Is Happiness for Beginners based on a book?

Ellie Kemper is finally back on Netflix with her new film Happiness for Beginners, and people can’t wait to watch it and see what it’s all about!

Happiness for Beginners is a new romantic comedy film written and directed by Vicky Wight. Wight is best known for writing the scripts and directing the movies The Volunteer and The Lost Husband. In fact, The Lost Husband is available to stream on Netflix.

Kemper stars in the leading role as Helen. The movie follows newly divorced Helen, who’s in need of a fresh start in life or a reset, so she decides to join a survivalist course hiking the Appalachian Trail with a group of quirky strangers. But what Helen wasn’t expecting while hiking through the wilderness was to fall in love with her younger brother’s best friend.

Besides Kemper, Luke Grimes, Nico Santos, Blythe Danner, Ben Cook, Shayvawn Webster, Esteban Benito, Gus Birney, Julia Shiplett, and Alexander Koch are also in the cast. So is Happiness for Beginners a movie adaptation of another piece of work, or is it completely original material? Find out below.

Is Happiness for Beginners based on a book?

Yes, the romantic comedy is based on a novel. It’s based on the popular 2015 book of the same name by New York Times bestselling author Katherine Center. You can find where to purchase the Happiness for Beginners book on Katherine Center’s official website.

Center’s other books include The Bright Side of Disaster, Everyone is Beautiful, Get Lucky, The Lost Husband, How to Walk Away, Things You Save in a Fire, What You Wish For and The Bodyguard.

Happiness for Beginners is the second book of Center’s that’s been adapted into a film. The romance movie The Lost Husband, which we mentioned earlier, is also a movie adaptation of a book of Center’s. It’s a movie adaptation of the 2013 novel of the same name.

Take a look at the official trailer of the romantic comedy for a sneak peek!

Happiness for Beginners is streaming now only on Netflix.

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Sarah Ridley is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Sarah Ridley joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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