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It Only Happens in the Movies

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But I don’t think that justifies being happy when she gets insulted for no reason when she’s actually being pretty decent and friendly.

What I loved about It Only Happens in the Movies is that it’s fun and humorous, while also giving a really realistic portrayal of teen life. A feast of feel-good funniness and feminism that cleverly contrasts the impossible magic of movie romance with the heady complexities of real-life love. Her brother thinks he is doing his bit, but Audrey has her doubts, and she feels like too much falls on her shoulders. It’s actually a blatant deconstructive analysis of romantic movies proving that real life romance is completely different. Heck, even I'm very much cynical about them and pretty much agreed with the entire break-down of the romcom directive.

There are girls who have cellulite in all shapes and sizes and what is with this obsession with having sex with the lights off? I should already know that if a contemporary romance book (if this can be even considered that) is over 400 pages long, I'm not going to be in for a good time. Time is going by so quickly and I hate it but at least I had a great month reading – I read five books; a mixture of fantasy, contemporary, sci-fi as well as a reread and some new releases! I don't tend to like these types of characters, but for some reason it was hard to dislike him as a character. It’s quite a different read from anything I’ve read as Olive’s mood changes which is reflected in the writing.

Everyone finds life an utter nightmare sometimes, and there’s no ‘normal’ way of dealing with it… There is no normal, Evelyn.However, their relationship outside of the cinema didn't work, with Harry being either full on or distant with no in-between, constantly hanging out with his friends, getting wasted and smoking weed. without ever getting preachy (or without something superbadawful having happened to the leading lady). Anyway, overall I thought it was a great reflection on all things relationship, first love, betrayal and the strength of friendship. A few months ago, I wrote in my review of Love Is For Losers that every year I comb through a ton of YA looking for a specific type of humor and voice, but end up finding, on average, only two books a years that perfectly fit my reading taste. Holly Bourne is definitely back and I’m a little pissed because she ruined my favorite romantic movies for me.

It Only Happens in the Movies is Bourne’s first standalone YA novel after finishing The Spinster Club series, and it departs from that series enough to stand out while still presenting the same fresh, feminist ideas that are a hallmark of Bourne’s writing. At turns funny, feminist, and achingly real, this read is perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella, Patrick Ness, and Julie Buxbaum. In the movies this always works … in It Only Happens in the Movies, it also works, just not quite in the way Harry expects.What I liked so much is how it challenges the representation of romance throughout films (I'm also going to include books as well) and how it's not always perfect and happy. However, once again Holly Bourne takes a stab at one of the many ridiculous things about the world and really gets you thinking. Special thanks to NetGalley and HMH Books for a Young Readers for sharing this powerful ARC with me in exchange my honest review. I’ve just read Frostblood and I absolutely loved it ( see August wrap-up) so I am so excited that the sequel is going to be released in less than a week.

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