THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE
Heartfelt, funny and sweet, Smith’s latest takes the time to show its two main characters falling in love. There are no bad guys, wild plot deviations or vampires. It’s a smartly written, modern-day romance between two teenagers who, despite their differences, couldn’t be better suited for each other.
When well-known actor Graham Larkin mistakenly sends an email to a girl living in small-town Maine, an instant friendship forms. Curious to meet his Internet pen pal, Graham manages to convince the powers-that-be to film his latest movie in Ellie’s town. It isn’t long before he makes his presence known to Ellie. But Graham’s “people” don’t want him fraternizing with a local girl — his beautiful co-star is the more obvious match — and it’s important that Ellie stay under the radar and not be photographed with paparazzi magnet Graham. (POPPY, Apr., 403 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9780316212823, HC, 12 & Up)