Posted in Young Adult Lit

This is What Happy Looks Like, by Jennifer E. Smith

15790873This is What Happy Looks Like
Jennifer E. Smith
2013 Headline
ISBN – 9780316212823
Genre – Realistic Fiction, Romance
Age – High School
3.5 Stars

Ellie receives an odd email about walking a pet named Wilbur. It turns out that Graham Larkin, a famous movie star, accidentally mistyped the email address and Wilbur is a pig. Even more odd is that this initial email spurs a pen pal relationship between the two for months. Then Graham shows up in small town Henley, Maine to film his newest movie. It turns out he has ulterior motives. When he shows up in person in Ellie’s life, she must decide if she can put her secretive life at risk for a chance at a very public romance.

This book was sweet, and heartbreaking, and frustrating as well, as any good romance should be. The dynamic between Ellie and Graham is really satisfying, but their struggles make me want to pull my hair out. Ellie and her mom’s relationship frustrates me immensely. Its as if Ellie has to be the adult, because her mother is constantly hiding from her past. AAARRGH! If nothing else this is a lesson as to why secrets are bad, they tend to get in the way, in the worst way! Jennifer Smith has a way of writing realistic fiction that isn’t at all realistic, and despite the fact that I do not generally like this genre, and I am not a hopeless romantic, I still like her books. What can I say? They are easy and light hearted, and sometimes that is just what I need.

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