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Sweet Summertime Reads: Setting the Scene (Jennifer E. Smith)

Note from Estelle: I am not ashamed to call myself a Jennifer E. Smith cheerleader. Since I read through all of her books last year, Jennifer has easily become one of my go-to authors. This year, she released a sweet story called THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE about every girl’s dream: falling for and […]

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July 9, 2013 - 8:52 pm

Kristilyn (Reading in Winter) - I love this! It’s great to see the setting that’s in a favourite book of mine. 🙂 I loved This is What Happy Looks Like!

July 9, 2013 - 2:29 pm

Tara - I love that Jennifer took pieces of different places to create the setting for Happy. Setting is so important to me when I read a story and I can’t wait to see these places meld together. I still need to read Happy and I think it’s going to have to happen before summer ends!

July 9, 2013 - 1:30 pm

Alexa Y. - I adore this post! I absolutely love Jennifer’s books, at least the ones I’ve read so far (and I think that’s everything except the MG one and Comeback Season). The setting of This is What Happy Looks Like was one of my favorite things about the book, so it’s pretty fascinating to hear the story of how it all came together!

July 9, 2013 - 10:19 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - What a great post! First of all, and most importantly, I didn’t realize that Jennifer E Smith had written more than Happy and Probability!! (Bad me!) BUT hooray for finding new books! So I’ve made some notes and I never would’ve realized probably had I not seen this post so THANK YOU, ladies! Second of all: SETTING. I just love a great setting so much, and I love reading this. Now when I grab This Is What Happy Looks Like, this will resonate with me as I read. So thank you again, ladies! E, you know that I love books set around the water/sea and this sounds like it needs to be moved up on my to-read list. Doggone it, E. You do this to me every time. ALSO You Are Here sounds like it might be an Asheley book??? Thoughts? LOVE THIS POST.

July 9, 2013 - 10:13 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - I’m also a cheerleader for JES. Much like the title of her latest novel, her books make me happy inside. Is this what happy feels like? I think soooooo!

This guest post just makes me want to visit Montauk, find an ice cream shop and taste all the flavors of summer.

July 9, 2013 - 10:05 am

Jamie - I didn’t mention this in my review (and DUH I should have) but the sense of setting in this book was REALLY awesome and having been to Maine one summer I thought she nailed it and it really made me want to go back tbh!

I also loved the part about writing setting because, as you know, I’m starting out on my own little writing journey and that paragraph made a lot of sense to me. Bookmarking it for further use!

July 9, 2013 - 9:16 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Such inspirational words! I’m a huge fan of settings, both in what I read & what I write. I completely agree that it’s best to take pieces from personal places you’ve experienced & piece them together to create something new. It definitely fulfills the story and creates a richer atmosphere.

I still need to read Happy. It’s on my TBR list. I’m thinking this should happen before summer ends. Great post!

July 9, 2013 - 9:08 am

Bookworm1858 - Agree that the setting for HAPPY felt very summery. Though I’ve never visited Maine, it really evoked a strong sense of place for me and made me eager to give it a visit!

Estelle: This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: April 2, 2013 Publisher: Poppy (Hachette Books) Pages: 416 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Summer, fate, celebrities, secrets Format read: ARC paperback from Publisher. (Thank you!) Summary: A wrongly addressed email leads to an unlikely friendship between Graham […]

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July 9, 2013 - 9:01 am

Jennifer E. Smith Writes about Setting the Scene - […] Jennifer has easily become one of my go-to authors. This year, she released a sweet story called THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE about every girl’s dream: falling for and meeting a celebrity. (Even though the main […]

May 15, 2013 - 10:24 am

This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith - […] I did very much enjoy it. I loved Graham and I loved Ellie.  But must like Estelle said in her review, the father plotline got to me.  If iit had EXISTED, fine.  But it consumes a big portion of the […]

April 3, 2013 - 9:01 am

Fiction Review: Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham - […] I found out after I finished that Jennifer E. Smith (This is What Happy Looks Like) was the editor of this book. Really. Can this book get any […]

March 30, 2013 - 1:06 pm

Rather Be Reading: April 2013 Young Adult Book Releases - […] Goodreads | Amazon | Estelle’s Review […]

March 19, 2013 - 9:01 am

What Happy Looks Like: Dream Boyfriends, Estelle - […] I’m celebrating the two-week mark before Jennifer E. Smith’s new book This is What Happy Looks Like comes out! (If you didn’t catch my review from last week, here ya go.) In the book, Ellie and […]

March 17, 2013 - 5:40 pm

Estelle's Shelve It >> March 17, 2013, Estelle - […] A review of The Ruby Oliver Series by E. Lockhart A PMS Survival Kit from Magan A review of This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. […]

March 14, 2013 - 10:42 pm

Tabitha S. - OH. I’ve only read one book by Jennifer E. Smith (statistical probability of love at first sight), and I wasn’t too impressed. I mean, I definitely enjoyed it – it just wasn’t what I expected it to be. This one sounds more… my style? And I’m really hoping to enjoy it!

