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This Is What Happy Looks Like

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ISBN13: 9780316212823
ISBN10: 0316212822
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Fate brought them together. Will life tear them apart? 

Devorah is a consummate good girl who has never challenged the ways of her strict Hasidic upbringing. 

Jaxon is a fun-loving, book-smart nerd who has never been comfortable around girls (unless you count his four younger sisters). 

They've spent their entire lives in Brooklyn, on opposite sides of the same street. Their paths never crossed . . . until one day, they did. 

When a hurricane strikes the Northeast, the pair becomes stranded in an elevator together, where fate leaves them no choice but to make an otherwise risky connection. 

Though their relation is strictly forbidden, Devorah and Jax arrange secret meetings and risk everything to be together. But how far can they go? Just how much are they willing to give up? 

In the timeless tradition of West Side Story and Crossing Delancey, this thoroughly modern take on romance will inspire laughter, tears, and the belief that love can happen when and where you least expect it. 

 

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"Like Smith's The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (2012), this sweet novel has a premise worthy of the movies. When a lonely teenage Hollywood heartthrob accidentally e-mails a 16-year-old girl in smalltown Maine, there is an immediate spark. Graham arranges to shoot his new movie in Ellie's seaside town, surprising her with his true identity and leaving levelheaded Ellie feeling 'wildly unbalanced.' This is partly due to Graham's fame, but also because she fears the spotlight would expose a family secret. The cute, brief e-mails between Ellie and Graham showcase the rapid but authentic connection between them (putting aside that they would be far more likely to text each other in this situation). Because the book is told from both characters' perspectives, readers will understand their vulnerabilities as they try to take their relationship into the real world. Ellie's family secret may not seem severe enough for the consternation it creates, and readers may be exasperated by the dramas that keep the couple apart. However, the charming leads, smalltown backdrop, and absurdly romantic conceit will win hearts. Ages 15 — up. Agent: Jennifer Joel, ICM." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Una LaMarche is a writer and journalist whose work appears regularly in the New York Observer and on the Huffington Post. She is the author of Five Summers, a young adult novel, and a forthcoming collection of humorous essays based on some of her more questionable life choices. Una lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son. Find out more at unalamarche.com or follow her on Twitter @sassycurmudgeon

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Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com, April 11, 2013 (view all comments by Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com)
What Graham believes is a simple email to his pet sitter is actually the beginning of a relationship with Ellie, who gets it by mistake. The teens live on opposite sides of the country, he’s in California she’s in Maine, and they believe they will never meet. But Graham happens to be a popular teen movie star, and when he chooses Ellie’s small town in Maine as the location for his next film, the two finally come face to face. The trouble is, photographers are always following Graham, capturing every person he’s interested in. And Ellie has a reason not to be in the limelight.

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith takes a familiar storyline, celebrity meets regular person who they can really be themselves with, and turns it into something fresh, interesting and fun to read. Graham’s rise to stardom is recent, and he finds that living the celebrity life can be lonely. Ellie lives alone with her mother in the small town they fled to when a scandal drove them away form her father. When they meet, they feel as though they know each other well, yet, they also feel like strangers.

There aren’t a lot of surprises as their relationship unfolds, and they hit a few rough spots along the way, but its fun to go on the journey with them. Mother-daughter book clubs with girls aged 14 and up who choose This is What Happy Looks Like will find several issues to talk about: online safety, keeping secrets, relationships between parents and children, and more.

The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316212823
Author:
Smith, Jennifer E.
Publisher:
Poppy Books
Author:
LaMarche, Una
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Love & Romance
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20130431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 352 pages Poppy Books - English 9780316212823 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Like Smith's The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (2012), this sweet novel has a premise worthy of the movies. When a lonely teenage Hollywood heartthrob accidentally e-mails a 16-year-old girl in smalltown Maine, there is an immediate spark. Graham arranges to shoot his new movie in Ellie's seaside town, surprising her with his true identity and leaving levelheaded Ellie feeling 'wildly unbalanced.' This is partly due to Graham's fame, but also because she fears the spotlight would expose a family secret. The cute, brief e-mails between Ellie and Graham showcase the rapid but authentic connection between them (putting aside that they would be far more likely to text each other in this situation). Because the book is told from both characters' perspectives, readers will understand their vulnerabilities as they try to take their relationship into the real world. Ellie's family secret may not seem severe enough for the consternation it creates, and readers may be exasperated by the dramas that keep the couple apart. However, the charming leads, smalltown backdrop, and absurdly romantic conceit will win hearts. Ages 15 — up. Agent: Jennifer Joel, ICM." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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