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
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages

Kill All Happies Reviews

  • Nicole Hewitt
    Apr 28, 2017

    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).

  • Michelle
    May 18, 2017

    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:

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    Kill all Happies is a standalone young adult contemporary novel by Rachel Cohn. I know this is going to sound crazy, but this is the first book I have read by Rachel. Kill All Happies is a story of a senior class' last hurrah. And boy oh boy is it one heck of a night for them. I really enjoyed this crazy over the top story. It was a lot of fun to read. It was certainly not like any graduation party I have seen in rea

    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:

    **

    Kill all Happies is a standalone young adult contemporary novel by Rachel Cohn. I know this is going to sound crazy, but this is the first book I have read by Rachel. Kill All Happies is a story of a senior class' last hurrah. And boy oh boy is it one heck of a night for them. I really enjoyed this crazy over the top story. It was a lot of fun to read. It was certainly not like any graduation party I have seen in real life, but I am sure graduation parties like this have taken place many times. Rachel Cohn has a very snappy and funny writing style. It was one of the things I enjoyed most about the story. The first page of the book had me laughing out loud, which I knew was going to a sign of great things to come.

    Happies is a local restaurant, that also has an amusement park?! What? How could something that sounds that cool, close down? Victoria, or Vic, was the favorite worst server at Happies, and she wants to throw the party to end all parties for her graduating class. At first, I wasn't a huge fan of Vic, but I tell you what...she totally grew on me. I thought this book was going to be all about superficial fun. And I think mostly it was. And that part was a blast. But there was this unexpected element of nostalgia, that I really appreciated from Vic and from Kill all Happies. It helped me relate to her on a deeper level. Because I totally get the sadness that comes with saying goodbye to your high school friends and the stress that comes with the uncertainty of college or other future plans. It was this aspect of Kill all Happies that I really loved.

    The romance was ok and and the secondary characters were all ok as well. The plot was hilarious. It kind of reminded me of the hangover movies, or those other movies that take place in one 24 hour period where everything goes wrong. And each time it one ups the last time. I mean some of the things were epically ridiculous, which I loved. It makes me laugh just thinking about some of the things that happened in this book. But you know what? The crazier the story got, the more I liked Vic. (she certainly does curse a lot though. I have nothing against cursing, but it felt a little heavy handed at times.)

    Kill all Happies is a really fun ride. I loved all the zany antics, and I really loved Rachel Cohn's writing style. If you are looking for a really funny young adult read that has a little romance, lots of bad decisions (and some good ones) and lots of fun, Kill all Happies is one heck of a fun read. I really enjoyed this one.

  • Christy
    Apr 02, 2017

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

  • Heather 'Bookables'
    Apr 19, 2017

    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!

  • The Belle
    May 08, 2017

    Victoria Navarro has just graduated high school and is looking for a way to make the moment count. With one of her best friends jetting off to spend a year doing humanitarian work in Africa, and her own impending departure to San Francisco (thus completely dismantling the trio of girlfriends that have dubbed themselves "The Cuddle Huddle"), Vic is anxious to create some long-lasting memories and blow out of town with a bang. And it is imperative that she have her best friends, Fletch and Slick,

    Victoria Navarro has just graduated high school and is looking for a way to make the moment count. With one of her best friends jetting off to spend a year doing humanitarian work in Africa, and her own impending departure to San Francisco (thus completely dismantling the trio of girlfriends that have dubbed themselves "The Cuddle Huddle"), Vic is anxious to create some long-lasting memories and blow out of town with a bang. And it is imperative that she have her best friends, Fletch and Slick, right by her side.

    Rancho Soldado, a sleepy small town located in the shadow of Las Vegas, is just as ready for a big blow-out as she is. Happies, their resident safe place and iconic, tourist claim-to-fame, is closing up shop under the black cloud of bankruptcy. Bev Happie is ready to leave her childhood behind her and at the tender age of 75, is set on moving to Florida to begin anew with money made from the sale. Happies has been an institution in the town since her toddler years and although she's sad to see it end, Bev has no idea how to make things work anymore. Rancho is just far enough off the map that tourism has tapered off steadily enough over the years and hardly anyone comes through anymore - except the diehard Happies fans who are obsessed with the nostalgia that lives within the four walls of the restaurant and attached theme park.

