Monday, September 1, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

This is What Happy Looks Like
Jennifer E. Smith
YA, Romance
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Buy: B&N
This is What Happy Looks Like is not just about romance; it's about finding that place or person you'd be comfortable enough to say and feel that you found home. 

So you,
Have you found what happy looks like?

Oh, and can I please adopt Wilbur too?
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?
Who knew that e-mails have the power to change the course of a person's life?
Indeed, it can be an acceptance to your dream college, dream job.
It can be from a person you dearly miss
Or a stranger, who would bring to your life something you haven't been expecting.

I know the feeling of being able to talk to someone transatlantic, or even somewhere within your state. The feeling of being able to tell that person anything about yourself because with them, you're a clean slate. They don't know anything unless you tell them what you want to tell. In this case, it's the only thing that had me worried for the Ellie's welfare.

That is why I ask you a question:
If a random e-mail lands on your inbox, would you respond to it or delete it? 

On another note, I love them both. They feel like real people to me. Their problems, particularly Graham's, are ones people go through. It's not centered on his involvement in the entertainment industry. Same goes to Ellie's. If you get past the initial concept, you'd see that she also has the similar problem with Graham. They both miss what a home feels like (and I don't mean the infrastructure, rather the feelings that a home encompasses).

I would really like to see a spin-off/stand-alone novella with Devon and Quinn  as the main characters. They have an interesting story and it would be nice if it can be told.

Overall, the email thing aside, This is What Happy Looks Like is a story on crossing rickety bridges and finding that happy place once you get to the end.


3 reads


Jennifer E. Smith is the author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Storm Makers, You Are Here, and The Comeback Season. She earned her master's degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and currently works as an editor in New York City. Her writing has been translated into 28 languages.


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