Friday, January 3, 2014

This is What Happy Looks Like

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
Publication Date: April 2, 2013
Publisher: Headline
Pages: 416
Keywords: summer, celebrities, romance
Format Read: library book

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?

Initially I was drawn to this book because of the cover and because I'd heard so many things about Smith's books, I grabbed it from the shelf at the library.

And it was cute. But I'm finding that's really all I thought it was. I wasn't bored by it, and I was interested in the characters, but they didn't really seem to have anything to them other than the fact that they were two people who weren't supposed to meet but did. I didn't see who Ellie and Graham were apart from one another, and they didn't seem to know who they themselves were apart from each other, which was kind of disappointing.

There was a whole second side plot that could have been really interesting as well, and I found myself wishing Ellie would go for that rather than pursue this thing with Graham. I wanted her to discover more about her family and learn to grow and be her own person rather than feel so hopelessly united to this celebrity boy she had just met.

It was cute. It wasn't realistic, but it was cute, and I was okay with that. It kept me reading, and I liked it in general, and I definitely think it's a poolside summer read.

Read When: You need a cute, lighthearted romance that you know will absolutely defy all odds and be happy in the end.

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