this is what happy looks like coverAuthor: Jennifer E. Smith

Number of Pages: 416

Publisher: Poppy

Release Date: April 2, 2013

“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?”


After reading Jennifer E. Smith’s The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight I knew that I would have to read this one. I was in the mood for a fun, adorable story, and that’s exactly what I got! This book is the perfect summer read, but it would still be fantastic at any other time of the year.

I loved the emails between Graham and Ellie. They were a flawless way to start the book- it grabbed my attention and made me want to read more. Also, it gave the reader an insight as to what the personalities of the characters were like. The emails were present at the beginning of every chapter as well, which help to make things even more interesting than they already were. I love books with extra tidbits like emails, letters, etc., so it earned this book a lot of points with me!

The setting of this book- the tiny, coastal town of Henley, Maine- was perfect for the story. I live in New England, so I could totally picture this small town in my head. Even though it’s a fictional place (I looked it up to make sure that it definitely doesn’t exist) Jennifer E. Smith’s detailed description of it is enough to convince someone that it is in fact a real town. I really liked the little shops, Ellie’s secret cove, the traditional Fourth of July celebration- so basically everything about it! It added a lot of warmth and coziness to the novel, and was a huge contrast with LA, where Graham was used to living. I think Henley’s biggest purpose was to be extremely different from a large, bustling city, and it was exactly that. It’s a shame it’s not real!

The concept, overall plot, and ending of this book were all fantastic. I’ve never read a novel in which a celebrity falls in love with a “regular” person, so the idea of the story is very unique. The plot had lots of twists and turns, even at the beginning. Something was always happening which kept things interesting and entertaining. And oh, the ending! IT WAS SO CUTE AND CLEVER AND JUST BRILLIANT. Honestly, there was a point in the ending when I had to put down the book and smile to myself, because I was so happy and excited. It was vague, but in a good way. From the feel of it I knew that everything was going to be all right for the characters, so details weren’t really necessary. I still felt satisfied even though it wasn’t very specific.

Overall, this was a fabulous novel. If you’re in the mood for a fun, cute YA romance, then I highly recommend This Is What Happy Looks Like.

My Rating: :0) :0) :0) :0) :0) 5 out of 5 smileys

Would I recommend it to a friend?: Definitely!




5 thoughts on “Book Review: THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE

  1. I really, really liked the Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, even if it’s not the kind of book I usually go for. And This is What Happy Looks Like (what’s with this woman and long book titles?) has been on my wishlist ever since it was released. I’ve been planning to read it for the Eclectic Reader challenge which requires a book published in 2013, but I’ve been hesitant. But since you praise it this way, I’ll probably order it and read it soon.

    Thanks for the well-rounded review!


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