Kill All Happies by Rachel Cohn

Kill All Happies

Last Call at Happies! Tonight, 8 P.M. Senior Class Only! Please with the Shhhh…. This is it. Graduation. And Vic Navarro is throwing the most epic party Rancho Soldado has ever seen. She’s going to pull off the most memorable good-bye ever for her best friends, give Happies—the kitschy restaurant that is her desert town’s claim to fame—a proper send-off into bankruptcy, a...

Title:Kill All Happies
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ISBN:1423157222
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:288 pages

Kill All Happies Reviews

  • Nicole Hewitt

    This review and a giveaway of the book can be found on my blog:

    I have a confession to make: I didn’t think I was going to like this book. In fact, when I received it in the mail and re-read the blurb, I thought to myself, “Why did I accept this book for review? What was I thinking? This is not my kind of book at all!” You see, I’m not usually a fan of the type of book that glorifies teenage partying and general bad behavior, and when I re-read the blurb, I was pretty

    This review and a giveaway of the book can be found on my blog:

    I have a confession to make: I didn’t think I was going to like this book. In fact, when I received it in the mail and re-read the blurb, I thought to myself, “Why did I accept this book for review? What was I thinking? This is not my kind of book at all!” You see, I’m not usually a fan of the type of book that glorifies teenage partying and general bad behavior, and when I re-read the blurb, I was pretty sure that was what I was in for. I was wrong … sort of. Okay, fine, in some ways I was kind of right, but somehow Rachel Cohn made me like this book anyway.

    Vic.

    The main reason Kill All Happies ended up appealing to me is that the MC, even under relatively crazy circumstances, is surprisingly smart and level-headed. Oh, don’t get me wrong, she’s a teenager, and she makes some very “teenage logic” type decisions (now that I have teenagers of my own I know this logic oh-so-well). The fact that she’s throwing an entire party basically because she’s hoping to have sex with her best friend’s hot brother is not my favorite of motivations—but that’s not all there is to Vic. She cares about things—her friends, her community, what Happies restaurant symbolizes to them all. And she’s actually trying to be pretty intelligent about the party itself—she doesn’t judge anyone for acting crazy, but she repeatedly takes care of things to make sure nothing goes too far (well, she tries, at least). She needs this party as an outlet because her life as she knows it is ending (not because of happies, but because she and her friends are leaving), and she’s not 100% sure where it’s headed next. At the same time, we get a clear picture that Vic is more than capable—she’s just a bit lost. This makes her relatable (at least to me).

    Happies restaurant.

    The Happies restaurant element is actually what drew me in in the first place (that's why I first accepted the book for review---something about the concept drew me in). I loved the idea of this old diner (and even older amusement park) with a weird cult following. The parts of the book that involved the Happies fans were all sorts of amusing, and I could vividly imagine the old, broken down theme park. (Wouldn't it be incredibly fun to visit something like that?)

    The romance.

    I was fairly certain that the romance in this book was going to be a low-point for me, considering the fact that we knew from the start that Vic was just out for a booty call with her best friend’s older brother. He seems relatively sleazy, at that—not sure what he had going for him besides the fact that he’s hot. But Cohn turns things around on us and keeps us guessing, and I ended up loving how everything ended in the romance department.

    Underdeveloped secondary characters.

    Honestly, this book is about Vic, and everyone else is sort of a backdrop. Even Vic’s best friends feel a teensy bit like cardboard cutouts because we just don’t get to know them enough to truly care about them or their relationship with Vic. Because this book focuses a lot on the crazy events of the party night and on Vic’s experiences, there just isn’t time to do a lot of intense character development with the secondary characters. I still enjoyed many of them, but I would have liked a bit more. Then there was the “villain” of the book, Thrope, who pretty much came off as a cartoon character. We never get any true insight into why the heck Thrope is so insane, so we kind of just have to accept her at face value.

    Not reading this for realism.

    There were lots of points where I was rolling my eyes at the craziness, especially with interactions at the beginning and end of the book between Vic and Thrope. This book is a fun read, not a particularly grounded or realistic one.

    And, yep, it does glorify teen bad behavior at some points.

    Not gonna lie, I didn’t love everything that went on at Vic’s party, but I recognize that I’m not the target audience, and I felt like it was balanced a lot by Vic herself, who did seem to have a good head on her shoulders (except for her crush). My biggest issue is that there was casual drug use (even by Vic), which always really bugs me. I have personal issues with teen drug use being portrayed as “no big deal” based on events that happened to people close to me in my past, so I’m never a fan of this in books.

    You certainly can’t go into this book expecting to take it too seriously—but if you’re like me, you’ll be surprised by how much Vic will grow on you, and you’ll kind of be rooting for that Happies party to go down in history for its awesomeness (and for its level of catastrophic failure). I give this book 3.5/5 Stars (which has easily been rounded to 4).

  • Christy

    DNF @ page 68 because I can't handle the slurs. Nope.

  • Heather 'Bookables'

    3.

    Liked this book but wanted more. I found the characters to be a little unrealistic and the book was muddled down with it's own slang & etc. Very short & easy to fly through though!

  • Selene

    2.5 Stars

    This was just meh. Also, I need clarification, is this suppose to be young adult or new adult?

  • Mike and Becca  (Books and Looks)

    My full review of Kill All Happies by Rachel Cohn:

  • April

    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 e

    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 last 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? (Read-alikes if you can think of them) 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.

    FTC Disclosure: The Publisher provided me with a copy of this book to provide an honest review. No goody bags, sponsorship, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

  • GABBYABOOKS

    This was such a fun, summery contemporary!

  • Sierra Dean

    Calling something the "perfect summer read" feels cliched, but man, this book really is a perfect summer read. Following Vic Navarro as she tries to put on the greatest senior party her small town has ever seen, all while her insane economics teacher tries to ruin her life, and other outside forces come together to try and dismantle the fun.

    This book gave me the same "one final party" vibe as Dazed and Confused, and other end-of-high-school stories, plus it's by the author of Nick and Nora's In

    Calling something the "perfect summer read" feels cliched, but man, this book really is a perfect summer read. Following Vic Navarro as she tries to put on the greatest senior party her small town has ever seen, all while her insane economics teacher tries to ruin her life, and other outside forces come together to try and dismantle the fun.

    This book gave me the same "one final party" vibe as Dazed and Confused, and other end-of-high-school stories, plus it's by the author of Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist, so you know she can cram a lot into one night.

    Really enjoyable, highly recommend.

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