Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine. It features our most anticipated books. This week, my pick is This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith.
"If fate sent you an email, would you answer?
In This is What Happy Looks Like, Jennifer E. Smith's new YA novel, perfect strangers 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, even though they live on opposite sides of the country and don't even know each other's first names.
Through a series of funny and poignant messages, Graham and Ellie make a true connection, sharing intimate details about their lives, hopes and fears. But they don't tell each other everything; 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.
When the location for the shoot of Graham's new film falls through, he sees an opportunity to take their relationship from online to in-person, managing to get the production relocated to picturesque Henley, Maine, where Ellie lives. But can a star as famous as Graham have a real 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 YA novel that delivers on high concept romance in lush and thoughtful prose."
Why I Can't Wait: I cannot tell you how much I adored THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT, so needless to say, I'm very much looking forward to Smith's next book. THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE sounds too cute for words. I love that it has a You've Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle feel to it. Oh, how I cannot flipping wait!
Expected publication: April 2nd 2013 by Poppy