|Reviews for Learning How to Smile|
| Sonya Rivers chapter 7 . 12/12/2011
LOVE IT! Thank you SO MUCH for writing this!
| ja6108 chapter 7 . 7/4/2011
Sweet story. Thanks for writing.
| allyandmax chapter 7 . 7/1/2011
awww SO sweet! loved this!
| LightStarDusting chapter 7 . 6/30/2011
YAYYYYYYY. SO CUTE! SO SO SO SO CUTE.
THERE WERE BABIES AND PROPOSALS AND TACKLES.
BASICALLY EVERYTHING I LOVE!
Thank you for writing. xoxoxo
| Cutie16 chapter 7 . 6/30/2011
Omg lovely story and that's a lot from me because I personally hate Rose/Emmett pairings and in the story it sucked but I will read FanFics if they are really good and this one is Fantastic!
Have you ever considered maybe doing a sequel way in the future?
Anyways great job with the story, I really enjoyed reading it
| mycrookedsmile chapter 7 . 6/30/2011
so so so adorable. Em holding the baby? swoon. Proposal? swoon. Rose is a lucky girl ; )
| HeatherA9 chapter 7 . 6/30/2011
Man, this is gorgeous. Thank you so much for writing it. I have enjoyed every single chapter.
| mycrookedsmile chapter 6 . 6/30/2011
I love Emmett. He's Emmett, but more. I like that he could be confident, joking, relaxed Emmett, but could also be vulnerable enough to share that he didn't want to be her secret.
I love their girls lunch & announcements!
| that kiwi chick chapter 7 . 6/29/2011
Loved this chapter. Emmett & Carlisle with the babies swoon! The ending was perfect! Really enjoyed reading this story.:)
| xtothey chapter 7 . 6/29/2011
I am a sucker for a baby. I would be totally fine if you felt the need to write an outtake with Emmett and more babies :)
| TheHeartOfLife chapter 7 . 6/29/2011
Oh man. Well. This review won't even do this wonderful, beautiful, amazing story justice because...it just won't. You gave them a perfect beginning. I can't say ending because even though you ended the story, you left them with so many pages to fill out still. That's my favorite kind of finish, when you kind of sit there for a while afterward and think about where they might be now, what they're doing.
And listen, I fully understand that these are fictional characters, but you know it's a wonderfully realistic story when it takes you a minute to remember that these people don't actually exist in your world. I fell in love with all of them. I felt Rose's pain and rooted for her when she started putting herself together. I swooned with her over Emmett's sweet smile and dimples and laughed at his silly jokes and swooned again at the patient way he waited for her to be ready for him. I also drooled a little bit at his hotness. Okay, I drooled a lot.
Literally every word of this chapter was perfect. Her coming out to see Emmett with Jules. Him whispering to her. Carlisle coming out with Brandon. How peaceful that entire scene felt. The proposal will go down in history as one of my favorites because it was so perfect for who they are as individuals, and also who they are together. This line really got me:
"In true Emmett fashion, he was smiling, patiently waiting, because he already knew. He always knew."
:') I'm tearing up reading it again. :') forever.
Man, I want to tell you all of the things that stuck with me, but it was everything. Every little piece. Dickbag, my soul is tugged all the way to you right now. I'm standing at your doorstep, waiting for a hug. And I've got some wine here, too, because I know you're feeling the ache of saying goodbye to these guys as much as I am.
Oh, and the last lines? Were just...I can't even.
"He was asking if I was ready to say good-bye to the perfect day we had just had, ready to face whatever life had in store for us.
"So ready," I confirmed with a smile as I took his hand."
What do I say about that? You infused that last moment that we get to see between them with love and hope, and those are two of the best emotions in the world. So even though reading those words were super bittersweet for me, it's that GOOD ache. You know the one, I know you do. It's a dickbag thing.
Thank you for such a beautiful, beautiful story. Thank you for writing this, even if it was just to get me to shut up. I could really not have asked for (or imagined) a more wonderful love letter. You are my dickbag and even though this story's ended, that never will. Okay? Okay.
| IdPattThat chapter 7 . 6/29/2011
BUT IN A GOOD WAY. ILY.
| AccioBourbon chapter 7 . 6/29/2011
At the risk of sounding condescending (or even just a little patronizing): I couldn't be prouder of you. You took a prompt and you wrote a whole story from it. And to think I remember so clearly when you said you didn't read Rosalie stories because you couldn't stand the character. ;)
But you invented a characterization for her and you gave her a very clear voice. She was smart, and wry, and funny. And she had a sensitive streak running through that Emmett found a way to tap (among other things! oh, god, I went there.)
