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

Review: ‘This is What Happy Looks Like’ by Jennifer E. SmithThis Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
Published by Poppy on December 24th, 2013
Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 407
Format: Paperback
Source: borrowed from the library
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?

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What starts off as a mistake, ends up as the cutest little love story that I read this year! I have to say that this is my favourite of Jennifer’s books. There was more of a story and not just any story, but one of those cutesy romantic stories that we all know and love. It involves a very lonely celebrity boy and your normal girl caught up in a cute little tale that makes me wonder if this could be based on a movie.

Ellie sees her self as normal, but when Graham appears and realizes she’s more than just a friend, all her doubts about herself simply melt away. That’s what I find astonishing in these books. That teenage girls need validation from boys to remind them of how truly special and amazing they are. We’ve all been there. And Ellie is no exception. I just loved Graham’s part in this book. He’s just so lonely and all you want to do is sit down and have a cup of coffee and hear him speak. Being a celebrity must be so lonely, and having someone to listen to you would probably do wonders. I love that Ellie isn’t self-obsessed about celebrities. I never understood it. They’re people doing their jobs and the right to privacy should be a given. It must be crazy to have to watch your every move when heading out the door.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for a cute and light-hearted read. Naturally, their journey isn’t perfect, and the bumps and bruises along the way make it even better. Jennifer E. Smith, you got me hooked. Love the title too for it grabbed my attention!

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But what nobody ever told him was that once something like this happens to you, there’s no going back.
Being famous was like carrying around some kind of magic key; you could say something stupid or boring or you could say nothing at all, and the girls still liked you anyway.
There was a breathless absurdity to these pursuits, and though he understood that they had a job to do, he had little respect for the way they did it, and even less for the people who were so desperate to read what they reported.
Childhood memories were like airplane luggage; no matter how far you were traveling or how long you needed them to last, you were only ever allowed two bags.
He hadn’t realized how much it could mean, having someone to talk to like that; he hadn’t realized that it could be a kind of lifeline, and that without it, there would be nobody to save you if you started to drown.
Maybe growing up was really nothing more than growing away; from your old life, from your old self, from all those things that kept you tethered to the past.





  1. Jennifer Sauer

    December 23, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Ohhh!! This book is one of my favorite YA “romances” I love Jennifer E. Smith’s books so much!! <3

  2. dianadimovska1

    December 23, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Great quotes, worth reading this.

  3. Joy @ The Bookshelf Intruder

    December 17, 2014 at 3:22 AM

    I love Jennifer E. Smith and this is my favorite book of her. I just love how laid-back but internally sad this story is. I hope wherever Ellie and Graham are, they’re still together. 🙂

  4. Leigh (LittleBookStar)

    December 12, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Yay! I’m so glad you liked TIWHLL. I liked it too because it was so different from any other contemporary books I’ve read. I like how we get to read in the perspective of a celebrity and how it sucks to be followed by paparazzi..invading his personal life etc. This book was so cute and I like the parts where Graham and Ellie e-mail each other back and forth.

    • giselle

      December 12, 2014 at 6:22 PM

      I think it’s my favourite from her. It reminds me so much of NOTTING HILL the movie. Love it! Their emails were too cute

  5. Megan McDade

    December 11, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    I really want to read this! I need a cute love story to get me over my current book hangover!

  6. Sophia Rose

    December 11, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    I haven’t read any of her books yet. This one does sound cute. Thanks, Giselle!

  7. toweroftomes

    December 11, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    This really looks adorable! I wasn’t a huge fan of Jennifer’s “Statistical Probability”, but I’m willing to give this book a try.

  8. The Cover Contessa

    December 11, 2014 at 5:57 AM

    I liked this book. I think I might have preferred the first one. I know people are gaga over them all but I didn’t find them to be anything particularly special. I will say that I like the idea of this book, though. That a chance mistake leads to love.

  9. Kyra

    December 11, 2014 at 4:21 AM

    I read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and I really enjoyed it, so I’ll definitely be picking this up! Great review! 🙂

  10. Cali W.

    December 11, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    Good review. I need to read this one. I haven’t read any of the books by this author yet.

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