Published by Poppy
Published on April 4th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Realistic FIction, Romance, Young Adult
If fate sent you an email, would you answer?
When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O'Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.
Then Graham finds out that Ellie's Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media's spotlight at all costs?
“How can you know it makes you happy if you’ve never experienced it?”
“There are different kinds of happy,” she said. “Some kinds don’t need any proof.”
After my reading slump, I decided to take on contemporaries, and this book seemed like a good choice after I immersed myself with Xander and Caymen’s life from The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. I think Jennifer E. Smith found its way into my system.
The beginning of the book was reminiscent of the email exchange from Rainbow Rowell’s ‘Attachments’, it was cute and funny, and that hooked me right in.
GDL824@yahoo.com sent an email to EONeill22@hotmail.com, asking to be responsible for Wilbur during his absence. Unfortunately, he sent it to the wrong email address. He was off by a number. Even though they were strangers, they started emailing each other quite often, sharing some details about their lives. They both were comfortable with their anonymity. Little did EONeill22@hotmail.com know, GDL824@yahoo.com is a famous movie star. What? *insert Peter Parker voice on The Amazing Spider-Man 2*
The main characters, Graham and Ellie, were likable characters, but they aren’t memorable. Although Graham was a huge star, he was ‘normal’, and didn’t take his fame to his head. If he were an obnoxious brat, I would’ve disliked him a lot. His life wasn’t without flaws. Even though he’s rich and famous, his family life isn’t stellar. He longs to be ordinary, to be able to be with his friends, and live with his family, but he also loves to act.
Ellie was raised by her single mother, and because of this, her pride was just too high. She thinks she’s ordinary, but really, she’s beautiful. I mean, hello green eyes! I really dislike characters who think they are not pretty when they really are, but I guess, being a teen excuses you, sometimes, for feeling insecure. But I admire her need to be successful, to fulfill her dream to get into Harvard, even though they are struggling with money.
The plot of the book was simple, but it could have been more interesting. Maybe add a little more plot twist, but I think that it was too predictable for my liking. Although there were elements that made it different, I was still able to count on the predictability of the love story. Graham and Ellie’s relationship fell flat for me. They do have the makings of a good relationship, but it was just too good when they only spent a short amount of time together. It felt too Romeo and Juliet. It had the sense of ‘Instant Love’. Yes, weeks did pass, but there were a few weeks when they practically avoided each other, so that doesn’t count. The basis of their relationship was a little bit shallow for me.
Favorite Quote : The Kiss
It was exactly as he’d thought it would be, like the first time and the millionth time all at once, like being wide awake, like losing his balance. Only this time, it wasn’t just him; this time, they were losing their balance together.
Overall, it was a quick and light read. Something that you can finish in one sitting on a Summer day. #
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