This is What Happy Looks Like

April 16, 2014 Book Review 2

This is What Happy Looks LikeThis Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer Smith
Published by Little Brown & Company on 2013-04-02
Pages: 416
Source: Purchased

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:

So, once I finally read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight I immediately picked up This is What Happy Looks Like! And, honestly? I may have liked it even better. I’ve heard from some of my other bookish friends that this one just didn’t measure up for them. That certainly wasn’t the case for me.

I’m a sucker for duel narration. I love, love, love getting a story from multiple perspectives! I think that’s really what gives this one the edge for me. Hearing from both Ellie and Graham was a plus. And the email exchanges! Delightful! I really enjoyed the fun and flirty style of the emails. It added to the overall tone of the story.

Ellie and Graham are both interesting characters. There is more to each of them than meets the eye. The secrets they keep give a bit of mystery to the story. Of course they also add complications to their relationship and what they really want from one another. At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about this. Thankfully as the story progressed I found myself intrigued and it enhanced the story for me.

This is What Happy Looks Like was a treat for me to read. It certainly measured up to my expectations after reading The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight!

2 Responses to “This is What Happy Looks Like”

  1. Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook

    I definitely liked This is What Happy Looks Like (There’s a girl named Quinn!!) but not as much as Statistical. I loved the emails, too. Altough the whole thing with whoopie pies. I feel like I’ve known about them forever. I felt weird that they never heard of them. But maybe that’s just my own experience.

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