BOOK REVIEW: This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Title: This is What Happy Looks Like

Author: Jennifer E. Smith

Genre: Young Adult

Rating: 2/5 stars ★★

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“No matter how long it’s been or how far you’ve drifted, no matter how unknowable you might be, there were at least two people in the world whose job it was to see you, to find you, to recognize you and reel you back in. No matter what.”

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BACK COVER BLURB:

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?

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MY REVIEW:

2 of 5 stars to This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

★★

This is just not my kind of book. As expected, the writing is impeccable. Smith has a way of making simple words sound beautiful and deep. But the reason for the 2 stars is because I didn’t enjoy this book much. That’s always my major criteria when rating a book and the rest (plot, writing, etc) comes second. 400+ pages is just too long for a book with a plot like this one. In the beginning, the pacing was okay but then it got dragging and I found myself eager to finish the book not because I am intrigued of what is to happen but rather I am bored with the story and I just wanted to move on to the next book on my TBR.

Having said that, this book still holds a promise of wonder to people who are into soft YA, fluffy with enough drama and subdued romance. It comes off quite realistic to be honest, just how I remembered feeling about The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. Smith didn’t offer endings in her stories (so far in her books that I have read). She always leaves it hanging (not in a cliffy way) or open that it’s up to us to think what probably happens next. Also, the end of her books do not feel like “endings” at all. It looks more like a “beginning” of the real story. It also seems like a disguise for a sad ending or an “unlikable” one where the H/h do not end up with each other.

Anyway, this book is really hard to rate. The plot maybe unoriginal but it is told beautifully. It may have bored me but I’m a girl who likes action and adventure so that’s expected. And with that, I’m not likely to read another of Smith’s in the foreseeable future.


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