This Is What Happy Looks Like
By Jennifer E. Smith
Publication date: April 2, 2013
Poppy, 416 pages
If fate sent you an email, would you answer?
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?
— Goodreads.com description
Will it get a spot alongside The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight on my favorites shelf? Probably not, honestly. But when you boil it all down, I have to say: This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith is exactly the type of book I crave.
This story, for me, represents why I read to many Meg Cabot books and watched so many Disney Channel movies as a young adult. Is has all the things I daydreamed about at that age: Falling in love with someone through letter writing? Dating a superstar? Living in a beach town and working at the ice cream shop? HELLOOOOOO!
So, yeah, not a favorite…probably because it lacked some of the heart-stopping urgency that sucks me into books like this. But regardless, This Is What Happy Looks Like absolutely confirmed that Jennifer E. Smith knows how to write about things girls want to read. And that makes me so excited to see what she’s got in store for us next!