Reasons to Be Happy focuses on life's transitions that leave Hannah feeling like she no longer knows herself. A move to a new town, navigating the lifestyle of being the daughter of a prominent actor and actress, as well as her mom's terminal illness. As if that was not enough, a sense of lack of control over her life leads her down the dangerous path of becoming bulimic.
With some aspects of the first chapters I felt disconnected from Hannah, feeling like her first person narrative was lacking a true sense of who she was as a person. Yet, that made sense because of her current state of feeling so lost and not quite knowing how to get back to the person she knew herself as.
When I started reading the book, I thought that the whole book would focus on her bulimia; however, I was in for a surprise as the book took a major shift that I was not expecting. I'm having a hard time not mentioning exactly what it was because there is a lot that I would like to say about that phase in the book, but I would not want to spoil the surprise for others. I will just say that it reminded me of Becoming Naomi León, with its own surprise shift, leading to a life-changing experience.
On October 10th I will be posting a Q&A with Katrina Kittle as part of her Reasons to Be Happy Blog Tour.