YA Romance books could be considered one of my favorite things in the world. I read them, I absorb them, I cry over them, and then I move to the next one. And repeat. The most recent YA Romance book in my never ending cycle happened to be This is What Happy Looks Like, by Jennifer E. Smith.
At first, I wasn’t there for this book. The description seemed promising, but as I read the first few chapters it didn’t seem like it would live up to my hopes. The characters, Graham and Ellie, meet after an accidental email, and continue to email each other. The description calls the following correspondence “witty and unforgettable”. That may be true for the characters, but not for any reader. They hype up the emails and the fact that they don’t know each other – but that part is quickly resolved. They sort of skip over it all, doing a time jump when the first actual scene happens. And not long after that first scene happens, do they meet and find out who each other are.
But despite the initial fast paced events, I continued to read and I liked it. As a romantic and entertaining novel it didn’t have to work that hard to keep my attention. One disappointment I do have though is the lack of Quinn, Ellie’s best friend. Despite this being a romance book, I expected more than a brush over of Quinn and Ellie’s relationship. It was made up for though, with development in family themes. In short, if you’re looking for a cheesy YA romance book, this one’s for you.