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 loved The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, so I was so happy to get the chance to read This Is What Happy Looks Like. It had a super cute romance and an amazing story.
The chapters in the book each start off with either a text or email exchange between the two characters. The idea of a famous movie star just happening to send an email to an ordinary girl is so awesome to me. Graham, the movie story, was a funny, sweet character. He could be so vulnerable at times, yet he was also hilarious. He had so much motivation just to get Ellie to be able to trust him.
Ellie was also another great character, although she wasn’t as likable to me as Graham was. Together, though, they were so cute. They made one of those perfect couples that I just really want to gush about. They grew in their relationship to get to know and trust each other over time. I loved seeing that develop!
At the same time, the plot was great. Besides Graham and Ellie getting to know each other, there were other things going on in each character’s life. Ellie had some issues with her past and her best friend she had to deal with, while Graham had to deal with his increased fame and some family issues. They both added more realism to the story, which I think is really important in contemporaries.
Overall, This Is What Happy Looks Like was a super cute contemporary and probably one of my favorites for the year. I’d give it 4 1/2 out of 5 flowers.