Monday, July 6, 2015

Book Review: Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center

Happiness for Beginners
Author:  Katherine Center
Publisher:  St. Martin's Griffin, 320 pages
Publication Date:  March 24, 2015

From Goodreads:
A year after getting divorced, Helen Carpenter, thirty-two, lets her annoying, ten years younger brother talk her into signing up for a wilderness survival course. It's supposed to be a chance for her to pull herself together again, but when she discovers that her brother's even-more-annoying best friend is also coming on the trip, she can't imagine how it will be anything other than a disaster. Thus begins the strangest adventure of Helen's well-behaved life: three weeks in the remotest wilderness of a mountain range in Wyoming where she will survive mosquito infestations, a surprise summer blizzard, and a group of sorority girls.

Yet, despite everything, the vast wilderness has a way of making Helen's own little life seem bigger, too. And, somehow the people who annoy her the most start teaching her the very things she needs to learn. Like how to stand up for herself. And how being scared can make you brave. And how sometimes you just have to get really, really lost before you can even have a hope of being found. 

All. The. Stars.  

All. The. Feels.

I fell in love with this book.  Happiness for Beginners is the perfect combination of romance, humor, and finding yourself. Helen is HILARIOUS and so relatable.  

And Jake.  Move over, top book boyfriend, Jake has taken your spot.

After reading it, I went out and bought every single book this author has written.


Posted by:  Pam


  1. Wow, that's high praise! I was immediately intrigued by this book's title, and your review makes me think the story is just as good. Will definitely add to my to-read list. :)

  2. A friend of mine is listening to the audiobook, and she really enjoys it. I have to check this one out!

  3. This is the third glowing review for this one, I had never heard of it, so I will have to add it to my list :)

  4. Okay, I keep hearing about this book and seeing it on Goodreads, and now you loved it too?? Definitely need to give this one a try. Thanks for the rec!

  5. What??? I haven't heard anything about this book, but this review has me wanting to jump over to Amazon and buy it right now. Jake is a new top book boyfriend??? Who is this Jake person?? I must meet him!