Title: This is What Happy Looks Like
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Genre: YA contemporary
Length: 416 pages
Published by: Headline
Source: I bought it! (ages ago…)
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
There was quite a lot to like about this book. But I was a little disappointed, to be honest.
The prologue was awesome. It contained all these really funny emails and gave a great sense of character. It was really cute!
(like this kitten, actually. LOOK AT IT LOOK AT HOW CUTE IT IS)
Ahem. So yeah. Prologue = thumbs up. I would have really liked if the whole book had had more of these awesome emails. But alas, the rest of the book was kind of disappointing.
I mean, technically it had all the right things. But they just didn’t pan out well. Ellie and Graham work so well in the emails, but when they meet in real life, I was kind of like…is that it? Sure, they’d emailed before, but emails aren’t the same as meeting in real life. It was like insta-love but like the author was trying to present it as NOT insta-love. They didn’t get to know each other very well at all, and their connection just didn’t make sense.
Plus, the book is really long!! Probably too long. I mean, it’s a light and fluffy contemporary with not much else in regards to substance, but it’s more than 400 pages!
And to be honest, I kept comparing it to The Distance Between Us. I loved that book, and there were parallels in this one – rich guy, proud but poor girl, cuteness – but this one just didn’t match up. I know I shouldn’t compare books at all, and that part’s my fault, but sometimes you can’t help it, you know?
My favourite parts, then:
– The emails
– The mix-up between the two girls at the beginning. Hilarious!
– The search for whoopie pies
But at the same time, it’s really hard to say bad things about this book, because it was cute, and it was a pretty good contemporary – light and fluffy. Like whoopie pies. And I guess maybe you need to be in the right mood for it? But in the end it just didn’t do it for me.
That said, I really want to read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, because there was the potential for something amazing in this book, and I’ve heard that other people love it. I hope my next Jennifer E Smith is good!!
Rating: 3/5 Wonderkitties