Book Review: This Is What Happy Looks Like, Jennifer E. Smith

Ellie’s small town life is boring. She works in an ice-cream shop with her best friend, and helps her mum out in her souvenir shop. And then one day an email appears in her inbox and even though it’s not meant for her, it has to be fate, right? And soon she’s emailing the mysterious G every day, and everything just seems so right.

And then a movie set moves into town with teen heart-throb Graham Larkin in tow and really, Ellie just wants to keep her quiet life, but maybe Graham’s arrival isn’t really a coincidence.

Graham just wants to be seen as a regular guy, but with the pressures of the movie, his manager, and the world who want to see him with his co-star, can he convince Ellie that Graham Larkin and G are the same person? And will Ellie be able to escape the secrets of her past in order to find true happiness? And really, what is a whoopie pie?


In this heartwarming tale of teen love, overcoming obstacles, and discovering yourself, Jennifer E. Smith navigates the teenage soul in a beautiful way. Through a mix of emails and traditional narration, This Is What Happy Looks Like will keep you hooked until the last page.

Much like her previous novel, The Statistical Probability Of Love At First Sight, you may find certain parts of this one cliched or predictable, but it’s contemporary YA fiction in all it’s “I wish this were real life” glory, and who doesn’t love a little love-story escape every now and again?

This Is What Happy Looks Like is out now in Australia

Rating: 4/5
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Pages: 404
RRP: $19.99

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