This is What Happy Looks Like | Jennifer E. Smith | Reviewed by Kath

Friday, 13 December 2013

This Is What Happy Looks Like cover
This is What Happy Looks Like is the story of seventeen year old Ellie O’Neill. Ever since an email was accidently sent to her, she’s been corresponding with a mysterious stranger, the two of them sharing their hopes and fears. Their 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 get much more complicated. Can two people, worlds apart but brought together by chance, make it against the odds?

This is What Happy Looks Like is very simply, a fun read. A book about a cute romance, a small town – it leaves a smile on your face. The plot is semi-unique and the book is full of entertaining characters which make this book intriguing and if you’re looking for a light-hearted read, the one to choose.

I did guess many of the plot twists and turns, but that didn’t make the story any less interesting. I absolutely loved the email exchanges between Ellie and Graham at the beginning at the book, and then at the start of each chapter. They were often sweet and had me smiling to myself. The book is written from alternating POV’s of both characters, which worked well for the story and allowed me to get to know the character and their motivations.


This is What Happy Looks Like is a cute story that managed to come to life on the pages. It’s funny and touching. If you like Jennifer E. Smith’s other books, such as The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight or are a fan of contemporary Young Adult romance than you’ll love this book. 

This post was written by regular reviewer Kath, get to know her here

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