A curl-your-toes, swoon-worthy romance awaits readers within the pages of Jennifer E. Smith’s latest YA novel, This is What Happy Looks Like. And while the characters of the novel may debate what happy is to them, I’d say this book is exactly what happy looks like.
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?
This is What Happy Looks Like takes the kind of premise we’ve all fantasized about at some point (small town nobody meets celebrity star and romance blossoms) — but it’s told in a way that is believable, realistic, and utterly dreamy. It’s a fantasy romance grounded in reality.
A breezy tale that’s easy to read (that is, devour), This is What Happy Looks Like is the perfect book to read when you just want to feel good inside. It’s packed full of the warm fuzzies, without being saccharine or predictable. The characters face real challenges, and each twist of the story is a hurdle, and never once feels contrived. Smith masterfully weaves a fantasy romance that readers will believe, and root for, and dream about long after the last page.
This is What Happy Looks Like is in stores tomorrow.