May 1, 2013

This is What Happy Looks Like

This Is What Happy Looks LikeAuthor: Jennifer E. Smith
Release Date: April 2nd, 2013
Publisher: Poppy
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover

Synopsis: 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 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?


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Review: Okay, as said above, this is a story about Ellie and Graham and the relationship that forms between them. There is not only that going on but other things going on within the story as well that add more fuel to the fire of the book. I got sucked in within the first chapter and hated having to study for finals when all my brain could think about was finishing the book to figure it out.

The author does a great job of making you think certain things will happen and getting things to switch around so you still have a general idea of the story but at the same time it is also different than expected. It is a nice summer read and gets your girly side to come out.

I don't want to say too much about the book and give it away, but I do have 2 complaints about the book. One was that there were some side stories that to me felt like they would re-arise at the end but ended up not becoming a part of the ending. So I feel like with the ending that certain things became more of a filler than it did a part of the book. The ending itself I wasn't fond of. I still liked the ending, I just have to say I still wanted more of an ending of what was given.

Now that I had my complaints, I want to say it is not enough for me to not give a very high review and recommend it to anyone that loves YA fiction or even anyone that likes a romantic type of read. It definitely gives you the feel good feelings about love in general, especially young love. You learn to want to strangle some of the characters and run and try to support and comfort others.  You can feel the emotion and realness of the characters and for me, that is a must in a book. If I am not able to feel the characters. I won't be able to finish it.

I know there are alot of you out there doing reading challenges for 2013 and I highly suggest adding this to your list of 2013 book releases to be read. I know all of you will love it just as much as I did.

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