Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Book Review: This is What Happy Looks Like, by Jennifer E. Smith

This is What Happy Looks Like is a warm, delightful story of young love that must overcome some big obstacles.

I love how these two meet. Graham, our heartthrob, sends an email to Ellie by mistake. She responds, and they begin a funny, lighthearted banter that brings them closer and closer together. But Ellie doesn't know that she's corresponding with THE Graham Larkin -- a teen movie star.

Graham arranges to film a movie in Ellie's small town in Maine. And off we go. It's not all "happy" (even though they have ideas about what Happy should look like). Graham comes with a lot of baggage -- the popularity, the paparazzi, the manager who wants him to start a relationship with his co-star. But when Ellie finally meets Graham in person, the sparks fly.

Ellie has her own secrets, and because of that, she feels she must not pursue a relationship with someone like Graham. But they are definitely attracted to each other and end up not being able to stay apart. This causes some turmoil, of course.

I really liked the added elements that made the story tense. Ellie's secret (that she's also kept from her best friend) and Graham's difficulty dealing with his stardom make This is What Happy Looks Like more than just "two teens falling in love."

The dialog between Graham and Ellie is priceless, and you can't help but root for them. This is What Happy Looks Like is a feel-good book that teen romance fans are going to love.

Published by Poppy, 2013
Copy obtained from the library
404 pages

Rating: 5/5

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  1. Glad to see you loved this one! I'm reading it later this month and am now looking forward to it even more!

  2. Love the sound of this one, but haven't managed to find it anywhere yet. I'll have to get it added to the library so that I can read it!

  3. This is definitely a fun, feel good book. I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed it! :-)

  4. I absolutely loved this book, it took me a day to read it cover to cover .. I definitely recommend that you read this.
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  5. This was insanely adorable, I must say. The whole book was full of fluff, sort of like Anna and the French Kiss, but not to that extent. Girly-Girls, I assure you that you will definitely love this. The whole concept of this story is so cute.
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