Graham Larkin and Ellie O'Neill meet -- albeit virtually -- when Graham
accidentally sends Ellie an email about his pet pig, Wilbur. In the tradition
of romantic movies like "You've Got Mail" and "Sleepless in Seattle," the two
17-year-olds strike up an email relationship from opposite sides of the country and don't even know each other's first names,
using instead their anonymous email monikers, GDL824@yahoo.com
Through a series of funny and poignant
messages, Graham and Ellie make a true connection. However, revealing only the most
insignificant details about their day-to-day lives, Graham doesn't know the
major secret hidden in Ellie's family tree, and Ellie is innocently unaware
that Graham is actually a world-famous teen actor living in Los Angeles.
Graham finds out that Ellie lives in picturesque Henley, Maine, perfect for the
location of his latest film, he decides to take their relationship from online
to in-person. But, can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship
with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie's mom want her to avoid
the media's spotlight at all costs?
Just as they did in The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight,
the hands of fate intervene in wondrous ways in This is What Happy Looks
Like, a YA novel that delivers on high-concept romance and
starred-review worthy prose.
* "Engaging from the first page."
—VOYA, starred review
"Like Smith's The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (2012), this sweet novel has a premise worthy of the movies... [The] charming leads, smalltown backdrop, and absurdly romantic conceit will win hearts."
Jennifer E. Smith is the author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Storm Makers, You Are Here and The Comeback Season. She earned her master's degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and currently works as an editor in New York City.