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This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

This is What Happy Looks Like

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

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This is What Happy Looks Like is a  sugary sweet, light-hearted book. Fun, but predictable with a weak, disappointing ending.

The one redeeming point in the story is the exposure of the paparazzi, who deserve all the bad press they get for their invasion of privacy. Although the producers and buyers of ‘skinner’ (Afrikaans word for gossip) magazines are just as bad – ensuring the paparazzi get paid for their trash.3 Star

Recommended age: 12+

Title: This is What Happy Looks likeThis is What Happy Looks Like
Series: This is What Happy Looks Like #1
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publication Date: 2 April 2013
Publisher: Headline
Source: Library

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If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

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?   — Extract from Goodreads.com


  1. Aww that’s too bad about this one! I’ve had it on my TBR for ages but I’m not a fan of predictable romance books. Maybe I’ll try one of her other ones…

  2. I had similar feelings regarding this book, although I think I may have enjoyed it a bit more. It is indeed very predictable, which is sort of a turn off, but it has a good pace and some interesting subplots. I have enjoyed Jennifer E. Smith books in the past, but never loved them.

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