy, which ran for 12 issues and two collections, and the comic strip, Steverino. He grew up in Connecticut, where he wrote and directed a public access sketch comedy show that only his grandmother watched.

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