Review: This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith


This Is What Happy Looks Like

Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Number of Pages: 407
Copy that I own: Paperback edition, published 24 December 2013 by Poppy
Reading period: 8 to 13 February 2017
Rating: ♥♥♥♥

What’s the book about?

Ellie O’Neill is a small town girl who lives in Maine. She begins an email exchange with teenage movie star Graham Larkin, when he sent her an email by accident. The two begin an email exchange online until Graham decides to meet her face-to-face. Ellie finds her life thrust into the limelight when Graham’s latest film comes to her hometown to film. Can a famous teenage movie star start a relationship with an ordinary small town girl?

“Looks like the wrong kind of bait can get you the right kind of fish.” 

Here’s what I thought of the book

Jennifer E. Smith is one of my favorite authors and I’m proud to say that I have everyone of her books in my personal library. Though I’ve only read The Geography of You and Me and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight so far, this book easily tops the other two for me because of the fluffy romance between the two characters that I just absolutely adore.

Every girl definitely has had a fantasy of accidentally starting a conversation with a celebrity, right? Whether it is through social media, email, text message or phone call, any sort of communication platform is acceptable as long as the chance meeting is there. Well, I’ve had that fantasy more than once, so what better way to see where it could go (if it were true) than with this story?

Graham Larkin was an easy character to like from the moment he appears. His easy-going dialogue and intense attraction to Ellie easily became one of the traits my future boyfriend should have. Ellie on the other hand was a little harder to like at first read but I gradually came to understand her predicament as the story developed.

I liked that despite the next-to-impossible scenario of this whirlwind romance, Smith still manages to shift the scene back to reality. Instead of a fictional happily-ever-after, she went with the realistic ending where both Ellie and Graham continued with their own lives while still maintaining their relationship online.

If you are a fluffy romance fan like me, This Is What Happy Looks Like is the book you’re looking for. Negative reviewers on Goodreads might disagree with me but this is a YA romance novel through and through.


Have you read This is What Happy Looks Like? What did you think? Feel free to share your thoughts with me! 🙂

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