Monday, March 25, 2013
Review: This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
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? ~ Goodreads
This book is sweet, pleasant, charming…
The first few chapters are adorable as the hottest teen movie star around Graham Larkin accidentally emails small town girl Ellie O’Neill asking her to feed his pet pig. Their interactions are funny and touching while they reveal small pieces of themselves that they are unable to share with others through the anonymity of email.
When they finally meet the story starts to meander. Don't get me wrong - these characters are wonderful people who deserve happiness but they spend a lot of time thinking and talking in their own heads with very little real action going on.
Graham is nice, not the typical bad boy Hollywood type. Ellie is nice, albeit with a secret that keeps her from fully embracing a relationship with Graham, and the publicity that will bring, but no matter what is thrown at the characters they just plug along making for a very anti climactic story. The characters and interactions fell kind of flat for me but there was an undeniable charm to the writing and small Maine town.
Final thoughts: I sort of feel like I'm kicking a puppy for not enjoying this book more. It's so gosh darn sweet. After complaining about all the books with angst overload I should have enjoyed this one but alas I did not.
If you're looking for a clean, cute romance with a dash of family/friendship drama then maybe this would work better for you than me, or possibly for younger girls. It has a very positive message about finding what makes you happy. It's not only about finding a boy who fixes everything but about the people you meet who make a difference throughout life.
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Source: Provided by the publisher for my honest review
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