Title: This is What Happy Looks Like
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Series: This is What Happy Looks Like #1
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Format: Published April 2nd 2013 by Headline
Source: Own copy; bought in National Bookstore
“Exactly. How can you know it makes you happy if you’ve never experienced it?”
“There are different kinds of happy,” she said. “Some kinds don’t need any proof.”
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?
“Wait, is that your way of saying good-bye without really saying goodbye?”
“No. Actually, I’m not sure I’m quite finished saying hello yet.”
I love how this book starts with email exchanges. It’s just so unique and cute so you get really into it. My initial thoughts are: First, okay, it’s kind of scary to talk to strangers via the internet cause you never know if the person you’re talking to is sort of a perverted serial killer but then again would a perverted serial killer have a pet pig named Wilbur? The chances are very slim sooooo let’s forget that possibility for a second. Then they start talking about other cutesy things and they sort of start flirting. Would a perverted serial killer spend so much time with you talking about nonsense things? Maybe so, but Ellie still took the risk. I would take it too if it would lead me to my own Graham Larkin!
Here I am typing GDL824@yahoo.com still waiting for freaking Graham Larkin to reply to me…
“I never said I was good,” he told her, taking the pen. “Just that I liked doing it.”
“That’s the best kind of good.”
For a reason that will make you grin like a loony, Graham starts shooting in the location where Ellie lives. They’ve been emailing for months now and so they kind of start developing feelings for each other which is really unfair cause my email is just full of spam not one single email about a pig named Wilbur.
“It was exactly as he’d thought it would be, like the first time and the millionth time all at once, like being wide awake, like losing his balance. Only this time, it wasn’t just him; this time, they were losing their balance together.”
The first time they meet there was this intense staring contest but they didn’t even know that they were already staring at the eyes of the person they’ve been emailing for months. So it starts off with this crazy mistake of identity which is just really funny. I was just thinking the whole time, “That’s not her!!!! Stop assuming,” but the moment they truly meet is just really cute and great. Just like Graham cause he’s really cute and great too.
“But from where he was standing, he could see her perfectly: the wavy red hair and the oversize T-shirt with a smiling lobster on the front, the way her legs were tucked up beneath her on the swing, and the freckles across her nose. He could see her, and it was just like he’d thought. It was just like being punched in the stomach.”
Of course, it can’t just be all happy right? Just when you get excited cause they’re finally together another twist comes right in. COME ON! Is that really necessary? Which causes Ellie to stay away from Graham and then we get this whole drama fest which is annoying.
Let me tell you, Graham. A girl wants to be fought for. Grow some balls and don’t give up. If you like the girl and you obviously know she likes you too, fight harder. Don’t give up!! I like you guys together so please.
And you Ellie, stop it with your dramaness. It’s not even making sense. You can’t just abandon Graham with no explanation cause that’s just plain cruel. Seriously, if you don’t want him a lot of girls do and I’m one of them. So stake you’re claim while you still can!!!
“Salutations,” he said, and she smiled.
“Yeah,” he said. “It really is.”
Then when they do get together again, some family issues comes along. Graham was just so supportive about everything which is amazing. When that’s all over, they finally get a proper date. YEHEY. F I N A L L Y. Yes, I’m happy cause Graham is just the sweetest person ever.
“The end coming before the beginning really even had a chance to begin.”
Though at times I was bored because I felt like absolutely nothing was happening, I still couldn’t stop myself from reading with the hopes of their happily ever after but that ending though…. I NEED MORE. I don’t like endings that seem to have no closure. It’s like after everything I want them to be together but the uncertainty is there yet you know it will happen kind of thing. The struggle. The plus is letting you imagine what happens next.