Kill All Happies – Rachel Cohn

  Kill All Happies – Rachel Cohn, Hyperion, 9781423157229, 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 2

Genre:  Realism/YA Romance

What did you like about the book? This story follows Vic Navarro as she attempts to throw the “most epic post-graduation party the drought-parched town of Rancho Soldado, Nevada; home to the soon-to-be-closed-cult-following-having restaurant/amusement park “Happies”” has ever seen. Mostly so that she can get laid by one of her three “Cuddle Huddle” best friends’ brother, Jake.  There’s political tension between civic-minded Vic and the town’s Councilwoman (and economics teacher) and there’s a melting pot of shallow but at least existent diversity of characters in here.  This is a whirlwind romance that takes place over the course of one increasingly unlikely night of shenanigans. 

Anything you didn’t like about it? It’s got the insta-lust, swearing (“dumbsluts” and the “f-bomb” featuring prominently), undeveloped friends and family you are bound to get in such a Quick Love story but once the slower parts are over (by the first 1/3 of the book) it does fly by with quips and laughably improbable moments. But you really can skim the first 2/3rds and not miss anything.

To whom would you recommend this book? This was less quirky/fun than Cohn’s earlier story of “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist” but the quick pace of the story happening in one night could appeal to fans of this previous book.

Who should buy this book? Public Libraries with a well-used YA section

Where would you shelve it? YA Fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: April Duclos, Hudson Public Library, Hudson MA

Date of review: 6/11/17

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