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Summary

Happiness for Humans is a joyful, romantic and very funny story, perfect for those who loved The Rosie Project and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.

Don't tell anyone, but Jen is one of my favourite people. (Machines aren't supposed to have favourites. Don't ask me how this has happened.)

Jen is sad. Aiden wants her to be happy. Simple? Except that Jen is a 30-something woman whose boyfriend has just left her and Aiden is a very complicated, very expensive piece of software.

Aiden knows Jen inside out. With access to all her devices, he knows her most played song, can find her favourite photos and single out the insta-quotes which most inspire her. Based on observations and unique algorithms, he has calculated that Jen should find a new man to achieve optimum wellbeing. And with the whole of the internet at his disposal, he doesn't have to look far to find a perfect specimen and engineer a meeting. Except Jen seems to be remarkably unwilling to fall in line with Aiden's flawless plan.

Can a very artificially intelligent machine discover emotional intelligence in time to fix Jen's life? And find out what exactly makes human beings happy?

©2018 P. Z. Reizin (P)2018 Little, Brown Book Group

Critic reviews

"Bridget Jones' Diary for the digital age." (Daily Record)

"This is Jane Austen's Emma for the digital age." (Keith Stuart, best-selling author of A Boy Made of Blocks)

"So funny, clever and timely. I loved it." (Martha Kearney)

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Made this human happy

I really enjoyed this book. The storyline is fascinating and the humour is excellent - as in laughing out loud while walking the dog! Narrator also excellent. Highly recommended.

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Bridget Jones meets iRobot...

I was in need of a distraction that had interest, humour, bit of suspense and great characters.... all very believable. Touch of “ rise of the robots” but wrapped up in easy to roll along with suspense... a villain out of the blue that made me say out loud “ oh no”!

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AI romcom gives a fresh twist to the genre

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I have to be honest and say that this book had me the minute I heard an Artificial Intelligence doing an immaculate Rob Bryden impression (credit to Gavin Osborn). It was great fun if a little let down by the ending. Recommended.

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AI fun

Great concept & enjoyable. Characters (especially the AI ones) are great but overall plot a bit weak

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Soppy, two dimensional characters

Boring, simplistic (angelic woman, despicable men) not funny, predictable. Might appeal to more sensitive types who don’t like to much depth in their characters.

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Loveable characters

If you could sum up Happiness for Humans in three words, what would they be?

Funny, clever, different

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Laugh, giggle

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The Welsh accent absolutely made Aiden as a loveable, funny, warm character, despite his inanimate qualities, the narration was excellent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-03-18

Loved every moment of this book

Briliant narrator; you got to be each and every character in the book.

Thank YOU