Release Date: April 2, 2013
Review Source: Netgalley
Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
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?
This book fell a bit flat for me, I think because I really expected it to be hugely focused on the romance. ‘This is What Happy Looks Like’ is a cute book overall, but it definitely felt more lower YA to me (which isn't a bad thing, but it wasn't what I expected).
I loved the beginning of the book with the first emails between Graham and Ellie. This was the highlight of the book, for me, actually. I wish there had been more build up of their communication and how they fell for each other through their words. Graham and Ellie are cute main characters who should have induced swoons when they were together, but none of it really reached me emotionally.
Once again (like in Statistical Probability), this book deals with more than just romance. Normally I appreciate contemps that are well-rounded, but here I didn’t care at all for Ellie’s friend, Quinn, or for Ellie’s mother. Their characters were over the top and judgmental, which made me dislike any of the parts about these relationships.
Unfortunately I never really related to this book on any deeper level, but it was still a quick read that’s worth picking up if you’re in the mood for something fluffier.
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