    When Bev finally gives in to Vic's insistent begging, an idea is born. Vic is going to throw the biggest send-off party her town has ever seen; both for Happies and the graduating class. She will be able to say goodbye to life as she's known it in style and maybe, just maybe, she'll finally be able to hook up with the guy she's had her eyes on for years.

    Getting everything put together on short notice isn't going to be easy, especially with Vic's arch nemesis, Miss. Ann Thrope dogging her every step. Thrope has been looking for any opportunity to ruin her life for years and Vic just knows that if her old teacher gets wind of the party-of-the-century due to debut this weekend, all bets will be off. Fortunately for the Senior Class, Vic Navarro has never backed down from a chance to undermine her sworn enemy. Life is looking up.

    But as the party begins, it's just one problem after another:

    Jake, Vic's love interest and Slick's older brother, is in charge of the beer (courtesy of his broke-down car turned beer truck, christened The Chug Bug) but she can't seem to get him alone. And everything has to be on the down-low because Slick has expressly forbid her best friend from touching her brother.

    Evergrace Everdell, the weird and annoying homeschooled kid who wasn't invited, shows up anyway and starts causing trouble. She's spouting off nonsense about Vic not knowing the truth about her best friends, and it's making her uneasy.

    Zeke, the tall and emo brother to her crush, keeps following her around trying to be the voice of reason. Once he throws her cell phone into the night in an attempt to force her into having fun, she's technologically crippled and becomes unable to find her friends in the growing crowd.

    And despite orders that the party be kept as secret as possible and no social media posts made, everyone has blasted the news that last call at Happies is happening now. The result is tons of Happies fans have descended upon the town and broken into the long since condemned and off-limits theme park in back of the old restaurant - breaking the one rule Bev gave to Vic in exchange for giving her a location for the party.

    All hell has officially broken loose.

    Will Vic be able to find her friends and put some troubling rumors to rest? Will she finally be able to share more than a stolen kiss with the guy she's been crushing on for years, without her best friend finding out? Will she be able to keep the party under control long enough that someone doesn't inadvertently set the place on fire? Will she be able to host this evening of debauchery under Thrope's nose and pull of the con of all cons?

    And will she actually be able to say goodbye to Happies and Rancho Saldado for good?

    Kill All Happies is the new book from Rachel Cohn, an author best known for her work on Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist and Gingerbread. She is a writer who celebrates a strong, female protagonist and Vic Navarro, star of Kill All Happies, is no exception. Cohn has a way of offering interesting and quirky characters that readers will enjoy getting to know. While Kill All Happies does indeed have several of these wonderful additions (Zeke, the punk-rocker with a heart of gold; Chester, the stoner older brother with a few surprises up his sleeve; Mayor Jerry, the resident hippie) I found that the antagonist, Miss. Ann Thrope, was sorely lacking. I would have loved for her to be a meatier villain with more depth - and I also would have enjoyed a stronger resolution between Vic and her mortal enemy. In fact, I would have preferred a stronger resolution for many things at the closing of the story. I was left wanting so much more.

    Rating this book a 3.5 stars out of 5 is hard, because I did enjoy the story a lot. What I didn't enjoy was what I felt to be an excessive use of profanity that in my opinion, dumbed the characters down. Not all teenagers feel the need to drop the F-bomb every other word just to get their points across, and I always find myself a bit annoyed when authors assume this. It's as if they have in their head that this is how a teenager speaks, and so they elaborate upon that dialect. Another issue I had was while I appreciate a bit of reckless debauchery as a rite of passage for any kid in the middle of that awkward transition from older teenager to adult, I was a bit put off by the careless mentions of casual sex and hookups. I'm not an idiot, I know teenagers have sex, but I had a hard time believing that the majority of girls feel so unemotional about it. I think the author was using casual sex as a way to empower Vic and instead, it just made her appear a bit disconnected. Maybe I'm old and out of touch, but as the mother to a teenage daughter, it just seemed odd.

