Welcome to our September 2016 BookClub Discussion of This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith. Below the following discussion includes
-Maggie @ Massachusetts Novel
-Emily @ EmiesNook
-Jess @ StarsWhoListen
September 2016: This is what Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
I WOULD LIKE TO WRITE IN PURPLE THANKS – feyre/mor/jess
LMAO ok I’ll write in green I guess
1. What was your favorite thing about the book?
Lobster rolls. This book just really made me want a lobster roll, and now I have a solid place to go get a lobster rolls in Boston. So like, really great things came out of this.
Which made me sad. All I wanted after that was a to fly home to MA and get a lobster roll.
I don’t like lobster. Whoops.
Clams are where it’s at.
I mean I also love clams. There’s no such thing as bad seafood. Moving on: I liked how they meet, but then everything in the middle was kinda eh.
Yeah I agree, I was pissed for every moment they weren’t talking. Lol.
Ya that section was too long and then at the end it’s too short.
My favorite part was the love story/drama. I absolutely love a good dramatic romance.
It was a little cliche but it was cute. I needed it after the devastation of Empire of Storms.
2. What was your least favorite thing about this book?
My least favorite thing in the book was the unconvincing ending–didn’t like that it was so open, although there is a novella to read!
Yes but after reading the summary for the novella it sounds like the entire book all over again. They’re not talking and then they try to make it work which is upsetting.
Quinn pissed me off. She was a horrible best friend.
She was. Petty bitch.
I just don’t understand how you don’t talk to your beeeest friend for three weeks because she didn’t tell you that you were emailing a boy. SO WHAT. BE EXCITED FOR YOUR BEST FRIEND. (lmao “petty bitch”).
But I’d say my least favorite part was the ending. Same as Emily. Just not satisfying enough.
3. Favorite character
BAGEL. The Beagle. Literally. Spirit animal.
You’re welcome for this everyone.
I liked Graham because he kind of showed a more sensitive side to movie stars. Everyone wonders what it’s like being a child star, and his explanation of his rise to fame was cool.
He was my favorite *human* character. He was relatable (I mean, I’m not a movie star, but he was kind of more realistic than a normal movie star).
Ya between Ellie and Graham, he was better. He also tried so much harder to make their relationship work. And when he punched that guy it was awesome. I take it back my favorite part was when he punches the photographer. Made me smile. I do love a man willing to defend his lady.
That was a great part. I know you like your injury hurt/comfort tropes 🙂
You’re both insane.
Always (agreeing with Jess not emily)
4. What do you rate it?
I think I rated it 4 stars? It was cute and a fast read but like, not obsession worthy, obviously.
I gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars. 3 is good for me so it was better than good but not great, which would’ve gotten it 4 stars.
I rated it a 4 out of 5 because I found it enjoyable, but not life changing (I’m also a more lenient rater than Maggie though).
5. What did you think of the plot?
Generic but cute. Not the best cute romance I’ve ever read, but far from the worse.
I agree, it was very predictable but I liked how they added a few plot twists (like Ellie being the Senator’s illegitimate daughter and Graham’s issues with his family).
The plot twists were a nice add in. Gave the book a little bit of excitement. I appreciated that they didn’t make the thing with her dad a big happy ending though. It would’ve been unrealistic.
I agree with the generic statement. It was a cute contemporary read, but as I said earlier nothing life changing about it.
6. Final thoughts?
Cute book, a good way to start our book club. Great for me to read between classes and during dinner #lawschoolproblems.
Ya plus it was cheap. I mean let’s be honest we bought it for you because we could afford it.
Oh, I feel so special.
To be honest, I read it a while ago and just brushed up on it for this month’s club. Didn’t really feel the need to reread it.
Glad you didn’t recommend a total flop.
Same same but same.
I would just like to tell everyone that the three of us sat at the same table and typed all of this without having an actual real life discussion because we suck.
That would require social skills that SOME of us just don’t have *cough cough Emily cough*
I came to Delaware from Boston from this (no regrets).
Are we still typing?
Feel free to join the discussion! Answer any of the questions from above or just tell us about your thoughts on this book! And don’t forget to join us for Three Dark Crowns in October!
Thanks for Reading!