If fate sent you an email, would you answer?
Title: This Is What Happy Looks Like
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Length: 416 pages
Publisher: Little Brown and Co.
Rating: 5 stars
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? -Goodreads
Jennifer E. Smith does it again with this simple tale of love, life, secrets, and emails gone awry.
"This Is What Happy Looks Like", is a refreshingly simple tale of two teenagers who find each other through the happenstance of a mistyped email address, becoming friends first, and then more.
The thing that makes this book work is it's "it could happen to you" factor. It is so easy to become Ellie or Graham, seeing and experiencing the world as he or she would. These two young people are two hearts looking for love that is honest, true, and judgement free. Things that because of their lives, and in the case of Ellie, her past; they both believe to be beyond their reach.
Until that first email...
This is a very enjoyable and hopeful read that will make even the must jaded of hearts a believer in love conquering all. Graham and Ellie's story stands as proof that sometimes people are "just meant to be together".
I recommend this book to anyone who has ever cried at the end of a Meg Ryan movie. Anyone who loved "The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight". Anyone who is just the least bit curious as to "what happy looks like".