**Happy Again is a sequel novella to This is What Happy Looks Like, so there may be spoilers.**
I just (happily) discovered that Ms. Smith wrote a mini-sequel to her novel This Is What Happy Looks Like. The coolest thing about eBooks and the internet and wifi is how an author can update those of us who loved their books on the status of some of our favorite characters without having to pen an entire novel. Need to know if Allison and Willem ever see each other again? Wham. Download Just One Night. What happened after Ellie and her famous-actor boyfriend parted? Bam. Read Happy Again. It’s great that these snippets can be done so quickly and easily, even about some of our beloved side characters. Now that’s Insta-Love.
Ellie still had her last year of high school as well as college applications to get through after her summer romance. She did finally receive her acceptance to Harvard, made it through her senior year in Henley and continued with her correspondence with Graham Larkin. But as they continued to write, she felt like her life was so boring compared to his, that telling him how she was feeling about seemingly mundane occurrences (compared to meeting the president of France, for example) made her feel like all she was doing was typing up a list of activities, not feelings. And once she received an email from Graham that could have been written to anyone, she decides that it’s time to let go.
She continues to have work to do when it comes to breaking out of her shell. Still quite shy, she continuously turns down her new roommate’s offers to socialize with her and her friends. She is so uncomfortable around these people who just seem like they belonged before they even set foot on campus. Lauren, her roommate, invites Ellie to drive down to New York City with Lauren’s friends for the weekend while Lauren’s parents are out of town. Surprising even herself, Ellie says “yes.” But once she sees the lights in front of the Ziegfeld Theater, she just knows, somehow, that it’s got to do with Graham. Is she ready for the possibility that he will see her? And is that a good thing or a bad thing?
I was loving the story as it was going along, but then suddenly, it was over; a little too soon in my estimation (and disappointment). I think I was supposed to get something out of the ending, but maybe I just needed to have it spelled out a little more. Maybe there will be a sequel #2, a full-blown second book, that will further tell the tales of Ellie and Graham. I, for one think there’s still a lot more to say. And that would make me beyond happy.
Happy Again by Jennifer E. Smith was published April 14, 2015, by Poppy. I bought this from Google Play Books ALL BY MYSELF!
Genre: Young Adult Fiction Contemporary Romance Series
Ages: 12 and up
COYER Scavenger Hunt #63: Choose a book that you’ve given five stars and see what other books GoodReads recommends you read (top right of that books page). Read one of those – and indicate which book it was recommended because of [Because of Just One Night by Gayle Forman]. (4 points)