Young people in reading groups around the country have read and selected these mood-boosting books. There are some very surprising as well as inspiring choices. These are certainly not all cheerful stories, sometimes our spirits can be lifted by a giggle, sometimes we need to know we are not struggling alone.
Why not decide for yourself and try one?
Recommended by Rachel from South Tyneside: 'It is thoroughly enjoyable . . . hard to put down at some points as you want to know what is going to happen. A lot of people can relate to Mira, the main character, as it is a common situation... very nicely detailed so it is easy to picture yourself there in the story'.
Recommended by a reader from Wiltshire: 'This is being written by an author who understands pain and hope . . . Before I read this book, I didn't really get people who were trying to help me. Now I give people more of a chance'.
Recommended by Kirsten from South Tyneside: 'It brings you to the right mood'.
Recommended by a reader from Wigan: 'Because even though it is not a 'happy' book, it shows that stressful times can be worked through'.
Recommended by Hannah from Calderdale: 'It took my mind off what I was doing and made me happy for others'.
Recommended by a reader from Wiltshire: 'I dare anyone in the world not to love this book. It's so original and gripping!'.
Recommended by a reader from, Wiltshire: 'Just Listen is hilarious and emotionally intelligent with great dialogue!'.
Recommended by Bethany from South Tyneside: 'It's a funny book and it's easy to identify with the main character'.
Recommended by a reader from Wiltshire: 'I couldn't believe the author could write such short chapters that packed in so much action. I don't like long books but this one was kind of long but really easy to read and exciting. It also had characters like us'.
Recommended by a reader from South Tyneside: 'Because it has a happy ending. It's also thought-provoking about family relationships'.
Recommended by Hannah from Calderdale: 'It was uplifting to see her gaining confidence and having fun for the first time in her life . . It absorbs the reader and helps you take your mind off your own life'.
Recommended by a reader from Wiltshire: 'She totally understands disadvantaged young people who have problems and worries, and just reading Numbers helped me escape, even though it was so sad and tragic'.
Recommended by a reader from Wiltshire: 'It was sheer escapism; you wish it was you. This is the best book I've ever read in my life!'.
Recommended by a reader from Derbyshire: 'The book has a positive feel throughout and you can almost forget your problems and be transported into Anna's world as a maid . . . you love her as a character'.
Recommended by a reader from Wiltshire: 'The Sky is Everywhere deals with death and loss but it's still rich and romantic and has great characters'.
Recommended by Jacob from Calderdale: 'There are happy bits and interesting bits in this book, to make you think about life'.