This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
My Copy: ARC Paperback, 403 pages
Publication Date: April 2, 2013
Source: Won from Cuddlebuggery Book Blog
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?
What you’re in for: Emails. Loneliness. Money issues. A small town girl. A movie star. Secrets. Romance. Friendship. Family.
On the surface, this book is just a cute little romance. I thought it was just going to be a happy, feel-good kind of book. Which it was, in some ways. But, it also had more to it than that.
Both main characters, Ellie and Graham, have issues that they have to deal with on a daily basis. Ellie has her family problems that are also her biggest secrets. Graham looks like he has it all, but he also has different family problems and he finds himself lonely in the crowds of paparazzi and fans.
The story is told in alternating third person perspectives from Ellie and Graham, so we get to see both sides of the story. The characters were good and mostly nicely developed. The voices were distinct and easy to identify.
The novel is a quick and easy read for sure. Even though it’s over 400 pages, it doesn’t feel that way because it reads so fast and easily. It’s a nice read if you’re looking for just an easy read that also involves some life problems. But don’t go in expecting anything extraordinary or really deep. While it deals with a lot of issues (family problems, romance that has to come to an end, friendship issues, etc.), there isn’t much depth to it. It’s just a nice, smooth YA contemporary romance.