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

Title: This Is What Happy Looks Like
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Rating: 4 Stars

Goodreads Summary

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?

My Review

Cute. Not childishly cute but more like heartwarmingly cute. I loved every single detail of the story. This is my second Jennifer Smith novel and she never fails to amaze me.

From the title of the book, I figured this would have a happy ending, but it made me think twice. “This is what happy looks like…” The characters might have a different take on what happy looks like, compared to what I had in mind so the story might go into a different direction. Somehow, it didn’t.

I had a great time reading the book and I cannot really put it down. The characters were great, especially Graham. He’s completely different compared to other fictional “celebrities” I’ve read in other books. Plus I loved every single thing the characters labeled as “what happy looks like.” Some of those really appealed to me because I also had it listed on my bucketlist.

Last thing, this book was the mere definition of serendipity.


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A 22 year old bibliophile from the outskirts of Manila, who loves reading books for passion.

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