Waiting on Wednesday: This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Posted November 7, 2012 by Jenna in Waiting on Wednesday / 4 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme by Jill from Breaking the Spine, featuring books that we are excited upon. 

It’s the first Wednesday of November! Which means this is my first WoW this month. Last month (October), my WoW mostly featured books that will end trilogy series I’ve been reading for the past years. This month, I decided to go on a Contemporary YA theme since I’ve been reading lots of them lately.

Today, I’m waiting on..This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith. The first book I’ve read from Jennifer Smith is “The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight”..and never forgetting a title of a novel is the first sign that that novel is particularly special and noteworthy. It was to me. The story was simple really, in a 24-hr period setting. But it was the characters and how the circumstances between them played that made reading it worthwhile and memorable. So, it’s not a mystery why I want to read this next novel from Jennifer E. Smith. 🙂

Here’s a blurb:

Title: This Is What Happy Looks Like
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Poppy (Hachette)
Publishing Date: April 2, 2013

If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

In This is What Happy Looks Like, Jennifer E. Smith’s new YA novel, perfect strangers Graham Larkin and Ellie O’Neill meet—albeit virtually—when Graham accidentally sends Ellie an email about his pet pig, Wilbur. In the tradition of romantic movies like “You’ve Got Mail” and “Sleepless in Seattle,” the two 17-year-olds strike up an email relationship, even though they live on opposite sides of the country and don’t even know each other’s first names.

Through a series of funny and poignant messages, Graham and Ellie make a true connection, sharing intimate details about their lives, hopes and fears. But they don’t tell each other everything; Graham doesn’t know the major secret hidden in Ellie’s family tree, and Ellie is innocently unaware that Graham is actually a world-famous teen actor living in Los Angeles.

When the location for the shoot of Graham’s new film falls through, he sees an opportunity to take their relationship from online to in-person, managing to get the production relocated to picturesque Henley, Maine, where Ellie lives. But can a star as famous as Graham have a real relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie’s mom want her to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs.

Just as they did in The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, the hands of fate intervene in wondrous ways in this YA novel that delivers on high concept romance in lush and thoughtful prose.

That summary just made me want to read it now! ARCs anyone? 🙂 Come on! You’ve Got Mail plus Sleepless in Seattle? I hope it’ll be as good as it sounds right now. Plus, the summary set their bars too high comparing it to two great romcoms in the 90’s. I’ve got my eyes set on this one. 

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4 responses to “Waiting on Wednesday: This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

  1. I really liked The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and this one sounds even more intriguing. I’ll definitely add it to my list. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

    If you get a chance, visit my WoW.

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