Happyface by Stephen Emond. Publication Date: March 1, ; Genres: Fiction; Hardcover: pages; Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Moving easily between cartoons and painterly black-and-white illustration, this epistolary novel of a young teen’s reinvention of self is subtle. 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.

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Jul 31, Lafourche Parish Library rated it really liked it Shelves: Steohen girl was very good looking, but never acted like she was. One of the teeth of that smiley face has to be knocked out, maybe symbolically tearing away the smile mask he had been wearing. This fictional black-and-white illustrated diary of a painfully awkward teen boy with underlying issues is touching and well-done.

And what I found shocking was Happyface is his nickname. It’s not that I’m never okay, or I lie at the first answer, but it’s become such an instinct to just answer that I am okay, rather than explain why if I am not.

It’s more of how one may perceive said consequences, and maybe that was the point, but that wasn’t how it came across. Then Happy Face’s brother Ev spends his time hanging out with his friends and getting into lots of trouble with lots of girls.

It was also not mentioned whether Everett did live with his father, but I assumed he had gone back to college or something.

See all 5 questions about Happyface…. Ever since then, people were careful to really ask me that, and conversations usually start like this: The book was pretty strong for me, a solid three stars, but I had some problems with the climax and resolution.


It’s a little much when looking at a full page of this font, but paired along with the art and empty space it’s pretty readable. And I bounced and I giggled and I hello kittied my way through my senior year. New town, new school, family issues, girl issues, I-Am-So-Lonely issues but decides with this new start he’s going to start a project.

There, he decided to shed his old identity and transform into Happyface, the happyfacd of any party and source of flippant jokes and sarcasm. I thought it this book was a book full of characters trying to be themselves and trying to find the importance in what they think is their life, and finding that their is more to life than just themselves but also that letting other people know themselves is a good thing to.

And you are kind of forced to change yourself. The hardback version of the book has a protective cover on it with a smiley face but when you take the cover off, it reveals a frown instead.

He grows to like one of his friends stephn a crush, Gretchen, and after a party he kisses her. As a reader you know he’s got some secrets, halpyface that he’s covering a lot of pain, but you don’t find out what until later and I don’t want to ruin it for you. This book is called “Happyface” and was written and illustrated by Stephen Emond.

The story is of a teen who switches school and sort of reinvents himself. Little, Brown and Company, Want to Read saving…. I would say this is also a little happyfface adventure because since happyface is trying to make a girl fall in love with him. Wished Happyface had been a little less lovesick, though.


It was bright, and the smiley made an interesting cover, and when I took a peek happyfacr, I saw that it was a book This adds to the book in a way that it would just not be complete without it.

Happyface by Stephen Emond

On one page I could be so happy for whatever was going on in the book and the next second be crying because something shocking or bad happen to someone in the book. The happyfac really makes you bond with the main character and makes you feel for him as he hzppyface through his tough times. Sex – Frequently mentioned and used as a status symbol and there are references to masturbation. This was a cute read, although very predictable. Nov 09, Autumn Sivits-Camara rated it really liked it.


I liked the plot and it kept me interested the entire time. So, I decided to stick out my noble chin Plus I always felt like if I open up and tell syephen exactly how I am, it’s like I’m laying the burden on them. Poignantly real journal entries, e-mails and chat sessions allow readers to see into Happyface’s world, and many will identify with his yearning for supposed normalcy.

Reading this book was almost like reading a comic book or a diary.

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