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This Is What Happy Looks Like

This Is What Happy Looks Like [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer E. Smith
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 551 KB
  • Print Length: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (4 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,705 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Megan ReadingInTheSunshine TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Smiley Face 4 July 2014
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Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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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3.0 out of 5 stars An okay read! 7 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I wanted to be blown away by this book, but unfortunately I wasn’t. Don’t get me wrong, This Is What Happy Looks Like, is a decent enough read, but it’s not spectacular. It’s a lot lighter than The Statistical Probability… but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I just think I connected more with Jennifer’s debut novel.

I thought the book was set in a beautiful place that I could imagine really well. The descriptions of it, were brilliant. I pictured such a lovely, quaint town where everyone knew everyone… (don’t we all know places like that?)

The characters in this book are cute. Ellie is easy to relate to, although she does come across as quite boring, she’s likeable enough. I think the stand out character of this book is Graham. He may be a movie star, but he hasn’t been sucked into the limelight. He actually shies away from it. He’s still level-headed, down to earth and completely normal. I thought he was a perfect love interest. The relationship between Ellie and Graham was sweet, but I would’ve loved to have read more emails between them. I really liked those sections of the books. They were modern, fresh and easy to read.

Although I wasn’t blown away, I think that many people will enjoy this cute, romantic read. I think my younger self would’ve devoured it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Happy in Love? 16 Jun 2013
A small American town, a young girl, Ellie and her mum have carved a life out for themselves quite nicely. The weather is glorious, the people friendly but by chance an email arrived to Ellie, it was meant for someone else but it got to Ellie and it started something life changing, a spark of friendship or the start of something more.

Graham was plucked from obscurity and is now the biggest movie star and everyone wants to work with him and all the female fans want to be with him. But Graham is struggling to deal with his fame, and is happy to retreat back into a life where he is virtually unknown.

One summer, as the heat is intense, two people are thrown together but are they being true with each other and are there secrets from the past that will help a future that should be promising and bright to these two young people?

This is a story of young love, friendships which divide and become stronger, about surviving in an unbalanced world where one is unknown and one is known. Add into that world the fact that everyone wants to know everything about everyone else, it is going to be a challenge. Jennifer E Smith, makes every young girls dream come to reality and shows what it might be like if you fell in love with someone famous. She shows the wonderful moments about not being sure whether you have loved or being in love as well as the difficulties of dealing with being in the public eye when your mother has been trying to keep you out of it, because of her own secret.

This is a novel which at first I was not sure of who the pitched audience was went to be? Is this a young adult book? But it goes a bit more deeper than that, it is not a pure romance and full of slushy sentiment which it could have been, it is very grown up and I think if I had teenage daughters in particular it would show you how difficult love can be but how also wonderfully simple at the same time.

Well worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good book
This is a really good book and is suitable for any kind of person ;)
I would recommend to anyone :)
Published 1 month ago by Uma :)
3.0 out of 5 stars A Sweet, Summery Love Story
I devoured and adored Smith's previous release (The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight) at the beginning of 2012 so I was really keen to get my hands on This Is What... Read more
Published 2 months ago by S
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!
I love the plot if this story and how it reminds me of a fairy tale,or most teenage girls fantasies!! I would definitely recommend this book!!
Published 3 months ago by Anna C. Knight
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
poorly developed characters, especially the hero, and a trivial storyline, even the author seemed to have lost interest half way through. I deleted it with out a second thought.
Published 5 months ago by Constant reader
3.0 out of 5 stars A lovely beginning
The book starts off very well, it kept me reading. The story it self is sweet and cute and I did like it very much. Read more
Published 5 months ago by NAMTARNNAMTAL
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
A lovely but quick and easy read. Really enjoyed it and I do recommended it if you love modern love stories.
Published 6 months ago by Galvin
5.0 out of 5 stars This is bound to cheer you up!
This really was what happy looks like! What a beautiful story and definitely a teenage girls dream and I would say even a woman's dream. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Laura's little book blog
4.0 out of 5 stars This is What Happy Looks Like - Jennifer E. Smith
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When I heard that This is What Happy Looks Like was about to be released in Paperback (October 24th), I jumped at the chance to get... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Miss Inga Page
2.0 out of 5 stars Shallow, cute, disagreeable.
As a true hopeless romantic, the "normal girl meets and falls in love with a famous boy" story makes my heart flutter. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Debby (Snuggly Oranges)
5.0 out of 5 stars looking for a book for summer? you just found one!
This book had to be the sweetest thing i have ever read. As always its another romance, and like practically every other teen read out there, its "falling in love with someone... Read more
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