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

This Is What Happy Looks Like
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.


22 comments:

  1. Great review!!! I couldn't wait to read this before but now I'm super excited get a copy of this!

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    1. I hope you're able to get a copy soon. I really enjoyed it :)

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  2. I just finished this one today! I really liked it as well. It had some depth but was also super cute! And Graham was great, loved him!

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  3. Oooh! Great review! I'm so excited for this one after reading Statistical Probability. It's just the right kind of contemporary that I know I'll love.

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    1. It's a great contemporary. I liked it even more than Statistical Probability :)

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  4. Oh, I am so excited to read this! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

    - Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

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  5. I loved The Statistical Probability so much and this one is also on my too read list. I know that the author will create sweet love story. I can't wait to read it. I'm glad you enjoyed! :) Great review :)

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  6. It's great when there is more depth in a story and I love it when there is a good chemistry between two characters. I'm going to read The statistical.. first, but I can't wait to read this one either. The covers are great together :)

    Mel@thedailyprophecy.

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    1. Ellie and Graham were really cute together. I hope you enjoy it!

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  7. I'm supposed to be getting this one any day now so I'm extremely excited! I'm happy it starts off with the emails and the characters sound great. I'll probably like Graham more too...although I love girl MCs, I usually tend to like guys more. Confusing, I know. But great review!

    Sunny @ Blue Sky Bookshelf

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    1. Thanks! I usually prefer girl MCs, but I love books that are told in both the guy and the girl's povs. I'm looking forward to seeing what you think of it :)

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  8. Oh my gosh, I was so nervous to read your review, cause I wasn't sure if you'd give this one a high rating, since I am really really looking forward to this one...now I am SOOO HAPPY you enjoyed this! I love the idea for this one too, and I just absolutely cannot wait to meet Ellie and Graham. They sound fantastic and so does their romance!

    I'm happy you really enjoyed this Montana! I am now dying to pick this up! AWESOMESAUCE review!

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair

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    1. Thank you so much Maida! Ellie and Graham are fantastic characters.

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  9. Aw, this sounds cute. I like that each chapter starts off with an exchange like that. Sometimes that type of stuff is my favorite part of the book. :)

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  10. One of your favorites of the year? That's fantastic! I'm so excited for this one now.

    Great review!!

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  11. Eek!! I'm so excited to read this one. I really liked Statistical and have been eagerly anticipating this release. I'm glad you thought it was cute. Can't wait!

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    1. I hope you love it! It's so amazing :)

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