Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Review: This is What Happy Looks Like

This is What Happy Looks Like is much, much more than what it appears to be. The pure outline of the book just makes you assume that it's all going to be one giant cliche that's not even worth your time. But trust me, it is definitely worth your time.
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?
Summary: By some sort of force; fate, destiny maybe, Graham, Larkin -- the drop-dead-gorgeous male movie star -- sends an accidental email the the lovely, complicated, Ellie O'Neill. Following his heart, Graham sets out for his next movie at the exact location that Ellie lives. She doesn't know that the boy she has told almost everything to is a movie star, and he has no clue that this girl is most likely the love of his life. When they meet, the surprises in store never seem to end.
PROS: Ellie is definitely the major pro in this book for me. The way she thinks, her sense of humor, how guarded she is, is incredibly intriguing to me. Most girls would swoon over this guy just simply because of his name, but not Ellie, she has bigger priorities, and I respect that. I also love how Jennifer Smith writes from both of the characters point of views. It makes the book more well-rounded. 
CONS: There wasn't a lot about this book that I didn't like. Maybe one complaint would be that it was all just a little too predictable. I also found the ending to be a little bit of a let down. 
Rate: This book definitely puts a smile on your face, but if your looking for a book that challenges your mind, this isn't it. 3.5 out of 5 books (because books are better than stars) 


  1. I have read the authors first book and I thought it was entertaining, but nothing more. I want to read more by this author just to give her another try, so this is already on the wishlist. I'm just not sure when I'm going to read it. I mean, it sounds a bit more meh, than yay!

    1. I'm guessing the first one you read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight -- gosh that's a mouthful -- and I agree completely, but even though this book isn't spectacular, it is pretty good, and much better than the prior, so I would suggest giving it a try.


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