Thursday, March 28, 2013

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

Publisher: Poppy
Pages: 416
Received: Received a copy from Hachette Book Group Canada in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: April 2, 2013
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Goodreads Synopsis:

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?

My Review:

Oh my gosh! Why have I not read anything by Jennifer E. Smith sooner! I heard all the talk about her last book The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, but never got around to it (after finishing this book I ran out to buy a copy of her other book). I have so much love for this book, it's absolutely adorable and just such a great story! I have absolute cover love for both of Smith's books and I think they match perfectly (even though these are not part of a series).

When I started this book, I fell in love with both of the characters right away. I don't know if this has ever happened to me before when reading a contemporary novel, but they were just so darn cute, and so were their interactions with one another. I could actually see people giving me weird looks because I had such a goofy smile on my face and I wanted to laugh out loud so much during this book. The story was such a cute idea, how would you answer if fate came calling, would you answer the email from a random person?

When Graham accidently sends an email to Ellie (her email being one number off from a friend Graham's) they begin an unlikely friendship opening up to one another, without actually knowing who the other one is. I really enjoyed seeing the emails between these two characters, everything is so easy and I can imagine how Ellie felt being excited by these emails. When Graham realizes his new movie needs a new location he does everything in his power to get it filmed in this small town so he can meet this girl that he has been emailing.

Honestly reading through this book, I loved so many of the interactions between the characters of Graham and Ellie, she didn't change her thoughts on him just because he was some big movie star. Ellie would say what she thought and she wasn't nervous being with him because she knew a different side of him.

I was also really interested in Ellie's story. Smith really kept me intrigued with this secret past of Ellie's that no one seems to know about. When it came out it really surprised me, and I really felt for Ellie just wanting to take her in my arms and hug her forever.

I honestly loved everything about this book! Jennifer E. Smith has a way with words that just made me go "Awww" and kept me with this goofy grin on my face! I can't wait to read THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT now and more from her! I want everyone to go out and read her books!!


  1. Reading your review has made me absolutely giddy to go read This is What Happy Looks Like. Hope you enjoy The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight!

  2. I am one of those people that hasn't read anything by this author, yet, although i hear good things all of the time. This book sounds very good. It's definitely going on my TBR!

  3. This is the cutest review :). I heard mixed things about Statistical Probability and steered clear of it because of them. Now, I am second guessing myself! This sounds like a sweet, romantic book worthy of a hug at the end haha.

  4. Graham and Ellie were so cute together :) I also loved reading the emails between the characters. Great review!



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