    I loved - loved - loved the nostalgic feel of Happies and wish there was more background on the place that brought so many people - from all over the United States - together. It sounds like a place I would personally love to visit. Bev Happie was charming and a true staple in her community, which made it surprising that Rancho Saldado was okay with the place being closed down. But because Happies was so beloved, I had a hard time understanding how the devoted Happies fans would come into the old theme park and begin virtually destroying it via vandalism. It didn't quite make sense and was out of place.

    I recommend Kill All Happies to YA readers 16 and up, due to the language and sexual conversations. Please be advised that no actual sex is involved ( just talk of it, and is not graphic in nature).

  • Selene
    May 21, 2017

    2.5 Stars

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

  • BookHookup
    May 09, 2017

    You can find Christina's original full review of this title

    on The Book Hookup.

    An ARC of this title was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.

    With a sassy heroine and her two tried-and-true, Cuddle Huddle besties, the wrong guy, the right guy, and one l

    You can find Christina's original full review of this title

    on The Book Hookup.

    An ARC of this title was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.

    With a sassy heroine and her two tried-and-true, Cuddle Huddle besties, the wrong guy, the right guy, and one last post-graduation celebratory hoorah at a theme park set for demolition, 

    had me anticipating the worst but relishing in all the epicness of the best of times in this story that kept me laughing and turning the pages. I couldn't have predicted how awesome this night would turn out for the characters in this book filled with one disaster after the next trying to interrupt their fun-flow, or how frustratingly human some of those characters would turn out to be by the end.

    One thing I do know is this: Cohn captured the teen spirit like none other and this book was–forgive the language, but our heroine, Vic, and her beloved Bev Happie would definitely approve–a fucking riot!

    ♥ 

    Let's get the nitty gritty out of the way, shall we? The thing is there is nothing live-shattering or earth-moving about the premise of this book. It's doesn't include a philosophical plot or verbose prose to make you ponder the deeper meaning of life. Hell, half of the time it borders on absolute absurdity, but the point of this novel (to me) was fun times, teenage debauchery, and to be a book that doesn't make you have to think too damn hard, and, as a matter of fact, I

    it for its simplicity. It had a fun cast of main and secondary characters (though, admittedly, some of them could have been fleshed out just a tad more) and a kind of insane plot built on the ideals of a teenage girl at the cusp of adulthood during the height of her revenge plot and lusty thoughts for her best friend's older brother.  Perhaps it was the right book at the right time, but the truth is, I enjoyed it. I laughed out loud and traversed this ridiculousness of it all with the characters until the very end. I don't want to go too much in-depth in regards to the plot, so I won't. However, I do want to add that it's definitely an experience, that's for sure.

    I think the best part for me was the friendships and how even the best of friends have their secrets and their flaws even within a tiny group such as the Cuddle Huddle. Oh, they fought–did and said some hurtful things–but in the end, the resiliency they had to overcome that tiny bit of bad in a time when so much of their lives was changing was perfect. We're human. We screw up, we will all inevitably make mistakes, some of them will even be huge ones, and the people you can always count on to support you even when you mess up the most is your best friends, and Vic was mighty damn lucky to grow up with the group she did.

    As for what I didn't necessarily love, well, the pacing lulled in so many places for me. If I wasn't so keyed up to see how the night would unfold from all the various shenanigans and the wild crowd in attendance, then I imagine it would have taken me quite a lot longer (than my already-longer-than-usual-reading pace) to finish this.

    ♥ 

    ♥ 

    The pacing may not have had my heart racing but the entertainment of this crazy cast certainly kept me flipping the pages.

    ♥ 

  • Mike & Becca  (Books and Looks)
    May 17, 2017

    My full review of Kill All Happies by Rachel Cohn:

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