Great review!

March 13, 2013 - 2:10 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - I was already excited to read this, but now I seriously cannot wait. I loved Statistical Probability and really need to get a hold of her others. Awesome review (as usual), Estelle!

March 13, 2013 - 9:41 am

Renae @ Respiring Thoughts - I really love how the relationships on happenstance and circumstance. It really leaves room for a cute, quirky romance. I haven’t read anything by Smith before (I’m awful, yes), but I do love how, like you said, her romances aren’t just chemistry and sex. There almost always seems to be something more between the love interests, which is wonderful.

March 12, 2013 - 10:23 pm

Lisa the Nerd - I mean really, this is what I hope for in each and every book I read ever: “Great settings, personal challenges, romance, and dimensional family dynamics!”

SCORE.

March 12, 2013 - 8:09 pm

lily - OMG i’m looking forward so much too this one! I love this offer and the one random meeting thing is serouisly cute!

March 12, 2013 - 3:39 pm

Christina (A Reader of Fictions) - “One common thread between Smith’s work, one I believe sets her apart in the young adult genre, is the way she crafts relationships between her characters. They are not solely based on chemistry and attraction, and much of the time, are built upon something so much more: shared interests and bonding over silly yet important details; there is a certain amount of maturity given to these characters and friendship becomes the root of any romance.”

That right there is perfection. This is how I want my YA romances to be. The only one of Smith’s books I’ve read thus far is The Statistical Probability, which did have a great bond between the characters, though I would have appreciated a longer timeline. Sounds like I REALLY need to read some of her other books!

March 12, 2013 - 7:01 am

Lori - You have definitely made me more excited to read this one. It sounds so great!

March 11, 2013 - 11:54 pm

Anna - <3 <3 <3

She really is one of my favorite writers out there.

March 11, 2013 - 10:32 pm

Rachel - Estelle. I love. your. review. I have this on my nook and I’m hoping to get to it soon (I think I say that about everything, though). I actually like that there isn’t the urgency that there is in Statistical because while I absolutely adored it and it was really magical, I like more of the slow burn kind of thing.

March 11, 2013 - 9:48 pm

Amy @ Tripping Over Books - YAY!! I’m so glad you liked this one so much, Estelle. It sounds so stinking adorable, and I can’t wait to read it. I love the fact that there’s a beach town in Maine. I don’t know why I love beach towns in Maine SPECIFICALLY slightly more than I love beach towns in other places, but I do. File that one under “Amy’s million oddities.” But I like the idea of these two people not really knowing each other and yet KNOWING each other at the same time. And ever since I read Stat last year, I’m confident in Jennifer E. Smith’s abilities to make me feel all the feels. Great review!!! 🙂

March 11, 2013 - 9:34 pm

VeganYANerds - Yay, I have been looking forward to this and I’m actually really glad that it’s different to TSPoLaFS because while I thought it was an ok read, I didn’t love it.

Beach side/summer reads are some of my faves and this sounds adorable!

March 11, 2013 - 9:04 pm

Kelly - Why do they always need to complicate things even further with an unnecessary secret? Other than that, this one sounds great! I really love how you compared it to Stat, even though I haven’t read it yet. I think between the two, I’d prefer the “gorgeous, quiet moments that encompass a lot of introspection from both sides” of Happy anyways 🙂

March 11, 2013 - 7:04 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I just finished this one last week. I really liked it. I’ve only read Smith’s Statistical, and of course loved that one, too.

The secret you were talking about. Yeah, I wasn’t a total fan of that secret. I couldn’t help draw comparisons to Ellie dealing with her secret, and Hadley (I think that was her name from Statistical) dealing with what he father did. Neither, in my opinion, had great fathers. Well, Hadley’s was better I guess, but to be completely honest if my father every did any thing like I don’t know if I could have forgiven him. Cheating is NOT OKAY in my opinion.

Anyway, great review. I definitely did like Happy. I loved the Maine setting. It made me want to go back there.

March 11, 2013 - 6:51 pm

Vivian - I loved Stat and really wanna this book too. It’s great that its diff than Stat, yet Jen’s writing shines thru and her characters stand out with their romance and personalities. Great review!

March 11, 2013 - 6:14 pm

Tara - I am so beyond pumped to read this one! I like how you mention it’s NOT TSPOLAFS–I think it’s important to remember that going into TIWHLL.

(how about those massive abbreviations, eh? haha)

March 11, 2013 - 3:04 pm

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - If I wasn’t dying to read this book before, I sure am now! I agree that the author does an outstanding job creating relationships that aren’t just based on physical attraction. I’ve only read THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT but it’s enough to have been coming back and checking out her other books.

So glad you loved it! That must mean it’s amazeballs.

