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Saturday, April 25, 2015

This Is What Happy Looks Like Review


 In This Is What Happy Looks Like, by Jennifer E. Smith, seventeen year old Ellie O'Neill gets more than she bargained for when she falls her Internet friend.  It turns out he is none other than famous teen heartthrob Graham Larkin, and he just happens to be shooting a movie in her home town.  

I was charmed as the two main characters tried to find a balance between their obvious attraction to each other and their need for privacy.   As the paparazzi gets increasingly closer to discovering their romance, can they just be allowed to be normal teens?  

As with the author's other novel, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, the impact of family situations and absent fathers plays a significant role in the book.  And that is what gives these books so much heart.  Everyone longs for the comfort and love of parents.  When we compare our lives to others, we often think one or both parents come up short in a myriad of ways.  It takes maturity to realize what you have is already special.  And that growth is one of the many payoffs in these books.

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