Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on 2013-04-02
Genres: Dating & Sex, Family, Film, General, Love & Romance, Performing Arts, Social Issues, Young Adult
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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?
My thoughts: The reason this book ended up in my hand makes me a little ashamed as an educated reader. I did the THING that they say you’re never supposed to do… I judged a book by it’s cover. I saw a promo for This Is What Happy Looks Like come across my email, fell in love with the cover, and after a quick search of the author’s other books (seriously, how had I never heard of Jennifer E. Smith before?) & I clicked “buy now” faster than I would ever admit to my husband.
I’ve read other reviews that describe this as a “mix between You’ve Got Mail” and “Notting Hill.” As someone who has watched You’ve Got Mail approximately 258,873 times, that already sounds like a book that I’ll love. Add in Jennifer’s delightful writing, chapters written in e-mail form (be still my technology loving heart!), characters that you wanted to hang out with all the time, and a sweet love story, and I’m 100% sold.
My only complaint about the book is that, at times, it felt a little predictable. But really, what love story isn’t a bit predictable?
This Is What Happy Looks Like has a permanent spot on my
bookshelf — not just because it’s a sweet story that I can see myself picking up again for a “fun read” when I’m feeling blue, but because it served as my “gateway drug” to Jennifer E. Smith’s other books. Plus, it looks super awesome on my bookshelf. Cool covers for the win.