March 11, 2013 - 3:00 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m eagerly anticipating snapping this book up when it comes out! It sounds like a book I’m going to love, and I am excited that it features a small seaside town and a (very unlikely) relationship 🙂

March 11, 2013 - 2:12 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - I have this one waiting to be read on my nook. I love that it’s set in a small seaside town during the summer (Hello! Ginger book!) and I am also curious about the email interaction in the story. I think that can be such a fun aspect for the reader. Yours has been the most detailed review I’ve seen, which makes me want to bump this further up my reading list!

Estelle: Here Comes Trouble by Erin Kern

Here Comes Trouble by Erin Kern ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: January 8, 2013 Publisher: Forever Yours (Part of Hachette/Grand Central Publishing) Pages: 243 Target audience: adult Keywords: romance, Wyoming, restaurant, art, old friends Format read: ARC via Publisher on NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: After a difficult childhood and bad luck coming from all […]

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February 25, 2013 - 5:01 pm

Alexa Y. - That cover just drew me in from the start – and the story sounds pretty fantastic. I’m loving the fact that the two MCs have known each other since childhood too!

February 12, 2013 - 8:52 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Yes! Thanks to you, Estelle, I had added this one to my TBR. It sounds like the perfect adult contemp I need in between my YA’s 😉

February 12, 2013 - 4:00 am

amber - This sounds like it is right up my ally. I love romance books so I’m sure to love this one.

February 11, 2013 - 7:45 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - Eeeep! First, to answer your question, yes, I want to buy all the books with cowboys on the the covers because, HELLO!! Hot! Secondly! YAY!! So glad this one is “Worth It”!! I’m totally going to buy it.

February 11, 2013 - 4:09 pm

VeganYANerds - I’m not usually attracted to cowboys but I’m a convert since reading Lovestruck Summer and meeting Russ 😉

This sounds like the sort of romance book I’d enjoy – great review, Estelle!

February 11, 2013 - 2:03 pm

Anna - Who DOESN’T love cowboys?

Estelle + Magan: Shelve It (10/21/2012)

Happy Sunday, friends! We decided to do a joint “Shelve It” this week because someone was a little preoccupied with a move last weekend. Lots of fun books to look forward to for both of us! estelle. Hi. Hi. Hi. Last week, I had a bunch of fun hanging out with Elena (Novel Sounds) and Alexa […]

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October 25, 2012 - 12:50 pm

Estelle - Thanks M! The move went well & but the unpacking is slow going 🙂

October 23, 2012 - 3:47 pm

Tara - You both have such exciting things going on right now! And this is a bit creepy Magan, but I’m almost positive Anna has one of those canvases in her bathroom haha.

October 23, 2012 - 12:28 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Hooray for blogger outings! E, I had so much fun with you and Elena. Our adventures at the Strand + over dinner were great, and I wish we could all hang out more. Plus, you did get some pretty darn awesome books…

M, LOVE the prints. LOVE LOVE LOVE. One of the things the truly excites me about getting married is the fact that I’ll finally get to live in a place where I can decorate any way I want to! Prints + photos will DEFINITELY be prominent.

October 23, 2012 - 11:22 am

Lena - AHHH, so jealous of Estelle’s blogger outing. Why do all my favorite people always hang out without me? *cries*

SUCH A RUSH is amazeballs, and I really enjoyed Virtuosity.

And Magan, I love your prints, especially the big one. So pretty! I really liked TIME BETWEEN US, and you must let me know what you think of DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT.

Happy Reading Ladies!

*MWAH*

October 22, 2012 - 9:10 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Estelle, I am so happy to share LTT with you! I can’t wait for you to read it so we can discuss in depth 🙂 Magan, I LOVE your new art work! Both of you got some fab books this week. Can’t wait to read your reviews on some of them.

October 21, 2012 - 10:46 pm

Monica - Awesome books.
I cant wait to read Uses for Boys and Eleanor & Park also.
Feel free to stop by and check out my haul…
http://asoutherngirlsbookshelf.blogspot.com/2012/10/in-my-mailbox-imm-3.html

October 21, 2012 - 9:35 pm

elena - estelle – “yet has a terrible sense of direction.” STORY OF MY LIFE! it was so fun to hang out with you & alexa! thank you so much for talking me through directions and being generally awesome. i hope to do it again one day soon and hopefully with m! <3

magan – your wall is so pretty! i have eleanor & park too except in a paperback form. we should do a readalong! also days of starlight and blood looks so gooood, can't wait for it.

October 21, 2012 - 8:51 pm

VeganYANerds - E – I hope the move went well and I understand how hard it can be to leave a place 🙂

Yay for hanging out with Elena and Alexa – looks like you girls had a great time!

M – love the artwork, as you know! We’ve been in out place almost 2 years and it took me until this year to starting hanging prints etc And awesome stack of books 😀