Monday, May 13, 2013

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Release Date: April 2nd, 2013
Publisher: Hachette Canada
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 416 Pages
Series: Stand Alone
Format: Hardcover
Source: From Publisher
Reason: For Review
Find the Author: Twitter | Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

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?

“It was exactly as he’d thought it would be, like the first time and the millionth time all at once, like being wide awake, like losing his balance. Only this time, it wasn’t just him; this time, they were losing their balance together.”- Graham

I have a confession to make; I actually finished this book about a week ago. Why has it taken me longer than usual to write a review? Well, I needed to find the words! I wanted to write a review right away. I finished the book, let myself absorb it for a few seconds, then bolted to my computer and just stared at a blank screen. I. Had. No. Words!

The only words I could get out made me sound like a 13 year old crazy fan girl. "OMG, this book was so amazing" "You guys, you have to read this NOW!" My review was simply just going to be a rave at how...Epic this novel really, truly was. Instead, I thought I would give it a few days, collect my thoughts, and try to come up with something a little more mature...*Clears throat* So here I go!

This Is What Happy Looks Like is far from your ordinary boy meets girl story. The author took all of my favourite elements(Small town, romance, self discovery and swoon-worthy boy) and wrapped them up in this amazing little package.

This Is What Happy Looks Like will wrap you up in a cozy ray of sunshine and fill your heart with a romantic story line and spirited characters. I adored Graham from the moment I learned he had a Pig named Wilbur(Wanting a pig myself, I felt we could relate!) And talk about swoon-worthy!

The author didn't introduce Graham as this brooding tall, dark and handsome type. We got to fall in love with Graham before even learning about his appearance(Which didn't sound to shabby either!) A funny, witty, caring person he is. Just my type!

I loved Ellie. She was a character that could stand on her own. She was confident and independent. She had a tough exterior but we a softy on the inside. I loved learning more about her as her story unfolded! Which the author delivered at a perfect face!

Jennifer E. Smith really created something amazing with this book. Like how Ellie describes happiness: Sunrises over the harbor. Ice cream on a hot day. The sound of the waves down the street. The way my dog curls up next to me on the couch. Evening strolls. Great movies. Thunderstorms...And an amazing Young Adult novel titled This Is What Happiness Looks Like.

If this novel is not on your Summer To-Read pile than you need to change that, pronto! Pour yourself a cold glass of lemon-aid or iced tea, lay out in the sun, and be whisked by this heart-warming tale about love.

**Note: This book may have you constantly refreshing your e-mail page in hopes that Johnny Depp may accidentally e-mail you**

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How could I not use a Taylor Swift Song?!

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  1. I absolutely loved this book. Everything about it was just so adorable. I found it hard to write a review as well all I wanted to say over and over was AWWWW. Ellie's character was amazing and so strong, the only thing I wish I saw more of was her friendship and a little more of her mother.

  2. This sounds like a great summer read. I'll put it on my list.

  3. I actually love anything written by Ms. Smith. This was a delightful story and, after reading her early release of the first few chapters, I was really looking forward to it. It was sweet and funny, and the characters were definitely relatable. Since it ended rather quickly, I would actually love to read a sequel to their story.

  4. Overall a great read! It is definitely one I would recommend if you love happy endings, Contemporary YA, and fairy tales, because this has all of those things.


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