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

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Genre: Contemporary
Publication Date: 2013


(from Goodreads)

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?

–Spoiler Free–

“Maybe growing up was really nothing more than growing away: from your old life, from your old self, from all those things that kept you tethered to your past.”

I didn’t hate this book, I didn’t. I love teen contemporary romances. No matter how cliché and overdone it is, I love the whole famous boy falls in love with a normal girl shtick. They make me happy and I almost always really enjoy my time while reading them.

However, This Is What Happy Feels Like just felt so bland. The story line in of itself was sweet and the emails between Ellie and Graham were cute, but I just didn’t feel anything. Not for the characters or their story. I was indifferent to all of it and that’s not what I want when I’m reading a contemporary novel. I want my heart to flutter, I want laugh, I want to cry, I want to grin with excitement every time the main character and their love interest do something cute.

I want to feel something. And I just didn’t.

Overall, reading is a lot about chemistry, sometimes it’s there and sometimes it’s not. I just don’t think Jennifer E. Smith’s writing is for me. The premises of her books all sound interesting and this one was no different. The synopsis seemed like the novel would be buckets of adorable and fun fluff, but the execution was lackluster in comparison. I wanted so badly to like it, but the chemistry just wasn’t there and I guess it wasn’t meant to be.

2.5 out of 5 stars


“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.”

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