Publisher's Note:  

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

by Jennifer E. Smith

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Overall Review:  

Luckily, author Jennifer E. Smith appears to be an incurable romantic--and that is extraordinarily good news for young adult readers.  Smith's novel, This Is What Happy Looks Like, starts with a strange twist of fate (a mistyped email address) that brings Ellie and Graham together.  These two protagonists are thoughtful, earnest, and kind; as a reader, it is nice to spend time with them.  Like Smith's other book, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, this novel goes beyond the romance to address family and young adult themes.  Although the pacing in this book can be slow at times--it isn't a plot-driven book so much as a "slice of life" story--it was an enjoyable read.  Jennifer E. Smith is an author to add to your reading watch list.

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  5 religious exclamations; 3 mild obscenities; 1 anatomical term.


Violence/Gore:  A character punches another character.


Sex/Nudity:  Characters kiss; report of an extramarital affair and a child out of wedlock.

Mature Subject Matter:  

Extra-marital affairs, Child born out of wedlock

Alcohol / Drug Use:  

A character smokes.

Reviewed By Cindy
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