This Is What Happy Looks Like – Jennifer E. Smith


Author: Jennifer E. Smith

Rating: 4/5

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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?


After Graham and Ellie meet online via an accidental email meant for someone else, the two begin talking for months, never knowing who the other one is. When Ellie lets the name of her hometown slip in one of their conversations, and Graham’s new movie is without a location, he talks his way into a little town in Maine. After accidentally asking out her best friend thinking it was Ellie, the two embark on an adorable romance.

This book turned out to be one of those frivolous summer reads, the type you’d take to a pool or the beach for a light, fluffy read.

“Exactly. How can you know it makes you happy if you’ve never experienced it?”
“There are different kinds of happy,” she said. “Some kinds don’t need any proof.”

There’s not much of a climax, other than some random trip to see Ellie’s father that left her disappointed. It was cute, but there were moments that irked me a bit. I give this four stars, mainly because it was something that left you with a lack of depth of the real world and had no real plot other than Surprise! Graham’s a movie star.

All in all, this is a great story to read during hot summer days when emotional depth is too much to take to the pool.

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  1. Have you read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight??

  2. It’s so good! My favorite book I’ve read so far this year!


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