Title: This is What Happy Looks Like
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pub Date: 04/02/13
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: Jennifer E. Smith did an excellent job of unraveling Ellie's past throughout the book and making her a likable character. The author's writing flowed well and kept the reader interested, and the dialogue between Ellie and Graham was witty enough to be enjoyable, but could still have been given a little more attention from the author to make their instant romance more believable. The quickness of their connection put me off a little and I couldn't really see what made them click. The romance was cute and the characters well created, but I wish they had spent more time getting to know each other (not including the emails) before getting together.
Memorable or Forgettable: This book falls somewhere between memorable and forgettable. It isn't the type of book that automatically rockets up your list of favorites, but it is definitely one I would pick off the shelf on a summer day for a quick and satisfying reread. I enjoyed the characters, all of whom were relatable enough, but the predictable plot line and the cliché final package of it all makes this book more regular than outstanding.
Cover: The cover definitely intrigued me with its cute photo, appropriate use of typography, and colors.
Age Range: 14 through 17
Quality: 3Q Readable
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
Annotation: In a summery chick-flick read, everyday girl Ellie O'Neill's life collides with teen heartthrob Graham Larkin's via email. When his next movie is shot in her town, a surprising and secret romance ensues.
tags: romance / BFYA nominee / ya lit