Get Happy

  • Interest Level: Grade 7 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

Minerva has been raised by her single mother after her father left them. On her 17th birthday, she is shocked to discover that he has been trying to keep in touch, and that her mother has been sabotaging his attempts. Furious at her mom, Minerva begins to investigate her dad, a famous marine biologist, only to discover that he has a new family, including a beloved and perfect, stepdaughter—a girl Minerva already knows and despises.

As Minerva tries to build her songwriting career, jealousy takes over and threatens to derail her life completely. It is only through the efforts of her best friend, Fin, and the introduction of Hayes, a new young man in her life, that she is able to see clearly who she is and who makes up her family.

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Interest Level Grade 7 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Young Adult
Copyright 2014
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Lab ®
Language English
Number of Pages 244
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS YAF018000, YAF018060
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.25
Lexile 760
ATOS Reading Level 4.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 173906
Accelerated Reader® Points 6.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography and Reviewed

Author: Mary Amato

Mary Amato is an award-winning children's and YA book author, songwriter, and poet who lives in Maryland. Her books have been translated into foreign languages, optioned for television, and produced onstage.


School Library Journal

“Amato skillfully balances Minerva’s angst with plenty of light, fun bits….[T]his is a moving, charged tale of family and identity.” —School Library Journal


“Amato once again strums a clever, heartfelt, and realistic story sure to appeal to musical tweens.” —Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“Veteran Amato skillfully infuses her tale with moments of teenage angst, jealousy, disenchantment, humor and love. Hits a deep, sweet resonating note.” —Kirkus Reviews

Library Media Connection

“[T]his novel is well-written with characters that are believable and a main character that is enjoyable; the reader will root for Minerva.” —Library Media Connection


“Combining a gentle mix of two creative friends with the pain of not knowing a parent, the insecurity of not being good enough, and just the right amount of romance and silliness, Get Happy is an easy read that will be enjoyed by young readers of realistic fiction.” —VOYA