Thu, March 7, 2013

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith Review

This Is What Happy Looks Like book cover

This Is What Happy Looks Like book cover

This Is What Happy Looks Like
By Jennifer E. Smith
Publication date: April 2, 2013
Poppy, 416 pages
Source: Publisher

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!

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  1. Ginger @ GReads! said:

    I need to put this galley on my nook, but keep forgetting. Eeek! Sounds like it will be a good one to experience on a sunny day 🙂

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  2. Candice @ The Grown-Up YA said:

    So I never really thought about why I watch Disney Channel movies or read Meg Cabot… but yes! You’ve hit the nail on the head! There’s just something utterly fun about falling in love through a random, unrealistic but could possibly be realistic turn of events! Can’t wait to read this one!

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  3. Tara said:

    I need to read this soon so we can discuss. In detail.

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  4. Ashlee said:

    I read this, anticipating that it would be as good as The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. I was kind of disappointed. There seemed to be a lot lacking, and it certainly didn’t hit me like Eleanor and Park and Sea of Tranquility. I crave those types of feels. But it was a quick, fun read.

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    Anna Reply:

    Exactly! It didn’t move me…but I had fun reading it. Ya know? And there’s nothing wrong with that!

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  5. Alexa Y. said:

    I’m very eagerly looking forward to this one, mostly because I love Jennifer Smith’s writing. I can’t wait to see how she tells this story!

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  6. Brittany @ The Book Addict’s Guide said:

    It’s always hard to read another book by the same author when the first was a favorite! Glad you enjoyed it!! I’m still looking forward to it 🙂

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  7. My Full Bookshelf Reviews said:

    I want to read this so badly! Thanks for the review!

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  8. alicejane011 said:

    I never thought about why I used to watch Disney Channel, but yes, that’s why! This is What Happy Looks like was a quick fun read that left me smiling at the cuteness but… nothing more really. Regardless, I’d probably read more of Jennifer E. Smith’s novels.

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  9. Elin said:

    I want to read this book. It sound so amazing:) Thanks for sharing:)

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  11. Sarah said:

    I just started this and I am already stressed out, re: people wearing the clothes of other people who have their names on their shirts. Stressed. Already. So fast. Eep.

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