I thought I would enjoy This is What Happy Looks Like a whole lot more than I did. From the summary it sounded super cute and entertaining. Unfortunately I was disappointed.
I found the pace of This is What Happy Looks Like to be very slow. When I wanted to read the story happening ‘now’ the story tended to go back to a memory of the particular character we would be reading. For me this happened too often and I got bored. The memories were meant to let us see more into the characters and to feel for them, perhaps grow attached to them. But instead I found them near useless to the story and found myself wanting to put the book down.
I liked the email layout, I thought it was cute. This is What Happy Looks Like is sweet, but it isn’t as exciting as I thought it would be. Discovering your kind-of-anonymous pen pal happens to be a gorgeous movie star sounds like it would be all kinds of romantic and exciting, but it turned out to be way more complicated than thought. Which makes sense but is still not as fun as I thought.
While I thought this book was sweet and cute in places, it just failed to move me in any way. I didn’t care about the characters as much as I wanted to, I didn’t like how reckless Graham started acting and realised that he worked better without Ellie in his life. She distracted him and I hated that that was the point, he didn’t become better at his job because he met her and he ended up doing some stupid things just so he could hang out with her. It wasn’t very inspiring.
Unfortunately This is What Happy Looks Like wasn’t as enjoyable as I hoped. But if you want a light read then go a head and give it a go!