Friday, June 21, 2013

Review: This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

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? 

This Is What Happy Looks Like

Level of Originality: 5. Girl sees through the glamour of the movie star to find the real the theme of 1 out of every 2 Disney Channel original series. Or at least that is how I think of all Disney Channel movies. 
Level of Absurdity: 9. It is absurd that movie stars can just choose any old location for wild goose chases for love. But then again, I am not a movie star. Perhaps this is a real thing.
Level of Paranormal Romance: 5. My biggest complaint is that we don't get to see the feelings develop here. All the buildup happens "off screen" via emails which have already been sent. We just drop into the relationship. Also, all I could think was "PREDATORS LURK FOR GIRLS ON THE INTERNET!!!" Perhaps because teens these days were not exposed to AIM A/S/L chats, they are not as skeeved out by the way this relationship starts. But lordy, I am totally skeeved. 
Level of Harry Potter-ness: 3. This book fell flat for me. I couldn't get behind the romance or the challenges the characters faced. I did, however, liked the mixed-media of the texts/emails that fit into the start of each chapter. Overall, I much prefer Smith's The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight --click for my review!


  1. So basically you're telling me that this is NOT what happy looks like. Dually noted!

  2. HAHAHA... I still want to read this and I'm not skeeved out my interenet relationships... for the most part. But I meet other book bloggers IRL at BEA and other book events... and then we become friends... and I know people who I meet IRL get totally skeeved out when I say I'm going to go hang out with my internet friends (we have a nice bunch of book bloggers about an hour south of me). And I also realize that is not the same as falling in love with someone online, but.... technology is a part of our reality, but I love me some scary stories about it, too.

  3. I just read this too and 100% completely agree with every word here. It was weird and not believable and I really wouldn't be surprised if Disney picked it up as a movie.


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