April 5, 2013

This is What Happy Looks Like - Jennifer E. Smith

Young Adult
Pages: 416
Publisher: Poppy
Release Date: April 2, 2013
Goodreads / Amazon

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? 

"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."

Perfect fluffy summer read! This is the cutest love story I've read in a while. Can you imagine? the hottest young male celebrity just emails you by mistake and then sets his next movie on your small town just to meet you? Okay, okay. Not the most believable premise of all time, but that just gave it a dreamy/magical feeling that some romances should have. This is a book that will have you smiling and day dreaming all day. 

Their interactions and emails, the complications, Ellie's friendship with Quinn, Ellie's relationship with her mom-- all these things were utterly well done and believable in the mist of a stretched out premise. So there is some depth and relationship details within this happy-making read. Even the way fame is portrayed, the faults and dark parts of it, was very realistic. I love that Smith included that. How unhappy and lonely celebrities can be. How they can like one part of the job, but not necessarily fame itself.

So pack up this sweet story along with your summer stuff, enjoy Smith's flawless third-person narration and fall in love with Graham Larking and the small town of Henley. Contemporary romance readers will delight in this enchanting story! 

1 comment:

  1. I want to read this one because I love that premise, no matter how unbelievable.


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