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What Happy Looks Like: Dream Boyfriends

Happy Tuesday pals!

Today 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 Graham meet online when Graham sends an email and it lands in her inbox by accident. Thus starts the adorable and sweet back and forth between the two. They tell each other a lot, but never share their names and Graham doesn’t disclose the fact that he is a teenage heartthrob. Eee! It’s like a dream come true for teenagers, right? To make some connection with a celebrity they absolutely adore?

While I’m not sure things like stardom impress Ellie, I was totally that girl who had a ton of Bop and Twist and Teen People magazine posters hanging all over my room. (I had an entire collage of them in my closet.) Even now, I still like to crush on those darling celebrity guys and my husband makes fun of me. (I can’t help it.) So because I have no shame, I thought I would share a few of my past crushes.

Like which celebrity would I want to accidentally fall into an email relationship with? Here ya go:

Jordan Knight:

I was an absolutely huge New Kids on the Block fan when I was a kid. My first concert was seeing them when I was 5 years old. I collected every newspaper article, every piece of memorabilia, and even had the comforter/sheet set. Oh, and a Barbie doll! The doll had Jordan’s braid down the back. You know, I have to say… I had pretty awesome taste because Jordan is still looking pretty rad  these days. (A thought a few hours later: Jordan was quite feminine looking, don’t you think?)

Devon Sawa:

One of my best friends loved Jonathan Taylor Thomas and I loved Devon Sawa. (This is who we have stayed friends forever.) Casper, Now + Then, Little Giants — man oh man he was a cutie. When we played MASH in grade school, I was always hope hoping that the fates would have us cross paths. (Nice to see he still has a career now, right?)

Joshua Jackson:

Way back when, I had the top Joshua Jackson fan site on the webs. Seriously. (It was called Joshua Jackson Paradise… sigh. I wish I didn’t pick that name.) I loved Mighty Ducks but I didn’t completely fall for him until Dawson’s Creek — the funny sidekick? Sign me up! I always thought he was the cutest and wanted him to get the girl… or just come and find me. There was a time when I used to know the name of his dogs, and basically every movie he had coming out. (Too bad I was never a Fringe fan… but I am rooting for the Dawson’s Creek reunion!)

Jesse McCartney:

This was around college time… I wasn’t THAT old for Jesse. But when I heard him singing a cover of “Second Star from the Right” as I diligently worked at the Disney Store — I was hooked. Did anyone watch Summerland on the CW a few years ago? He was so freaking cute. And I loved his voice! If you want to catch one of his movies, be sure to check out Keith. It’s really great.

Zac Efron:

 Oh this obsession is alive and well, my friends. He was on Summerland too actually but it wasn’t until High School Musical that I started to fall down the rabbit hole. He was adorable, he could dance, and he could sing (kind of? because they mixed his vocals with someone else for the first movie). For the record, he sings his own stuff in 2 + 3 (which I cried over in the movie theater). Okay, so he may be totally ripped and have gorgeous eyes but I honestly think he’s acting is really great. Have you seen Charlie St. Cloud? Prepare your tissue box but he’s very very good in it. I’m looking forward to what he does next. (Sidenote: I’m still not over him and Vanessa Hudgens breaking up.)

Jeremy Jordan:

If you have gotten this far, you may notice I have a thing for guys who can sing and act and look pretty? Well Jeremy Jordan is the full package. If you don’t know him, he’s a Broadway guy — he recently originated the role of Jack Kelly in the Newsies musical. I had the opportunity to go to the dress rehearsal of the pre-Broadway tryout + the first note, the first time I heard his voice… I was like WHO THE HELL IS THAT? (Seriously. If you ask the people I was with… it was all I could talk about.) I was a fan right at that moment, went on to buy tickets to a show I never thought I wanted to see (Bonnie + Clyde) and I’ve been following his career ever since. Right now, he’s playing Jimmy on Smash (sad sad Smash) and is going to be starring in The Last Five Years movie with Anna Kendrick. I’m so psyched about how his career is blowing up… (I’m also a little possessive because I’d like to keep him to myself.) FYI all links in this paragraph are of Jeremy singing. You are welcome.

Okay, give me the dirt. What boys did you love or are you currently loving?

And also, what are you waiting for? Pre-order Jennifer’s new book, This is What Happy Looks Like, for a tale of romance, family secrets, and all the possibilities of summer.

April 17, 2013 - 12:34 am

Sarah - Oh, Jesse. He’s on Army Wives now, too. I’ve always loved him so much, and since he’s only two years older than me, I think I can make it happen. Haha

March 28, 2013 - 7:05 am

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - This post cracked my shit up, Estelle. My heart always Teen Beated for Jon from NKOTB. Devon Sawa! The Annexation of Puerto Rico!! Did you ever watch The Sandlot or Mighty Ducks? Mike Vitar and Vincent A. LaRusso… mmm.

