Friday, April 19, 2013

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

It’s not safe to interact with people that you don’t know online. Ellie knows that, but when she gets an email from someone she doesn’t know asking if they can “walk Wilbur,” she can’t leave some poor dog owner thinking that their pet is going to get walked. So, she writes back; she’s a dog owner herself, it’s the right thing to do.

But it turns out that there isn’t a dog at all, Wilbur is actually a pig. It’s too good a conversation starter to resist. Before she knows it, Ellie is corresponding with someone she knows only by email address. Someone who, at least as far as she knows, is a 17 year old guy in California; which is a heck of a long way from her small town in Maine.

But that 17 year old guy and pig owner is actually one Ryan Larkin, a movie star with a rabid fan base and a 24/7 paparazzi tail. For him, these e-mail exchanges are something he is never allowed these days, the chance to be a normal guy and not someone on the cover of a magazine. When the beach romance he’s shooting is looking at rocky Maine locations, he can’t miss out on the chance to push the crew to choose one small town where he knows exactly one person.

But what’s simple in an email is anything but in person. How can he ask any girl, especially this girl who he already cares about to step into the media’s glare? Will Ellie be able to even see that he’s the same guy she knows once she finds out who he really is?

Jennifer E. Smith has already written the very romantic The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight , which was one of our favorites last year as well as You are Here, so I was eagerly awaiting her newest book and I was not disappointed one bit. This is a fun concept to begin with and setting it in a Maine beach sets the perfect summer tone. But, the best part is the chemistry between Ellie and Ryan. Who wouldn’t want fate to step in and introduce a movie star to a smart girl from the middle of nowhere? The chapters that are written entirely in emails are particularly fun. This is kind of the opposite of love at first sight, instead, the relationship is built on words first.

This one is definitely a favorite of the year so far. It’s a contemporary romance with plenty of time spent letting the reader learn about each of the main characters so that you can see exactly why the other person might find them worth while. The flowers are out, the weather is warming up and it is the perfect time to get your hands on this book and find out just exactly what Happy Looks Like.

See Also

The Story of Us by Deb Caletti

New Release: Jenna & Jonah’s Fauxmance

Up and Coming: UnBreak My Heart by Melissa Walker

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

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