Wednesday, April 3, 2013

This Is What Happy Looks Like: By Jennifer E. Smith



When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O'Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.

Then Graham finds out that Ellie's Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media's spotlight at all costs? 


This is What Happy Looks Like was fun, happy, and just a plain enjoyable read. It was one of those books that you finish and you just feel better and happier than you did when you started. I phrase it that way because it’s not a long book, of course, it doesn’t need to be. It is a piece of life, a slice taken from the summer of two teen lovers. Two people who would have never given each other the time of day and now from an accidental email connected on a deeper level.

I think another way to put this book is a YA love story that isn’t cheesy, but instead well done. It’s not a great surprise, there are not events that you are shocked to read. But what it is a an adventure over the summer, a story told from both characters point of view that allows the reader to be engulfed in the ups and downs of this short but deep relationship.

I know this review may be short, but I’m not sure what else to say. I loved the characters, the story moved at a quick pace, it was a story of love, relationships, and seeing someone for who they truly are, and I personally loved it. I’d highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick but touching read.


Publisher: Poppy

Published: April 2, 2013

Price: $17.99

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  1. This is What Happy Looks Like is a lighthearted book that will leave readers smiling from the beginning up to the end of the story. Smith has this unbelievable ability to turn a typical love story into something extraordinary. Get ready to be charmed by the adorable Graham Larkin and Wilbur, his pet pig, who started it all. :)
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  2. I like the sound of this one. It reminds me of Tammara Webber's Between the Lines series.
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