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Review: This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Graham is a movie star, Ellie lives in a small town in Maine. Their lives probably couldn't be more different, but somehow they find each other when an email gets sent to the wrong address.

This book really delivers on its title. This is a very happy book. It has its ups and downs, as all decent teen romances do, but for the most part this is a book about two teenagers looking for happiness and finding it in each other.

Ellie moved to Maine with her mom when she was four. They have a secret they've been trying to keep hidden for the past 12 or 13 years and have been doing a good job.Graham had a normal enough childhood, but ending up falling into a career in acting. You get the impression that he's surprised every day when he wakes up famous.

Their email exchanges make the story move quickly and the bulk of the novel takes place over the span of about four weeks. It's a great summer book, but curling up with it on a chilly afternoon wasn't a bad idea either.

I would highly recommend this story to anyone in 8th grade and up.

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