Wednesday, August 29, 2012



"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's WoW selection is...



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Title:  This Is What Happy Looks Like
Author:  Jennifer E. Smith
Series:  n/a
Publisher:  Poppy
Publication Date:  April 2, 2013

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'm waiting:  That cover is adorable!  Okay, that's not the reason, but I had to get that off my chest first.  I'll admit it, I have both The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and The Storm Makers sitting on my shelf...unread.  But I WANT to read them.  And I have faith that once I finally make time for them in my reading schedule, I will adore them as much as the cover of This Is What Happy Looks Like.  I mean, everyone -- and I do mean everyone -- I know who has read TSPoLaFS has loved it.  That many people can't be wrong.

And this book sounds full of win.  Sounds like Mom is keeping a big secret, possibly about Ellie's paternity?  Plus, the main characters bond over a pet pig?  That's got cute written all over it!  Also, I love when two people from completely different worlds fall for each other and hijinks ensue because they are SO different. 

Yeah, April can't come soon enough.  I'm pretty sure I can at least have TSPoLaFS read by then, though.  =)

36 comments:

  1. Yes I featured this one the other week. The cover is adorable and Statistical Probability was amazing! PLUS I was always wanted a pet pig! And I love books about internet relationships and famous people. It's just full of awesomeness.
    My WOW

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    1. So full of the awesomeness! :) We had a couple of goats growing up that I bottle-fed from babies. They're cute when they're little, but then they grow up and they're NOT so cute...and they're smelly! :P (Disclaimer: I lived in the country. :D)

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  2. Whoa...back up, Jen. You haven't read Statistical Probability? You must read it ASAP. I demand it, as your friend. ;-)
    I actually have this book scheduled for my WoW pick in a few weeks. I think we'll be seeing it around a lot!

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    1. I know, I know. It's because of April that I even bought the book, and I had every intention of reading it as soon as it arrived on my doorstep, but life has a way of getting in the way, ya know? :)

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  3. I am keen to read this one as well! a great pick.

    My WoW

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  4. I hate admitting it but this book sounds really cute,very Disney movie of the week but still cute.

    My WoW

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    1. I know, right? I'm really starting to enjoy the cutesie stories, though. And it totally reminds me of a made-for-TV Disney movie I saw a little while back, but I won't admit what it was called. :P

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  5. This one sounds just as fun to read as Statistical Probability! Love the cover, too!

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  6. This Book Is What Fantastic Looks Like

    Get it, get it?? No? Okay. I'm not very good at jokes anyway.

    Anywhooo, this book does look amazing. CAN'T WAIT!!

    My WoW

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    1. Hehe...silly Emily! It does look amazing, right? And I love that the cover corresponds with Statistical's. Can't wait to see both of them on my shelf!

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  7. I saw this one last week, and thought it was just right for me! Can't wait! :)

    Here's my WOW.

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    1. I discovered it a couple of weeks ago on someone else's WoW post and I couldn't contain my excitement any longer!

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  8. Like you, I have yet to read Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight! But this one looks great as well =D

    Here's my WoW!

    Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile

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  9. Big fan of Jennifer E. Smith. I've read most of her books. And so I agree -- can't wait for this one.

    Thanks so much for stopping by!


    Come check out my WoW pick!

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    1. I haven't read any, but I'm going to make time for Statistical really soon. =D

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  10. Great pick. I would like to read this one when it comes out.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever
    http://booksliveforever.com/?p=3556

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  11. Cute cover! This is not my typical read, but it does sound cute!
    Thanks for sharing, Jen!
    My WoW

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    1. Well, I hope you'll give it a try! Thx for stopping by!

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  12. i have not read her debut yet but this sounds cute

    tnx 4 sharing

    my wow

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    1. I haven't read anything by her either, but I've heard GREAT things!

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  13. I've seen this one on so many WoW posts today! I'm really excited for this one too. I have read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and it was fantastic! Hope you like it too when you get around to reading it.

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    1. I'm sure I will! And we're all just so excited!!!! :D

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  14. Great pick! I can’t wait to read this either!
    Here is My WOW

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    1. Yay...seems like everyone's excited about this one!!! :D

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  15. I can't wait to read this one! It sounds sooooo good! And I'm a sucker for books like this...LOL ;p Great pick! :D

    My WoW post! 


    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

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    1. I've only recently started reading contemps with any consistency, but it's because of books like this that I have. :)

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  16. I can't wait for this one either. I fell head over heels with The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight on the 2nd page. I have no doubt This is What Happy Looks Like will be fabulous! And that cover is one of my favorites of recent months. Maybe more. It cannot get here fast enough.
    Quick question: I saw The Storm Makers on my libraries catalog, but had no idea that it was by Jennifer E. Smith. I know it is Middle Grade (I don't know, but I think it is). Did you enjoy it? I know I am 30, but dangit, I like MG's and YA's.

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    1. *hangs head* I actually haven't read anything by Jennifer E. Smith yet, but I did have a real teen read and review The Storm Makers for me, and she really enjoyed it: The Storm Makers review.

      And don't feel bad...I'm 30, too, but I prefer mostly YA and MG novels these days. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy some adult books every now and then, too, but there's just something about the innocence of youth that makes books aimed at that audience more fun. :D

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