Tuesday, April 2, 2013

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

This Is What Happy Looks Like
This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
Release-April 2nd 2013
Purchase- Amazon / B & N

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:
Call it fate, destiny, meant to be or maybe it was it's own kind of miracle, but when fate decided to send a mis-typed e-mail that sparked a new found friendship for GDL824 and EONeill22 that gave a whole new meaning to internet connection, wouldn't you answer back?

I've only read one other book by Jennifer E. Smith, but that was all it took for me to want to read more of her work and fall in love with the ideas she comes up with. Jennifer has a knack with taking something impossible and making it probable. Whether it be love at first sight or a movie star and an ordinary girl meeting and falling for each other. Jennifer makes the reader believe the endless possibilities of 'it could happen to you'. Her writing is strong, controlled and brings fresh emotion to the story-line and it's characters.

Graham Larkin has risen to unexpected stardom as one of the hottest movie stars in his time, but he hasn't felt like himself till one day his e-mail went to a different address. To EONeill22. He could finally be himself, talk about random useless things and he could escape who he really was. But when he found out that Henley Maine would be the perfect location for his newest movie, he couldn't resist making it happen. He wanted to finally meet his internet pen-pal.
Ellie O'Neill is a fairly leveled headed person with a good grip on reality. It didn't even phase her that there were movie stars running around her little no-where town and that Graham Larkin was one of them. 
Till the night he showed up at her back-porch and somehow knew the name of her dog. Ellie couldn't believe it. Her internet mistake-turned-friend turned out to be Graham Larkin, the  freaken movie star.
But Ellie and her mom already had some heated history dealing with the media and press and so she has some issues dating someone in the spotlight despite her obvious growing feelings.
Can a movie star and an ordinary girl really make a relationship work? Or was it all just a mistake?

I really just loved this concept. Yes, it's been done before and yes, it was even a tad predictable, but I couldn't care less. This Is What Happy Looks Like is such a cute, clean and sweet contemporary romance that was totally smile and sigh worthy. Graham and Ellie have such a fun witty banter and the 'officially' getting to know each other moments were the sweetest thing. I love that I could feel how nervous but comfortable these two were around each other and how easy and warm their connection felt. I also really liked the way it ended, with hope, just the way I like it.

Fans of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight will have a lot of fun with this book. This Is What Happy Looks Like, is a perfectly entertaining light romantically sweet story about a mistake that became the very best thing that could ever happen. Fate works in mysterious ways and this was another brilliant story by Smith that captures the feeling of anything can happen if you just believe, and happiness really does look a lot like love. 
A feel-good read!

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  1. I've read mixed reviews about this book, and some people said that Statistical is better. I still really want to read it though!

    - Ellie at The Selkie Reads Stories

  2. I enjoyed both books, but I guess it depends on what escape your looking for. This was a cute read:)

  3. I've been dying to read this book, and your review has just made me itch for it harder! It just sounds so cute and sweet and that's exactly what I need right now!

    Great review!

    1. I know what you mean, when I read this it was exactly what I was looking for. Something light and sweet and cute. You'll find all those lovely qualities in this book:)

  4. I am fine with predictable and redone plots if the story is fun and done well, which it sounds like is the case here. I'm really looking forward to it. I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

    1. I'm the same way. Sometimes all I look for in a good escape is fun entertainment. It doesn't always have to be highly depth for me to enjoy it. Hope you enjoy it!:)

  5. I enjoyed Jennifer's first book like you did, Tina, so I'm excited to see you enjoyed this one as well. Jasprit gave me a copy when we met up so ill be reading this soon. Wonderful review! :)

    1. The reviews are really mixed for this one Rach, but I can't help devour really cute characters with fun predicaments. Hope you enjoy this when you read it!:)

  6. I'm looking forward to this one. I haven't read any of Jennifer's before, but I'm getting a copy of this one this week! I'm in the mood for something sweet!

    YA Sisterhood

  7. ^^ This is only my second book by Jennifer. I need to invest in her other books:)