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This Is What Happy Looks Like

Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
This Is What Happy Looks Like
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"Perfect strangers Graham Larkin and Ellie O'Neill meet online when Graham accidentally sends Ellie an e-mail about his pet pig, Wilbur. The two 17-year-olds strike up an e-mail relationship from opposite sides of the country and don't even know each other's first names. What's more, Ellie doesn't know Graham is a famous actor, and Graham doesn't know about the big secret in Ellie's family tree. When the relationship goes from online to in-person, they find out whether their relationship can be the real thing"--
Publisher: New York : Poppy, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316212823
Branch Call Number: FIC S
Characteristics: 404 p. ; 22 cm.

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And last summer, I became a fast fan of Jennifer E. Smith I read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Geography of You and Me, and This is What Happy Looks Like, over two weeks and loved them all. They are fun, quirky romances where you are always rooting for the main charact... Read More »


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Aug 18, 2014
  • TOPGRADEMILK rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

i expected this to be cheesy and it was. the beginning was okay but when I got half way to the book i kind of skimmed because the book was predictable.

May 13, 2014
  • comer97 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love this book. This was the first book of hers that I have read and now im reading her the first book of hers.

Feb 13, 2014
  • EyeForDesign rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I expected this to be cheesy, but by the halfway point I began skimming and felt I really didn't miss much. Predictable and improbable. I enjoyed the quirky e-mails, but wish there was more of that than the rest of the cheesy plotline.

Nov 20, 2013
  • kesha1123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love everything from the format to the tale itself. This is a too cute, age appropriate love story for all ages especially young readers.

Oct 13, 2013
  • mariathiessen rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This books was amazing. I loved how they both first e-mailed for a while, then afterwards met while he was in her home town. Such a good romantic book for any teenage.

Sep 29, 2013
  • allisonlovesbooks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

Ellie is a small town girl living in Maine with her mother and working at the local ice cream shop. When she accidentally receives an email from a guy about walking his pet pig she decides to reply and let him know that he had emailed the wrong person. Soon they start talking about everything except their names which they decide to conceal. Ellie finds herself waiting impatiently to see emails from him pop up, but what she doesn’t realize is that the guy she has been talking to is actually Graham Larkin the teen movie star. When Graham finds out that Ellie lives in a location which would be perfect for the movie he is about to start shooting he talks the director into filming the movie there so that he can meet Ellie in person. Can someone as famous as Graham really date an ordinary girl like Ellie, and why is Ellie so set on avoiding the spotlight with the new movie crew setting up in her hometown?

Last year I read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith (Is that a mouth full or what??) and I enjoyed it so I was excited to see that she had a new contemporary stand alone book. It’s really nice to see a stand alone book for a change in a world full of trilogy, series and sagas one book that sums up the whole story is nice.

This story starts out in email form and we see the back and forth banter between the main characters and I must say that I fell in love with Graham from the very beginning. I mean he has a pet pig!! When they discuss the things that make them happy I thought it was beautiful. When we get further into the story you really start to learn more about Graham and he lives up to your expectations. He is a good guy looking for someone to love him for who he is inside rather then only seeing the movie star.

I must say that I loved the story and as I turned the last page I let out a nice contented sigh as should happen since I was completely satiated with the story. The one thing that I really loved about the book is that I felt it was realistic. It felt like it really could happen. People receive wrong emails all the time, but how many people would actually answer them back to let them know they had made a mistake.

This small rant may spoil a part of the book, so if you haven’t read it yet you might want to stop here. The one thing that frustrated me about the story is Ellie being irrational and wasting time. The movie was only being filmed in the small town for a month, and out of that time about 3 weeks go by where Ellie won’t talk and see Graham!! I hate things like serendipity where one thing happens to one person which keeps another person from finding out how that person feels (It’s hard to describe what I mean) I just wish that for more of the book the two main characters would have been getting along and getting to know each other more before they have the fight that separates them for so long.

All in all I thoroughly enjoyed this book a lot. If you enjoyed this book and haven’t read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight then you should check that one out. You might also like How Zoe Made her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer and Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill.

Sep 04, 2013
  • kiki_kylan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

an absolutely adorable, amazingly awesome novel.

I didn't enjoy this book at all...I guess it because of the slow start.I wouldn't recommend this book

"An accidental email kicks off a surprising relationship between small town poet Ellie and movie star Graham in this winsome love story. Some teen girls would be ecstatic to learn that the charming (if anonymous) guy they've been bonding with over email is actually a famous teen heartthrob. But when Graham shows up at Ellie's door, Ellie is stunned, and afraid that the paparazzi who follow Graham will expose her family's scandalous secret. Combining endearing, authentic characters with celebrity drama, this sweet, thoughtful novel will win the hearts of teen romance fans." July 2013 Teen Scene newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=650588

Jun 25, 2013
  • sportsbookspce rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Awesome awesome awesome!! This book is sweet (there were many "awww" moments) but not too sweet because there was conflict. The emails that were at the beginning of the book got me hooked. I loved how every chapter there was an email to explain what just happened or what is going to happen. The characters, especially Ellie and Graham were very well written. This Is What Happy Looks Like is the perfect summer read.

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