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This Is What Happy Looks Like

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10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

I went into this book expecting a lot. The preview of it was fun

I went into this book expecting a lot. The preview of it was funny, cute, and all around witty, but I didn't feel much excitement while I was reading it. 
The first couple of chapters offer a bit of suspense, but the rest was just words for me. I felt like the author ha...
I went into this book expecting a lot. The preview of it was funny, cute, and all around witty, but I didn't feel much excitement while I was reading it. 
The first couple of chapters offer a bit of suspense, but the rest was just words for me. I felt like the author had a good plot written out, but didn't deliver it as she should have. And I think the reason for that was the characters.
 In the beginning all of the characters looked promising, but by the end I was just really annoyed and frustrated. The protagonist, Ellie, was written well, but the fact that she let people walk all over her took away from her character. I understand that she's supposed to be the typical nice girl, but the fact that  she lets her supposed "best friend" Quinn treat her like crap through out most of the book and then forgives her without a second thought really bugged me. 
She also lets her mother dictate her life and lets her selfish reasons get in the way of her happiness. By the end, I could some what understand the mothers point of view, but she mostly just came off as self-absorbed and as someone who only cared about her image instead of her daughters feelings. The only character I truly liked was Grahm, Ellie's significant other. He was cute and charming and the author wrote his backstory well and was able to go really in depth with his character.




I just wish I would have gotten a couple more out of this, maybe a couple tears or a couple laughs. The beginning was promising, but now that I'm done with the book I'm not sure if it was worth the $10.
Overall, it was very cute, easy and quick read. 

posted by Mirn123 on April 4, 2013

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6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

This is What Happy Looks Like was surprising, to me. I read a re

This is What Happy Looks Like was surprising, to me. I read a review yesterday by Jen YA Romantics, that described it as a mix of You've Got Mail, Notting Hill, and What a Girl Wants. That's about as accurate of a description as I could ever hope to come up with.

What...
This is What Happy Looks Like was surprising, to me. I read a review yesterday by Jen YA Romantics, that described it as a mix of You've Got Mail, Notting Hill, and What a Girl Wants. That's about as accurate of a description as I could ever hope to come up with.

What was surprising for me about This is What Happy Looks Like is that it was, hmm... underwhelming. Don't get me wrong, it was sweet, and charming. I liked the characters, but there was not a lot to keep me hooked. In fact, I put this down for three days because I got swept away in another series that was full of fun and passion and angst, highs and lows. And in comparison, this was just nice.

Smith is obviously an extremely talented author. I absolutely adored The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. I raved about it to all my friends for months, and credit it with making me love a boy named Oliver. Maybe that has caused me to judge this book a little too much. And though I liked Ellie and Graham, their portrayals were just sort of flat. I understood were they were coming from with their feelings and questions about their lives, but they didn't feel fully developed. I almost felt a true attachment to them and their story at certain points, the epic was just within reach, but then the story would move along and the feeling went away. Also, I would have like a least a smidge more resolution in the ending.

This Is What Happy Looks Like was a good, if underwhelming, story. I did like it, but will also say that I never fell in love with it. And I wouldn't discourage anyone from reading it, but I would also say to maybe be prepared to not be swept away.

posted by Andreat78 on April 4, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    Hullo

    The book is really good in the beggining, but becomes boring in the end. The book wasn't exactly wirth the 9 dollars, more like 7 or 6 dollars.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    Disappointing

    After reading and loving Smith's novel, "The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight," I had high expectations for this book. However, a hundred pages in I was disappointed with the execution, the predictable "twist", and the girl's character. While the idea of the book was slightly cliche, it had a lot of potential. But I found her approach to it lacking. I loved the initial emails between the characters. The emails were my favorite part of the novel. But I felt like because the book started months after the initial emailing, we missed a lot of their growing into their feelings for each other. I also wanted more of a lead in into their first meeting up. It seemed forced and very anticlimactic. The kicker of Ellie's back story unfortunately didn't engage me. I wonder if maybe that was due to my resentment of her seemingly way over cautious mother, the unrelatibility,or the fact that I felt no need to get to know the corrupted, unfaithful politician father, but I wanted to skip other it. While I loved the male narrator , her character was another disappointment. I did not feel convinced in her feelings for the male character, and got irritated by her fickle behavior. Overall, I much preferred Smith's other, more realistic novel "The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight".

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    Book

    It's ok not great, quick read, didn't like the ending but it's ok

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2013

    this is NOT what happy looks like

    You never get to see the two characters fall in love. They supposedly fall in love through email but the author skips to their first meeting. Thus all of their anxiety and anticipation is largely undeserved. The two main characters get to see each other a couple of times but most of the book consists of the couple avoiding each other. They rarely get to be together and spend most of the book fretting over family and their other dramas. Also, these dramas all turn out to be minor. The characters are never tested in any real way. This book was disappointing.

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    Posted April 2, 2013

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