Review * This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E Smith

May 2, 2013 Reviews 4 ★★★★

Review * This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E SmithThis is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E Smith
Published by Poppy on April 2, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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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?

What I Thought…

  • So cute!
  • I know things like this don’t often happen in real life, but I never get tired of reading about a celebrity falling in love with a regular person.
  • The way Ellie and Graham meet is completely unconventional in today’s world, but no less cute. They meet accidentally through email and decide to keep continuing their conversation, most people would have moved on to Facebook or texting rather than keeping up with email but I really liked that aspect. It’s ok to do things old school (and I can’t believe I just called email old school!).
  • The best part Happy for me was the relationships. Between Ellie and Graham, Ellie and her best friend, Quinn, Ellie and her mom, Graham and his parents. They were all fantastic not too perfect but not too messed up.
  • Happy isn’t really about Ellie and Graham it’s more about Ellie and who she is and who she wants to be.
  • The fight that Ellie and Quinn had tore me up! Quinn is a pretty awesome best friend but the fight was inevitable. I just wanted to fix it and make it better for them and show them that all will be well.
  • Parent alert! Ellie’s mom is in the book quite a bit and – surprise! – she’s not crazy, deranged, uncaring or oblivious. Her mom does have some issues and there are a few questionable things she says/does but what parent doesn’t have those moments?
  • Ellie’s dad is not in the picture, physically anyway. He’s in Ellie’s thoughts quite a bit as she struggles to make a decision of what she wants to do.
  • I’m not a movie star, nor do I know any movie stars, but I can totally picture a teenage movie star having this kind of relationship with their parents. Becoming a movie star at that time in your life definitely has to throw your parents for a loop. I also appreciate that he didn’t get the crazy acting parents like you see on TV shows.
  • The second best thing about Happy is that Jennifer E Smith did not tie the ending up in a nice big pretty bow. It’s a happy ending, but she didn’t resolve each and every issue in the book a la Brady Bunch.

Notable Quotes

“I never said I was good,” he told her, taking the pen. “Just that I liked doing it.”
“That’s the best kind of good.”

If you loved The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight you will definitely love This is What Happy Looks Like!


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