Book Review: This is what Happy Looks Like

This is What Happy Looks LikeThis is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E Smith

The blurb: If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

It’s June – seventeen-year-old Ellie O’Neill’s least favourite time of year. Her tiny hometown is annually invaded by tourists, and this year there’s the added inconvenience of a film crew. Even the arrival of Hollywood heartthrob Graham Larkin can’t lift her mood.

But there is something making Ellie very happy. Ever since an email was accidentally sent to her a few months ago, she’s been corresponding with a mysterious stranger, the two of them sharing their hopes and fears. Their developing relationship is not without its secrets though – there’s the truth about Ellie’s past… and her pen pal’s real identity. When they finally meet in person, things are destined to get much more complicated. Can two people, worlds apart but brought together by chance, make it against all the odds?

Spanning one fateful summer, Jennifer E. Smith’s new novel proves that life – and love – are full of unexpected connections and happy mistakes.

My review: What a charming and lovely book. This is a book I wish I could go back to and read again, wiping my memory so I could enjoy it fresh from the beginning. Let’s be honest, who in the early years of their life didn’t dream of exactly this situation. A hollywood actor (or musician I’m not fussy) turns up in your small town, all aloof and mysterious but glamorous and popular, yet he’s secretly lonely and the one person who happens to be perfect for him is you! It’s got teen movie written all over it!

This could be cheesy and a massive cliché but Smith pulls it off with aplomb and your left at the end with a massive smile on your face, happy that all is right with the world.

The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight, Jennifer’s earlier novel was one of my favourite reads of 2012 so I had high hopes for what happy looks like and I wasn’t disappointed. Highly recommended, get this book and be happy!

9 out of 10 stars! *********
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