Contemporary, Review, Romance, Young Adult

This Is What Happy Looks Like | Jennifer E Smith

Publisher: Headline
Published: 24/10/2013
Genre: Young Adult. Contemporary. Romance.
Format: Paperback
Pages: 404
Rating: ★★★★☆

Synopsis (Goodreads)
If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

In This is What Happy Looks Like, Jennifer E. Smith’s new YA novel, perfect strangers Graham Larkin and Ellie O’Neill meet—albeit virtually—when Graham accidentally sends Ellie an email about his pet pig, Wilbur. In the tradition of romantic movies like “You’ve Got Mail” and “Sleepless in Seattle,” the two 17-year-olds strike up an email relationship, even though they live on opposite sides of the country and don’t even know each other’s first names.

Through a series of funny and poignant messages, Graham and Ellie make a true connection, sharing intimate details about their lives, hopes and fears. But they don’t tell each other everything; Graham doesn’t know the major secret hidden in Ellie’s family tree, and Ellie is innocently unaware that Graham is actually a world-famous teen actor living in Los Angeles.

When the location for the shoot of Graham’s new film falls through, he sees an opportunity to take their relationship from online to in-person, managing to get the production relocated to picturesque Henley, Maine, where Ellie lives. But can a star as famous as Graham have a real relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie’s mom want her to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs?

This is the first thing that I’ve ready by Jennifer E. Smith and I know, that it definitely will not be the last. This is What Happy Looks Like is a super-cute, summery read. Perfect for when you get dragged to the beach on a family day out.

I have a thing for books that are set out slightly different {with emails, letters etc. as one of the main forms of communication}. I don’t know what it is about them, it just pulls me in and I am hooked from the start {Love, Rosie, Illuminae}.

Smith’s writing is so easy to get into, I found myself flying through this in a single sitting. The words have a way of flowing on the page and before you know it, you’re at the end.

I cannot wait to read more books written by Jennifer E. Smith.


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