This Is What Happy Looks Like

This Is What Happy Looks Like

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For fans of John Green. A winning combination of humour, heartbreak and romance make this a must read.

If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

It's June - seventeen-year-old Ellie O'Neill's least favourite time of year. Her tiny hometown is annually invaded by tourists, and this year there's the added inconvenience of a film crew. Even the arrival of Hollywood heartthrob Graham Larkin can't lift her mood.

But there is something making Ellie very happy. Ever since an email was accidentally sent to her a few months ago, she's been corresponding with a mysterious stranger, the two of them sharing their hopes and fears. Their developing 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 are destined to get much more complicated. Can two people, worlds apart but brought together by chance, make it against all the odds?

Spanning one fateful summer, Jennifer E. Smith's new novel proves that life - and love - are full of unexpected connections and happy mistakes.
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Product details

  • 13+
  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 136 x 215 x 31mm | 440g
  • Headline Book Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • None
  • 9780755392308
  • 419,077

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I gulped down this book like a glass of ice-cold water on a scorching hot day. If you don't read this book in one sitting there may well be something wrong with you... An absolute treat! Cat Clarke
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I gulped down this book like a glass of ice-cold water on a scorching hot day. If you don't read this book in one sitting there may well be something wrong with you... An absolute treat! * Cat Clarke * The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a cracking read full of heart and humour. Hadley is a witty and charming protagonist and Smith's fantastic writing makes you believe that first love really can blossom in just 24 hours, even at 40,000 feet * The Bookseller * I absolutely loved The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. I read it in one sitting and when I finally put it down I was beaming and a bit tearful...A sweet, charming, romantic book, it's begging to be turned into a film * Keris Stainton * The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is sweet, tender and uplifting - everything you could want * The Bookette *
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About Jennifer E. Smith

JENNIFER E. SMITH is the author of This Is What Happy Looks Like, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Storm Makers, You Are Here, and The Comeback Season. She earned a master's degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and her work has been translated into twenty-nine languages. Her website is
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49,342 ratings
3.68 out of 5 stars
5 24% (11,805)
4 34% (16,896)
3 30% (14,916)
2 9% (4,422)
1 3% (1,303)

Our customer reviews

When an email from Graham Larkin to a pig walker gets mistakenly sent to sixteen year old Ellie O'Neill, an unlikely friendship blossoms between a teen heart-throb and a small town girl. But when their relationship goes from online to off-screen, things get complicated. The guy that every girl wants falls for a girl who wants nothing to do with the limelight or the paparazzi following that comes with it. Can the easy camaraderie Ellie and Graham once had stand up to the pressures that real life brings? I have to admit I love the famous guy falling for the small town girl storyline. Mix it with elements of mistaken online identity in a "You've Got Mail" twist and you have one of my all time plot lines. I've watched movies based on this. I've read stories basted on this - I've even written my own novella like this. I'm delighted to say that This is What Happy Looks Like is such a worthy addition to the other works in this genre. Ellie and Graham are flawlessly flawed. They are characters who both had to grow up fast due to their circumstances and as a result they both act much older than their years. Seeing them in this summer romance was delightful to see them behave like the teenagers they are. Both have their baggage but neither of them dwell on their situation. Graham wants something to like him for him and not the fame or privileges that go along with the "Graham Larkin Experience". Ellie enjoys the quiet life and doesn't appreciate the media circus that the film crew has brought to her peaceful Maine cottage. I was a little disappointed with the supporting cast of characters - the friends were of the fair-weather variety and the authority figures were somewhat fleeting - but they didn't detract from the romance between Graham and Ellie. This is a very sweet story. Plot wise - there's not too many surprises this is definitely one of those books you read for the journey and not the destination. It loses steam about two-thirds of the way in but manages to pick up the pace for a delightful ending. Overall I'd recommend this book for anyone who likes a light contemporary story about a summer romance where no matter who you are, sometimes the simplest things in life are the ones that make you the more
by Kate @ Fictional Thoughts
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