Title: This is What Happy Looks Like
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult
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?
Source: Public library
How I Found Out About It: Goodreads/Blogging
I like Jennifer E. Smith. She’s a great author whose books are a ton of fun to read, but the thing about them is that they fall out of memory quickly– at least for me.
That is exactly what This is What Happy Looks Like was- adorable, but forgettable at the same time. I enjoyed it while reading, but I feel that in a few week’s time, I’ll have trouble distinguishing it from other reads.
This book is basically about Ellie, who one day receives an email from movie star Graham without even knowing who he was. It was an email accidentally sent to the wrong person, but the two still bond and decide to keep on emailing each other. When Graham gets the opportunity to shoot a movie in Ellie’s hometown, he takes advantage of it right away, but even though he’d love to be in the spotlight, Ellie wants to find any way possible out of it.
I have to say that Ellie and Graham were not Smith’s strongest pair of characters. Ellie was bland and had next to no personality- she felt like a cutout to me, and I really dislike that in books. Something about Graham also bothered me and felt a bit off, but it is difficult for me to place my finger on it. Surprisingly, despite their two boring personalities, I did see sparks fly between them for sure. I guess that boring character + boring character = fun romance, who knew?
As with all of Jennifer E. Smith’s stories, the plot was intriguing and took contemporary romance to a whole new level, but I found it to be a tad unrealistic, cliché, and predictable. I’m not going to lie to you, but the truth was that I did not find myself aching to read the next chapter whenever I had to stop reading or wanting to race to the end to find out what happens to the characters. This book just lacked that magic charm, you know?
Overall, even though this was not my favourite Smith book by any means, it definitely still made me happy, just as the title deems. I’d for sure recommend it to readers looking for a light, sweet romance story, but don’t mind there being slightly unmemorable characters, because this book is what happy looks like!