Review: This is What Happy Looks Like (Epic Rec)

Title: This is What Happy Looks Like
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Pub Deets: 2013, Headline (division of Hachette)
Series/Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Source: Library!


image from Judith at Paper Riot
I read this as part of the Epic Recs feature hosted by Paper Riot & Books of Amber.

Yeah, Gaby nailed it again. I wanted a book that was light, sweet, fun standalone read. That is PRECISELY what This is What Happy Looks Like packs within it's glorious pages.

Graham emails Ellie on accident. She has a witty reply. They continue their witty correspondence and something develops between them. Ellie has no idea Graham is a huge movie star. But Graham knows where Ellie lives via their chatting and twists the arms of the right people to get his latest movie filmed there so he can finally meet the girl who has captured his heart via email. 
Yes. YES THERE ARE. Not like make you weak in the knees swoons, but more like the heart aflutter and stupid smile on your face, swoons. Which is adorable! 
Small town Maine. It's so charming! There's an ice cream parlor, little touristy shops, and lots and lots of lobster. It's also set around the 4th of July so Gaby's timing was ACES, Y'ALL. 
OH YES. Graham is trying to keep his relationship with Ellie on the low to keep the paparazzi away. Ellie is trying to keep the real reason she and her mom live in small town Maine under wraps from Graham and her best friend. Much sneakiness abounds!
What does happy look like to Lisa?: White mochas. Sweatpants. SNOW. Video games. Dance parties. Laughing until I pee my pants. Pretending to be a dragon. HARRY POTTER. Ten. Reading into the squeaky hours of the morning. Snuggling under all of the blankets!
If you got an email from a cute celebrity who's about your age and who actually wanted to continue talking to you post-clarifying email miscommunication, what would you do and how does it all play out - y'know, in your imagination? (In this scenario, you are not married, natch.): I wish I could be like Ellie and not let it get to me, but the truth is I am WAY too into pop culture and movies and such to let that happen. So, as much as I wish it weren't the truth, I'd probably chicken out and let it fall apart. I KNOW I AM THE WORST. 
If you could have a non-traditional house pet (like a pig) what would it be?: Oh, most definitely a burro. I've wanted a burro FOREVER. Seriously, have you seen how cute they are! Evidence

Seriously, are you even surprised anymore? I'm not!
That's not to say that this book is life changing or perfection or whatever. It isn't. But it was the right book at the right time and so I give mad props to Gaby for knowing that and to Jennifer E Smith for writing books such as this because we need them in our lives, you know? 

The real question is, did Gaby adore Wanderlove? Check it, yo. 


Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.

1 comment:

  1. The premise of a movie shot in a small town reminds me of the time when Yasmine Bleeth (still famous from Baywatch) and Richard Grieco came to my hometown to shoot Heaven or Vegas (a movie few people have heard of, and less people have seen). Logan, UT isn't even that small (around 50,000 people then), but the excitement they generated was crazy, especially when both stars went shopping together at the grocery store where I worked.

    I hopped over to Amazon and read the sample of this book. The main human characters in my book meet through online chats and I was interested to see how Smith wrote her email conversations. The way E & G bantered was similar to the way my characters banter, so now I am going to have to get This is What Happy Looks like and read the whole thing.

    If anyone asks me why I am reading a YA romance novel, I'll just say, "Market research." Thanks for finding me another light-hearted read.

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