Sunday, April 17, 2016

Very Brief Thoughts: This Is What Happy Looks Like

This Is What Happy Looks Like

by Jennifer E. Smith
Book 1 of This Is What Happy Looks Like

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Rating:  2.5 Stars

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?

This book certainly tried hard to squeeze meaning out of every sentence, piece of dialogue, and action. It might have gotten a little clunky or wordy in its execution as well; there were a lot of things that could have been left unsaid. Nonetheless, cute and breezy it set out to do; cute and breezy it accomplished. I can't fault a book for trying so hard to be spectacular; you could practically FEEL how hard this book was trying.

It had a You've Got Mail vibe to its premise, but unfortunately it doesn't really hold a candle to one of my most favorite romantic comedies.

So it was enjoyable, at best, but still kind of mediocre on my scale.

This review was originally posted at Ani's Book Abyss / BookLikes in February 2014.

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