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This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
If fate sent you an email, would you answer?
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?
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
If this is what happy looks like, give me some more! It does not disappoint, nor does not mislead... and it's an excellent pick for a fluff break between all those emotionally weighed reads i've been reading of late.
Not to say that there wasn't some heft here because there was: her and her secrets, then him in the public eye, but it's the light witty exchanges between them that first reeled me in. So, focus on their internet exchanges and I was tickled pink. And were I to piece this apart and say what worked and what didn't, high on my list would by her as EN and him as GDL... it was the best part of the book is all.
The hefty bits that complicated matters was a surprise too. Mainly because I found myself believing what they were both feeling. Him especially, it's not quite poor little super star but almost. And her with her more complicated life (if that's possible, considering Grahams super teen heart throb and all!)
Maybe I'd have thought the combination of their woes over the top... except I didn't! Why? God knows.. but him and his 'look at where i am now' that was not once came across as gloaty but more bemused even surprised had me liking him. Then her with her needing to do things a certain way and failing to acknowledge certain other things; well, both of them worked for me.
And for clarity: Yes, this does have the same feel as YGM and Sleepless.. and I liked it
blurb saying "in the tradition of you've got mail and sleepless in seattle..."
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