Wednesday, 1 May 2013
Review: This Is What Happy Looks Like - Jennifer E. Smith
Pages: 407 pages, ARC
Acquired: Kindly sent for review
Summary (from Goodreads): Through a series of funny and poignant messages, Graham and Ellie make a true connection, sharing intimate details about their lives, hopes and fears. But they don't tell each other everything; Graham doesn't know the major secret hidden in Ellie's family tree, and Ellie is innocently unaware that Graham is actually a world-famous teen actor living in Los Angeles.
When the location for the shoot of Graham's new film falls through, he sees an opportunity to take their relationship from online to in-person, managing to get the production relocated to picturesque Henley, Maine, where Ellie lives. But can a star as famous as Graham have a real relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie's mom want her to avoid the media's spotlight at all costs?
First line: 'Hey, we're running pretty behind here.'
My review: I devoured and adored Smith's previous release (The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight) at the beginning of 2012 so I was really keen to get my hands on This Is What Happy Looks Like. Getting lost inside a story is all I ever want from a novel and I definitely got lost inside Graham and Ellie's world in this gorgeous love story, which is a fun, summery read.
We're beginning to head into summer and I really fancied a light-hearted, romantic YA that would lift my spirits and help me get ready for the warmer weather - if that's the sort of mood you're in too then this is the perfect book for you.
Ellie is a likable heroine from the outset. A little snarky, definitely memorable and not your frustratingly perfect runway model. She's a real girl and that's what made me warm to her; I felt like she could be me or one of my pals who just happens to find herself in a surprising situation.
The love story is the core of This Is What Happy Looks Like and it's such a sweet, lovely relationship that I was rooting for from page one. It's nice to see something so tender and loving and based on a genuine foundation, rather than just another frustrating insta-love relationship. Smith knows how to write a love story - that's for sure!
Can somebody option this for a movie soon, please? Like, right now. A gorgeous small town setting, memorable characters and a sizzling love story - This Is What Happy Looks Like is your next summer read, trust me.