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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Just Like the Movies by Kelly Fiore Book Review

Pretty and popular track star Marijke Monti is confident about almost everything – she’s got great friends, a great family, and she’s on her way to the State Track Championship. In fact, the only thing Marijke isn’t confident about is her relationship with Tommy Lawson. 

Lily Spencer has spent her entire high school career preparing for the future – she’s participated in every extracurricular activity and volunteer committee she could. But, at home, she watches her mother go on date after date with dud-dudes, still searching for “the one.” Lily realizes that she’s about to graduate and still hasn’t even had a boyfriend. 

While they live on each other’s periphery at school, Lily and Marijke never seemed to have much in common; but, after a coincidental meeting at the movie theater, Lily gets an idea – why can’t life be like a movie? Why can’t they set up their perfect romantic situations, just in time for their senior prom, using movie techniques?

Once the girls come up with the perfect plans, they commit themselves to being secret cohorts and, just like in the movies, drama ensues.

Published July 2014. Check it out on Goodreads!
3 stars

What I liked: The idea for this book was great, two girls wanting to win boys decide to recreate super romantic moments from popular movies and to totally wow the guys with. That made me want to pick up this book. I thought the main characters were lovely and two girls that you can relate to well, one or the other anyway. You have Lilly, who is very smart and driven, but often doesn't get noticed for the work she does because she's shy. But she also has a very quick wit and lots of good comebacks up her sleeve. Marijke is a track star and was one of the popular crowd, but when her boyfriend stepped into the picture and her track schedule picked up she didn't have as much time for hanging out with friends anymore. I liked the fact that neither girl was the super popular girl nor the loser girl that has no friends. You could say that it might be Lily, but I still think she was pretty active in the school and she was definitely pretty cool ;) The romance between Lilly and Joe was super sweet and I liked their story a lot. I wasn't as much of a fan of Marijke's romance, but ah well. It was still alright. If you're a romance movie buff in any sort of way I'm sure you'll enjoy all of the movie references in this book.

What I didn't like: It may have been because I was quite busy when I was reading this book, but I found that I did get a little bored at times. It didn't happen very often and I was quite busy, but still. Also...even at the end I was a little bit unsure of Marijke's relationship. I didn't like her boyfriend, Tommy, that much and even the way Marijke acted around him, the jealousy and distrust wasn't exactly reassuring. So I feel like maybe the author amped up the drama a bit too much. Because in the middle of the book I was rather hoping that Tommy wouldn't be in Marijke's happily ever after. Still, in the end I think that things work out alright and I was able to understand things.

Overall, this is a sweet book and it is pretty lighthearted. I liked the two main characters a lot and felt that they were very relatable. I had mixed feelings about a few of the characters, but I really did like this book. It wasn't a favorite but I did enjoy it and it kept me interested. Also the idea of remaking movie scenes was lovely and one of my favorite parts of the book.

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