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

This is What Happy Looks Like
Jennifer E. Smith
Paperback 416 pages
Published April 02, 2013
YA - Contemporary Romance
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?

I have been hearing from a few friends about Jennifer E. Smith and how I NEED/MUST check out her books. After reading this book I can definitely see what their hype was about!

Lets start with her writing style. 5 out 5 stars on her writing. The characters come to life right before your eyes. Smith is detailed without being boring. I found myself so lost in this book just by the way Smith uses words. 

This book follows Movie Star Graham Larkin and Ellie O'neal. It starts with Graham accidentally emailing a girl (Ellie) about the care of his pet pig. The two get into emailing each other back and forth and they sort of form this pen pal sort of relationship. 
Ellie is from a small town in Maine. Graham thinks the location will be perfect for his next movie. When they decide for sure to film it there Graham decides to go meet Ellie (without any warning to her) In all this Ellie has NO idea the boy she has been emailing is Graham Larkin so when they meet, this is a total surprise to her! But Ellie has a few secrets of her own. 

I love it because in this day in age with Facebook, twitter, email, etc this situation is TOTALLY possible (the pen-pal thing, not so much the famous person) which makes it fun and seem realistic. 
I'm not sure I should really use realistic, but the way Jennifer E. Smith writes, she makes you feel like this is something that really could happen. She makes this story come to life and be totally believable. 

If you are looking for a book that is light, fun, and leaves you with a smile on your face. I definitely recommend this book. 


  1. Sounds like a lovely book. Who doesn't love stories that jump out at you.

  2. Wow, you really enjoyed reading this book! I am glad to hear that. I do like the book cover and seeing that on Bloglovin immediately attracted me to the cover. And now, this review makes it sound awesome. Nice to see ;)


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