Book Review: This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

I bought Jennifer E. Smith’s book during the time I was reading Game of Thrones as a sort of palette cleanser. I bought all of her three books without expectations hoping it would just make me feel better about all the death happening in Game of Thrones.


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? –Goodreads

If I could describe the whole story in one word, it would be hopeful. It’s about two people from opposite worlds who fall in love. They held on to that hope in search for a better future together.

The plot would very much fit the daydreams of young girls who wish nothing more than their favorite actors/musicians fall for them. Having said that, I would definitely put an age limit for those who want to read this!

But even if it has a light story, it was a very fun read that made kept me preoccupied for a whole day. Some parts that I did like is how the author tried to tell us how famous people feel when there’s no more spotlight. Or how people who have a certain history try to find a new beginning somewhere.

I think, what I loved the best about the book is the part where it subtly takes a jab at media and shows us the more negative side of it.

**Spoiler alert** There was this part where Graham and Ellie were having a moment and they were walking back home and then all of a sudden paparazzi was everywhere! They were trying to take photos of a ordinary girl for a story. **Spoiler over** As a reader (and an ordinary girl) it made me feel like an invasion of my privacy and a sort of exploitation. It reminds me of Kylie Jenner. Can you imagine growing up with cameras all over your face and people judging you left and right? I appreciate media but sometimes they just cross the line. I think that the media is partly to blame why famous people act that way. They just feed off of each other. It’s unhealthy and all of us ordinary people have no choice but to watch it.

“There are different kinds of happy,” she said. “Some kinds you don’t any proof.”

Have you read this book? I’d love to know what your thoughts are about it!


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