Review ~ This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

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Review ~ This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. SmithThis is What Happy Looks Like
by Jennifer E. Smith
Published by Headline
Release date : April 2nd 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Source: Purchased | Format: Paperback
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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?

I was in serious need for FLUFF when I picked up This is What Happy Looks Like. Other than that, I didn’t expect ANYTHING from this; especially since I have yet to read any other novels by Jennifer E. Smith. So, I am not surprised that I wasn’t blown away by it.

This is What Happy Looks Like is one of those novels that has zero probability, no real depth but cute nonetheless. Does it make it bad? Not exactly. Just something to kill a few hours and escape into. You can’t help at smile at  the cuteness, yet wonder what’s the damn point of it is at the same time.

Both Ellie and Graham are very sweet, and you got it, CUTE characters. I never really connected to them and they weren’t very two-dimensional. Also, their relationship development was fast. Like, really fast. Not to mention, BORING. Sure, the communication in email had been going on for a few months, but we only got to see a few of those emails. They were cute together, but… I need more than cute. Although the attempt was there to create a little bit more depth to the plot, it was seriously lacking.

Moving on.

The rest of the novel? Eh… There was the “secret” of Ellie’s past, surrounding her father. There was no resolution, so it’s hard to see the whole point of it, save for a plot device. Graham’s issues with his family, were wrapped up during a phone call. Ellie’s best friend -what’s her face- was NOT very likeable person or supportive friend. And the end? Nothing.

Overall –

Just not for me. A lot of boring, bland and lack luster happenings for me to thoroughly enjoy it.

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9 responses to “Review ~ This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

  1. CeCe

    I am surprised to hear this. This series has been on my TBR for a while because so many people seem to love it. I get what you mean about it being cute, but lacking depth as it does appear it might be that way. I wish you had enjoyed it more. Oh well, can’t win ’em all.
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    • tonyalee

      Why are you surprised?

      I think I am getting to the point where FLUFF is not my friend. i always complain I need something light, but end up NOT liking it, so why bother?

      I think those that love contemp romance to pieces, will love this.

  2. Jord @ Miss Book Reviews

    I also didn’t like this a lot, and YES! At the end all I could think was “What was the point of this story?”, it felt like a slice of life but nothing was resolved at the end and everything was left hanging. I didn’t really like it at all and it’s sad because now I have no urge to read her other books due to being afraid they’re all just like this one. Especially because the covers are all the same art.
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