THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE

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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)

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Lauren Spielberg