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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (24 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755392280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755392285
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 6.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I gulped down this book like a glass of ice-cold water on a scorching hot day. If you don't read this book in one sitting there may well be something wrong with you... An absolute treat! (Cat Clarke)

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a cracking read full of heart and humour. Hadley is a witty and charming protagonist and Smith's fantastic writing makes you believe that first love really can blossom in just 24 hours, even at 40,000 feet (The Bookseller)

I absolutely loved The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. I read it in one sitting and when I finally put it down I was beaming and a bit tearful...A sweet, charming, romantic book, it's begging to be turned into a film (Keris Stainton)

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is sweet, tender and uplifting - everything you could want (The Bookette)

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A winning combination of humour, heartbreak and romance make this a must read for fans of John Green - and lovers of Zac Efron films.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sam on 3 Jan. 2014
Format: Paperback
This is What Happy Looks Like is a light and fluffy YA contemporary romance that is ready to sweep many off their feet. The unique plot and entertaining characters make this book intriguing and definitely worth a read if you're looking for a light-hearted contemporary read.

I loved the idea that a girl and a boy meet by an accidental email and he turns out to be a famous teen actor... It's just such a good idea. There's next to no chance that would ever happen, but this book makes it seem possible!

Graham is a famous movie star who jumps at the chance to go to the hometown of the girl he's been talking by email to shoot a movie. While Ellie is a quiet girl who's mother wants her to stay out of the spotlight at all costs. However the two end up falling for each other anyway but they have no idea what obstacles await them.

I enjoyed the well-thought out plot and the twists and surprises the author throws at us! The elements of celebrities also made it a lot more interesting. It was hard not to love Graham and Ellie, who are just two teenagers wanting a normal relationship.

After falling hard for The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, I knew that I had to read more from Smith. It had everything I was looking for: a cute summer romance, a heart-warming plot and down-to-earth characters. I can't wait to see what unique story Jennifer Smith will think up next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Milka @ WinterHaven Books on 7 April 2014
Format: Paperback
A couple of months ago Jennifer E.Smith made me laugh and maybe ever shed a couple of tears over her very sweet and cute novel The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight in which boy and a girl meet at an airport and form a connection that turns from a friendly chatter to something more. When I came across This is What Happy Looks Like with its cute cover and very romantic sounding synopsis, I knew it was exactly what I needed to get my mind away from the abundance of university work stressing me out.

Ellie is a small town girl from Maine with a secret past she cannot tell anyone about in order to protect herself and her mother. Graham Larkin is a Hollywood film star who underneath all his glamour feels like he does not fit in and rather spends time with his pet pig than in glitzy parties filled with other celebrities. These two individuals from totally different worlds form an email relationship in which they talk about their dreams, lives and problems without even knowing each others names. When Graham's new film travels for a shoot in Maine, Graham looks for her mysterious pen pal and soon realizes that the not everything works like in movies.

Likable female protagonist? Check. Cute and charming, down to earth film star? Check. Secrets, romance and self discovery? Check. Some could call Smith's book cheesy and predictable, and yes, maybe it is both to some extent. But hey, what did you expect in the first place? This is What Happy Looks Like is sweet, romantic, occasionally funny; so exactly what the premise promises. Ellie is real and honest and not blind to Graham's fame. Graham is charming, impulsive and clearly a bit lost.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Megan ReadingInTheSunshine TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 April 2013
Format: Hardcover
I was ever so excited to start on This Is What Happy Looks Like. I had heard amazing things about Jennifer's other novels so I was very much looking forward to reading this.

Ellie O'Neill is a small-town girl living in Henley, Maine. During the day she works at Sprinkles, an ice cream shop with her best friend Quinn, and also helps out at her mother's shop too, with nothing exciting happening in her little town. Ellie receives an email by accident from a stranger about his pet pig, and after she replies, the two start corresponding, and Ellie finds out that her email buddy is a seventeen year old boy who is funny, witty and charming. What she doesn't know is that the boy she's been contacting is in fact Graham Larkin, a famous teenage movie star. When Graham brings his whole film crew to shoot his new movie in Ellie's home town, he decides to take their relationship from online to real life in person. But will Ellie feel the same once she knows who she has been emailing? Can a famous man like Graham have a successful relationship with an ordinary girl? And as Ellie tries to stay out of the spotlight, is she hiding something too?

I LOVED this! I found This Is What Happy Looks Like very difficult to put down, and when I did have to stop reading to go to sleep or have dinner, then I was constantly thinking about the characters, the situations they were in and what was going to happen next.

The characters were beautifully written. Ellie was the perfect female lead, she is instantly likeable, and her seemingly ordinary life is what makes her so relateable. She is just a girl in a little town, going to work with her friend every day in a an ordinary shop, with hopes and dreams like every other girl out there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE on 4 July 2014
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There's nothing wrong with some teenage chick-lit to balance out the various other literary genres you may find yourself wading through. You'd be hard pushed to find summertime fiction out there that isn't chick-lit, but TIWHLL is perfect for reading at the beach if that is the sort of thing that you are after.

Ellie and Graham are two 17-year-olds who end up e-mailing other by accident and begin a minimalistic online relationship. Neither of them know each other's names but seem to connect on a deeper level without meaning to. In real life Graham is a Zach Efron-type movie star and Ellie is the illegitimate daughter of of a politician secreted away in a quiet Maine coastal town in an effort to find a normal life.

Graham's new movie ends up shooting in her town and he comes looking for her, hoping to connect in real life since Hollywood is full of phonies. They eventually meet and find that the connection is just as real in person, though they have buffers keeping them from truly bonding.

It's a bit of an anti-climax by the end, and I was sort of disappointed by that. As I sit here and type this review I honestly cannot even remember how it ended, but it's an easy and addictive read with enough character development to involve the average reader as there is to identify with (well, for me anyway). Good luck finding teenagers like this in real life though, they're far too addicted to their cellphones and social networking. I guess this is why I like this sort of thing as when I was teen I longed for a friend who was worth a damn and who was not superficial or lacking in intelligence. They only exist in fiction it seems.

The image on the cover art is not a scene that happens in the novel, btw.
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