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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
Finding Happy is the first book in the Happy Montana series by Zanne Sweeney. It starts off with a throwback to Breezy's history up until that point. We find out about the loss of parents at a young(ish) age and about a rushed marriage that probably shouldn't have taken place. Sooner than she thought possible, decades have passed. Breezy realizes that she's probably not happy with what life has given her and sets out to make it right.
This book waits for no one. Some paragraphs span the space of minutes, while others can span years. This sort of format was new to me and took a little while getting used to, but I appreciated it. Why? Because that's how life is! There are some days where you remember every moment with infinite, painful clarity. And then there are whole periods of your life that are lost to the fuzz of a few words of summary. It was a different style that came off as blunt at times, and very precise and to the point at others. While it was different, I grew to enjoy this style as the book went along.
The characters kept their motivations and drives relatively close to their chests and it was almost like a game, as the story progressed, to pull these little bits of personality, of passion, and of motivation out of them. I related to Toby O'Brian a little more than Tank, but they were both appealing in their own way and I enjoyed this particular blend of love-triangle for what it was: a good sibling rivalry! Zanne Sweeney has a sweet, fun idea here with the Happy Montana series, and she already made me want to head out west with Finding Happy.