This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Book: This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
Series: N/A
Pages: 416
Publisher: Headline
Date Published:  April 2nd, 2013
Source: Library
Date Started: April 23rd, 2015
Date Finished: April 26th, 2015
Other Novels Reviewed: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight; The Geography of You and Me, Hello, Goodbye, and Everything In Between

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?


I love Jennifer E. Smith’s books. My favorite one of all time is The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. I love her books because when I’m down in the dumps or in a book slump, I can always count on her books for a easy fast read. Sometimes you just need a light read to break through the darkness of everything. While I did like this one, I think this one didn’t hook me in as much as the other the other author’s books.

One trend in contemporary books that I’m not exactly a fan of these days is the main character fighting with her best friends. It seems to be in almost every contemporary book that I read and I don’t understand why its necessary. I don’t know if it adds tension to the story, or maybe its just easier to write that character out for a while. I’m not sure, but I just hate the fact that meeting a new guy and all this flirtatious/relationship has to be paired with fighting with a friend.

I think what I liked most about this story was that it wasn’t a whirlwind romance like most summer romances seem to be portrayed in contemporary. It was this awkward “we have never met before, but here I am, oh this isn’t working out so lets not talk for 3 weeks.” It was nice to see that the characters weren’t spending every single moment together because they did have other obligations. The story didn’t have this perfect ending riding into the sunset, and I really liked that. It was a perfect ending for the story though! I really wasn’t into the whole hes a moviestar and she’s the lovechild of a big time senator. Maybe it was just something that I couldn’t relate to so I didn’t feel as sucked into this story.

I also read the novella, Happy Again, that takes place after the main character goes off to college. I liked that story a lot because it was nice to see the characters grown up a little bit after having some big changes in their lives.

Jennifer E. Smith has been added to my automatically read list, and I cannot wait for Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between. It comes out this summer and I’m super excited for this one because I think its a story that a lot of people can relate to: deciding to stay together or breakup the night before college. Its a tough journey and always involves a lot of heartache. Its also included in my 2015 summer books that I’m most excited for.

This Is What Happy Looks Like is definitely a book for fans of Jennifer E. Smith. Its also a great summer read and would be perfect for this summer. Afterall, summer is just right around the corner!

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