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

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

This Is What Happy Looks Like

Publication date: April 2nd 2013

Publisher: Poppy

Number of pages: 416

Series: N/A

Source: Borrowed. This is my honest opinion.

Date finished: 17th September 2013


 Goodreads synopsis:

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?



Looking for the perfect summer novel? Look no further. This is What Happy Looks Like is just perfect for summer; the setting is summery, the tone is summery,the story is summery – it’s just made for summer.

It’s a really great contemporary. Everything you would want a contemporary to be, light and fun. I could just visualise reading it on the beach. But it also works for brightening up a cold day. You can pretty much guess the tone of the book just by looking at the cover. It seriously just brightens up the room and lightens the mood.

The characters were so sweet. There was such a sweet relationship between the two main characters, Ellie and Graham. Even if it was a tad unrealistic because Graham basically just loved Ellie, even when he barely knew her. The two also seemed to kind of forget about cyber safety, Ellie’s mum kind of pointed that out though. All the characters were pretty cute and they just added a little quirkiness to the story.

One thing that I really loved was the chapter beginnings. Sometimes it’s the little things that stand out and this really did to me. The conversations were pretty funny, lots of the things that Graham said were fairly witty.

I’m so glad that I read this, everyone should who is on the hunt for a contemporary book. I know I have repeated this many a time over the course of the review but you just should! Everything was rounded off really nicely, the novel felt complete.

Sorry but I am going to say this one more time. I would recommend this to contemporary readers or at least teens and up. A really fun, summer novel.

4/5 stars!

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 Goodreads author bio:

Jennifer E. SmithJennifer E. Smith is the author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Storm Makers, You Are Here, and The Comeback Season. She earned her master’s degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and currently works as an editor in New York City. Her writing has been translated into 28 languages.


One thought on “This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith Review

  1. Tiffany Drew says:

    I loved this one too, it was such a great read. I can’t wait for her next book!

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