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(The first book in the HappyHead series)
A novel by

2024 YA Book Prize (nominee)

We are in an epidemic. An epidemic of unhappiness. 

Friends, here is the good news: HappyHead has the answer.


When Seb is offered a place on a radical retreat designed to solve the national crisis of teenage unhappiness, he is determined to change how people see him and make his parents proud. But as he finds himself drawn to the enigmatic Finn, Seb starts to question the true nature of the challenges they must undergo. The deeper into the programme the boys get, the more disturbing the assessments become, until it’s clear there may be no escape...

The first in a thrilling, thought-provoking new series for fans of They Both Die at the End and Squid Game

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Praise for this book

"A brilliantly written page-turner, HappyHead is a compelling love story set in an all too possible world where no one can be trusted and teenage happiness is not an aspiration but a must. Sharp and unsettling, Silver's debut had me rooting for Seb and Finn from the off." - Amy Beashel

"HappyHead is a heart-pounding must-read. Thought-provoking and absorbing, it is nearly impossible to put down." - Ravena Guron

"Josh Silver has written an incredible book! Seb is such a charismatic and endearing main character with a unique voice that makes you root for him immediately. It's a book that grows in tension and action with each page, with a brilliantly evil concept and phenomenal twists. The 'Love Island' meets 'Squid Game' concept is fantastic and it only gets more compelling the deeper into the story you get. I honestly can't wait to read the next instalment! (there better be a next instalment!!)" - Ben Oliver

"Like Hunger Games but better." - Sue Wallman

"Cancel your reading slump, because Josh Silver has arrived. With a voice that will suck you in from page one, you'll be rooting for Seb from the edge of your seat and he won't let you go until the very last line. An unforgettable debut that recaptures the thrills and spills of great YA dystopian fiction." - Melissa Welliver

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