Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publishing Date: April 14, 2015
Pages/Format: 84, eBook
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In this sequel novella to This is What Happy Looks Like, Jennifer E. Smith revisits two beloved characters to tell the story of one magical night in Manhattan. When Ellie and Graham come face to face once more, can they get past the months of silence and the hurt feelings to find their happily-ever-after again?
Book in One Word: Pleasant
One of my favorite things about this novella was the writing--I don't remember the writing in its predecessor being so good. I've only read two--well, three--of Smith's novels, but after reading Happy Again and very much liking its writing, I need to read them all. And I can't really tell you what this novella is about because it would spoil both Happy books, but it was such a nice little thing. Usually books--especially contemporary novels--end and that's it; we don't get anything else. So to get Happy Again, and have it be so good, is like a surprising, refreshing, nice gift--and I love it.
See, now I want to go and reread This is What Happy Looks Like and then reread Happy Again. A nice (I know I'm saying that word a lot) little story that lets us revisit characters we never thought we'd see again--well, that makes for a happy and satisfied reader. Thanks, Jennifer E. Smith, for Happy Again. If you want to write Happy Once Again (and maybe make it more like a full-length novel), I certainly won't be complaining. (And give us more of the pig, please.)
Did I like it? Yes!
Did I love it? It's hard to love something that's so short, but it's closer to love than not-love, if that makes sense.
Would I reread it? If I'm in the mood for something short and sweet, maybe!
Would I purchase it? I already did...
Who would I recommend it to? If you liked This is What Happy Looks Like--and actually, maybe if you didn't--then I'd suggest reading this nice little semi-sequel.