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With wry wit and boundless heart, Eva Woods delivers an unforgettable tale of celebrating triumphs great and small, seizing the day, and always remembering to live in the moment.

"It's simple, really. You're just meant to do one thing every day that makes you happy. Could be little things. Could be big. In fact, we're doing one right now..."

Annie Hebden is stuck. Stuck in her boring job, with her irritating roommate, in a life no thirty-five-year-old would want. But deep down, Annie is still mourning the terrible loss that tore a hole through the perfect existence she'd once taken for granted--and hiding away is safer than remembering what used to be. Until she meets the eccentric Polly Leonard.

Bright, bubbly, intrusive Polly is everything Annie doesn't want in a friend. But Polly is determined to finally wake Annie up to life. Because if recent events have taught Polly anything, it's that your time is too short to waste a single day--which is why she wants Annie to join her on a mission...

One hundred days. One hundred new ways to be happy. Annie's convinced it's impossible, but so is saying no to Polly. And on an unforgettable journey that will force her to open herself to new experiences--and perhaps even new love with the unlikeliest of men--Annie will slowly begin to realize that maybe, just maybe, there's still joy to be found in the world. But then it becomes clear that Polly's about to need her new friend more than ever...and Annie will have to decide once and for all whether letting others in is a risk worth taking.

"A special book that will make you laugh through your tears with its heartfelt take on happiness and friendship."--Amy E. Reichert, author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

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Booklist Review

Annie has felt numb for a while, but after a challenging few years, numbness is a relief. After the death of her infant son, the dissolution of her marriage, and her mother's descent into dementia, Annie doesn't see much hope left in her world. While visiting her mother in the neurology ward, Annie meets Polly, an eccentric woman who's all too forthcoming about her terminal diagnosis, and Bob, her brain tumor. Annie and Polly embark on an odd friendship, with Polly taking the role of ringleader. Bob's presence in Polly's life has inspired her to start doing one happy thing every day, for 100 days. Annie joins in, pushing the boundaries of her comfort zone and learning more about herself than she ever imagined. Something like Happy is inspiration in a bottle. Author Woods uses her novel inspired by a social-media hashtag to explore the exhilaration of new friendship, the power of loss, and the evergreen tendrils of hope.--Turza, Stephanie Copyright 2017 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Misery takes a back seat in this uplifting, humorous, and touching novel. Londoner Annie Hebden has given up hope of finding happiness. Her baby, Jacob, dies unexpectedly; her husband, Mike, leaves her for her best friend, Jane, and now, due to early-onset dementia, her mother, Annie's given in to her despair. She loathes her job as a finance officer, neglects her flat, and barely communicates with her roommate. After visiting her mother in the hospital, a colorful whirlwind named Polly Leonard barrels into Annie. In Annie, Polly believes she has found the perfect person to assist her in her latest, and final, project: One Hundred Happy Days. Polly may only have 100 days left, as she's got terminal brain cancer (a tumor lovingly named Bob), and refuses to let her remaining time be miserable or go unnoticed. Reluctantly, Annie agrees to Polly's plan to do or think of one happy thing a day. Soon, Polly has commandeered Annie's life, making her jump in fountains, ride roller coasters, and listen to orchestras. Annie realizes that Polly is dying far better than Annie has ever lived, so maybe happiness does have a place in her life after all. Delightful page-turning awaits readers, even with Polly's inevitable finale. Polly is a wonderful character with a positively infectious attitude-memorable and magnetic, with a healthy dose of gallows humor. Joy shines through the tears, as this novel is a life lesson that should not be ignored. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

At 35, Annie Hebden, still grieving a painful loss, is ready for a change when she meets the eccentric Polly. Determined to bring Annie out of her funk. Polly concocts a happiness mission: find 100 new ways to be happy over 100 days. Simply irresistible! © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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