This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
Published: April 2nd, 2013
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?
My expectations for this book weren't too high (mostly because I wasn't too keen on the Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight) but it completely blew me out the water. The premise draws you in, and the adorableness keeps you there.
Graham was adorable, and Ellie was too. Even though the whole story is absurd on its own--I mean when has a movie star you've been emailing come to film a movie in middle-of-nowhere-Maine just to meet you?--but it was still believable and realistic.
All the subplots, like the relationship with Quinn, and Ellie's father, added to the novel and set it apart from the norm. This book made me want to move to Maine, and that's saying something.
This Is What Happy Looks Like has renewed by faith in Jennifer E. Smith and I can't wait to read more!