March 19, 2013 - 3:15 pm

Sharon @ The Book Barbies - Oh, Joshua Jackson. ♥ He was my dream boyfriend for the longest time. (Oh, who am I kidding? He is still crazy high on the list! LOL.)

March 19, 2013 - 2:32 pm

Sara (of the Page Sage) - Jesse McCartney and Zac Efron were my first celebrity crushes! (Followed soon after by Nick Jonas and then Orlando Bloom.) I love Jeremy Jordan. His voice is INCREDIBLE.

March 19, 2013 - 1:57 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - This is the best blog post ever. EVERRR.

I just love the New Kids and I’m not ashamed that I NEVER stopped listening to them, although I did not bring my posters and magazine clippings to my house after I got married.

Oh goodness, despite my age and (supposed) maturity level, I spend so much time fangirling/swooning over handsome heartthrobs for different reasons. My #1 is James Franco BECAUSE goodness gracious have you LOOKED AT HIM? I also really love Lee Pace because of course. Justin Timberlake because has moves. MOVES, I tell you. Gerard Butler because when he opens his mouth, that perfect accent just OOPS! falls right out. *swoons* Also I’m very extremely fond of Simon Neil from the band Biffy Clyro because that voice, that voice, that voice. You can even hear his accent when he sings, have mercy.

James Franco. Jamessss Francoooo. <3

I do not have any posters on my walls anymore but I do have some musicians on my phone wallpaper and lock screen. 🙂

March 19, 2013 - 12:33 pm

Nikki @ Foil the Plot - Really excited about Jennifer’s new book, especially after reading your awesomesauce review. Totally digging the concept!

My first ever childhood crush was JTT (still am kinda crushing on him, actually) followed by Andrew Keegan and River Phoenix. Unfortunately, one of them is no longer with us (thanks, bad choices!) but I’m not ashamed at all to admit that I was hard-core crushing. Oh yeah, and there was also Drew Lachey from 98 Degrees. I watched Dancing With The Stars just to commemorate my former love for the man (and I do hate that show)! Woot!

March 19, 2013 - 12:30 pm

Alexa Y. - I may or may not be obsessing over this post a little right now. Okay, maybe a LOT. But seriously, you’ve named some of my favorite hotties – Joshua Jackson, Jesse McCartney and Zac Efron (especially Zac!). I love it. I love this post. It seriously made my day.

When I was in elementary/high school, I was obsessed first with Brian (in BSB) and then with Justin (in NSYNC). I also went through a phase where I loved Duncan (from British boyband Blue) and Ben (from British boyband a1) and Shane (from Irish boyband Westlife). Is it obvious I had a thing for boy bands?

ANYWAY. Currently, I swoon over Zac Efron at any moment. And Ian Somerhalder and his awesome eyes. GAH.

Also, I am SUPER excited to read Jen’s book!

March 19, 2013 - 12:25 pm

Asti (A Bookish Heart) - Love this post! Cute was to tie the book to your real life 🙂
When I was a teen it was all about Christopher Kirkpatrick from NSYNC. I’m not sure why… I can’t imagine it was the dreadlocks that won me over. I’m pretty sure it was just because I wanted to like one that no one else seemed to like. Huh.
The one that took over when I was older, and has stuck with me ever since, is Johnny Depp. I’m assuming it’s his dark and dirty vibe that wins me over, but I would do anything to just see him in person. Plus he plays guitar, and that’s hot.

March 19, 2013 - 11:38 am

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Hahaha what a fun post!!! 🙂
I was all about Devon Sawa too (I fell in love with him in Casper!) and that’s why I loved William from Downton Abbey so much. He totally reminded me of Devon Sawa!

March 19, 2013 - 10:59 am

Ginger @ GReads! - Oh yes, I was a Pacey fan too. It was Joey from the New Kids that littered my walls, though. Notice I said “New Kids” and not NKOTB? haha I think the acronym started after my fandom died out. I was also a fan of Jordan Catalono (Jared Leto) during the My So-Called Life days. Oh that boy!! And if we’re going way back… Brandon and Dylan from 90201 (the original!!) haha.

March 19, 2013 - 10:55 am

Hemborgwife - I used to have posters up of the guys they would put in Teen Vogue and my dad was always so embarrassed by it!
I was kinda weird though and was really into Benicio del Toro for some reason!

March 19, 2013 - 10:29 am

Rachel @ hello, chelly. - Joshua Jackson! You know he’s on my list (growing up and still to this day). Then I remember also loving David Boreanaz, Justin Timberlake & JC from ‘NSync and AJ from Backstreet Boys back in high school. But currently, I’d say Ian Somerhalder and Joseph Gordon-Levitt 🙂 Such a fun post! And even though I didn’t mention Zac Efron.. I do agree that he’s pretty hot.

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