Smith, Jennifer E. This is What Happy Looks Like, 404 pgs. Little, Brown and Company, 2013. $17.99 Content: Language: PG (4 swears; 4 God); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG.
Ellie receives an e-mail in error from a boy who lives across the country. All she knows is his e-mail address and his initials: G.L. They spark up an online conversation for three months, were both Ellie and G.L. become great friends. Come summer, Ellie’s hometown becomes invaded by a filming crew because they are filming a movie starring the teen heartthrob Graham Larkin. Little does Ellie know, but G.L. is the famous actor, Graham Larkin and he has convinced the movie producers to shoot the new film in Ellie’s town because he wants to get to know the girl he’s fallen in love with from the e-mails. Ellie is in for a surprise and can both of them learn to care for each other now that they know each other in real life.
This is a sweet teen romance with good characters and great dialogue. I read the whole book in one day because I wanted to know what would happen. This book is PG through and through which makes it great for middle school, but the age of the characters makes it work for a high school too. Fun, light summer read.
MS, HS-ADVISABLE. Reviewer, C. Peterson.