Sunday, June 16, 2013

From the shelf: This is What Happy Looks Like

Title: This is What Happy Looks Like
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Life, Chick-Lit
Date read: June 6-7, 2013
Dawn Rates:  (3/5)

Summary (cr: 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? 

My Review: (also in goodreads)

This the second book I read from Jennifer Smith. The first being The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. I was curious at this book because it was being compared to "You've got Mail" my fave Meg Ryan-Tom Hanks movie. I wanted to know what the hype was all about. It had the email exchange, yes...but the story is far from the movie. Maybe because plots with emails exchanged between strangers is always associated with the movie.

Anyway, the story is about a small town girl Ellie O Niell coincidentally exchanging emails (sort of like penpals) not knowing that the stranger at the other side of the world is no other than the superstar Graham Larkin. Their worlds collide as Graham decides to use the small town as the location for the shoot of his next movie while trying to meet his new friend.

The book is a breeze to had a feel-good vibe to it. When I read further into the story I realize that its kinda hard to be in a relationship with someone famous and I'm happy to be normal. I was kind of disappointed though in the ending, literally exclaiming "That's it??". The ending was sort of a cliffhanger. There were several points that makes the reader left hanging: her father's reaction about seeing the articles and the future of their relationship. All in all, this is a good read to pass the time.

Till the next read...

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