Title:This Is What Happy Looks Like (Click on title for synopsis)
Source/ Formtat: borrowed from the library, Hardback
Age Range: YA
Publisher/ Publication Date: Poppy, April 2, 2013
Considering that I’ve never read
anything by Jennifer E. Smith before, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked
this book. This Is What Happy Looks Like
had all the components to it that I look for in a contemporary YA novel. The romance was sweet, with the characters
connecting on an emotional level, the plot was well thought-out, and the
writing style was excellent. To say that
I liked this book would be an understatement, I absolutely loved it! It’s one book that I’d like to add to my
This is what Happy Looks Like is
told from dual POV’s, Ellie O’Neill a normal girl trying to get her life in
order, and Graham Larkin, a movie star.
I liked that prior to the start of the story, they already knew about
each other. So when they met in person for the first time, I felt like it was
an important part of the story. Ellie’s
reaction to Graham was understandable, she had things to hide. I was unsure of what she was hiding at the
beginning, but then I found out what it was, and I felt so bad for her, having
to live with what she knew. Graham was
also dealing with his own set of problems from his parents, to his career, and
what being in the limelight was doing to him as a person. As things unfolded, I felt like Ellie helped
Graham, and in turn he helped her overcome some of her fears. The relationship between Ellie and her mom
was believable, and I understood where her mother was coming from. She was only trying to look out for Ellie,
and thought what she was doing was what was best.
I really liked the whole concept
of this book, from the way Ellie and Graham first met, to the ending, which wrapped
things up nicely. In the end, I really
enjoyed This Is What Happy Looks Like.
It was refreshing to read a contemporary novel like this one, and in a
few short hours I’d read the entire thing.