One email. One pet pig. One small town girl. One celebrity.. Equals one happy and dreamy love story.
Once I started reading the first few pages of This is What Happy Looks Like, I just can’t seem to stop. There is definitely something special with Smith’s writing because readers will surely be engaged while turning the pages. I cannot imagine exchanging emails with someone I don’t know anything about, but in the case of Ellie and Graham, they totally made it into something that’s effortlessly sweet. Of course they still had some boundaries, no personal questions and no specifics, but their conversations were touching and inspiring. I thought that reading their exchange was going to be weird and awkward but boy, I was wrong.
I know that the probability of this happening in real life is zero, but then, I can’t help but fall in love with what Smith has written. We have two main characters, Ellie and Graham, who are both equally adorable in their own little ways. Graham is an overnight star while Ellie is just a small town girl helping her mom make a living. I love the fact that Graham’s character wasn’t the usual cocky actor type. He genuinely loves what he does but sometimes, he can’t help but feel lonely about it. In the past, he used to have a very open relationship with his friends and family, but because of his busy schedule and of the constant change in locations of his projects, they’ve all grown apart. He used to talk to his parents about everything, but that also changed. Both of them also didn’t like travelling too, so they only had little time to see each other. Plus, there were moments when Graham also felt like he was just being used by other people, because he’s in the limelight and people just wanted to get close to him because of that and for his connections.
As for Ellie, I think that even though she doesn’t live a lavish lifestyle, she’s already very contented with what she has. Plus, I love that she also knows what she wants to do in life and she will do anything to achieve her goals especially when it comes to her future career. I think that it was so cute seeing her and Graham together because who in the world would know that someone as famous as him would go to Maine just to get close to her and know more about her? That is a perfect and classic love story there, people.
I also liked the character of Quinn, because she’s a true friend to Ellie. Even though they had their fights about some things, the moment the one needs the other, they won’t hesitate to help. Now, that is called being mature.
This is What Happy Looks Like is a lighthearted book that will leave readers smiling from the beginning up to the end of the story. Smith has this unbelievable ability to turn a typical love story into something extraordinary. Get ready to be charmed by the adorable Graham Larkin and Wilbur, his pet pig, who started it all. ;)
Have you guys read this book? Tell me what you think in the comments! :)