Book Summery (Via Goodreads):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?
I have read Jennifer Smith before. In fact, I read her book The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and looooved it. However, I didn't get the warm fuzzies for This is What Happy Looks Like. This love story seemed lukewarm to me from the start. I felt that Graham and Ellie fell in love with the idea of love, rather than love in reality. There was no spark, no chemistry. Also, no one in this book seemed particularly happy to me. At all. Ever. The love story is the usual...boy meets girl, they fall for each other, antics ensue, eventually they come to their senses,,,kind of, Despite the disappointing romance, this is a fast, light read. What really brought down the rating for me was the ending. I didn't know that the sequel, Happy Again, existed. While I'll definitely read Happy Again, This is What Happy Looks Like just fell a little short for me.
Cover Art Commentary:
I usually love the Jennifer Smith covers, but I'm not so crazy about this one. I guess yellow isn't my thing? Neither is water.