I loved it, and I adore you, and it was my complete pleasure to be involved. If you choose write more - of anything - I'm right here.
| TheHeartOfLife chapter 6 . 6/28/2011
Imagine me floating off into the sky.
Now imagine me with hearts in my eyes.
(I can still be floating, though, the hearts are just an addition)
This chapter. This chapter I didn't need Jesus. I just needed them to be together and wonderful and them and they were. Oh, it was seriously all so perfect that I'm going to go ahead and probably quote everything. But you captured that feeling of falling in love with someone and learning about them so perfectly. I wish they could bottle that feeling because there is just nothing like it. I think that feeling could stop wars, I really do. This whole chapter gave me the same feeling that "Like A Star" by Corinne Bailey Rae does - slow and sweet.
(And now I've got my chin propped in my hand, in addition to the floating and the hearts in the eyes)
I totally get her reasoning for wanting to keep them just to herself for a while. I think when you go through something like what Rose went through, the people that love you most just want to make it better. They want to fix. And they'll do it until they're absolutely, 100% sure you're going to be okay. The worst thing for them would've been to try and "fix" this when a) it wasn't broken and b) it was so, so new. Of course, our poor Emmett didn't know that and got his feelings hurt and oh man, him being all bashful and wounded made me want to have Rose do exactly what she did and then take all his clothes off.
I mean, HUG him.
Okay, so let's talk about my favorite parts, shall we?
Hint: It was all of them.
But I'll seriously be normal about this. Normal for me. I'm not normal, so I don't know how normal this will be. Did you know that if you say a word enough times, it stops making sense? That's where I'm at with normal right now.
" A late night Criminal Minds marathon taught Emmett that I cry like a baby at those awful ASPCA commercials with the sad music and the sadder animals. A week later, he learned that the only thing that will make me cry more is finding out that a generous donation was made in my name."
- I mean, honestly. He's the sweetest thing ever in the world and I want to cry and claw my face off at how amazingly thoughtful and wonderful his gesture is here. I just. Can't. Take it.
"Most important, I learned that giving your heart to someone else isn't scary at all when it's an even trade."
- There are what I refer to as soul-tugging lines. This is one of them. And soul-tugging lines (for me anyway, and that's what this is all about because I made this phrase up for fuck's sake, so I can do whatever I want) are very simple sentiments that make you go "oh! THAT'S how you describe it." Because you know what it is. You've felt that before. But when it's put into such perfect terms, it makes it tangible. And that's what this line did to me.
" the out of control loudness of an infomercial jolted me out of sleep."
- Did you know there was a law passed about this? There seriously was. It's called the CALM Act. Thank Jesus, too, because commercials are devastating to my ears.
"So maybe it wasn't the romance and flowers and sweet talk I had been expecting, but it was us. A little bit snarky, a little bit impatient, but mostly perfect."
- I love this. So much. So true.
" Emmett's sleep-groping had nothing on his wide-awake groping. Luckily for me, coherency wasn't a requirement, beyond "yes", "there", "please", "now", and "oh my God.'"
- And I REALLY love this. Sometimes the imagination is better than spelling it out. I also love that you made it realistic, because this kind of sex is the sex you have when you know you've found someone that you can keep. It's not like in the movies, but the imperfection of it makes it perfect. And true. Again, you with the true!
""Although, after this morning, I wouldn't use the word 'little' in any context.""
- GO ON GURL.
""It just...clicked. I don't know, you guys. It feels right.""
- And that's when you know it IS right. It really is that feeling that everyone talks about that you're like "awesome, fuck you, that totally doesn't exist." But then it happens to you and you're forced to retract the "fuck you" because it's true. It's so true.
AND THEN BOTH ALICE AND BELLA ARE PREGNANT! This chapter is so full of happies that I can't even! I can't even wait for next chapter, so shoot, I hope you finished it tonight because I want it.
(Just kidding, take your time)
"No Pants, No Problem!" is in full effect right now, just so you know. I did it in honor of IdPattThat And you, of course. I'm not sure if it should creep you out that I don't wear pants in honor of you, but I'm not going to overthink it because it feels right.
Oh and hey, happy 50th review.
(In the immortal words of Britney Spears: gimme gimme more, gimme more, gimme gimme more).
| IdPattThat chapter 6 . 6/27/2011
YEEEESSS! NO PANTS! I LOOOOOOVE WHEN PEOPLE TAKE OF THEIR PANTS! WHERE'S THE NEXT CHAPTER!
Great job, lady. :)