Monday, April 18, 2011

The Pursuit of Happiness

Just watched Sunrise segment which stated that happiness boils down to following facts:
50% genetically disposed
40% how you spend your day
10% - oops can't remember

I've often wondered why it is that some people can survive incredible hardship and still smile at the other end while others don't. Just finished reading David Metzenthen's Jarvis 24, published in 2009, which is an enjoyable story about a boy with positive happiness genes. Although he has experienced the loss of a friend, this is a story of him moving on. There's not a lot of teen angst here, but a real insight into a 16 year old boy getting on with life. The voice is incredibly strong — I was sad to leave the character at the end of the book.

Recommend for boys. Recommend for girls who want an insight into what teen boys really think.


Megan Burke said...

bought this book years ago and is sitting in my "will read when have time" pile.

(which gets bigger and bigger but sadly never decreases)

Sue Lawson said...

I loved this book too, KT. David Metz is a hell of a writer!

karen tayleur said...

Megan - do yourself a favour. Please read. Sue - hmm, think you may have something there!