Friday, July 11, 2014

ARC Review: Just Like The Movies by Kelly Fiore

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18018509Just Like The Movies
by Kelly Fiore
Release date: July 22nd
How I got it - Review copy from Netgalley
Genre: YA Contemporary
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Description -
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.

I received this book from the publisher(or author) through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

My Rating: 4 stars

Review: What to say? Everybody loves a good romantic comedy, no matter how cliche, no matter how sappy, no matter how much you argue that those things never happen in real life everyone is left secretly wishing and hoping that those kinds of things do exist in real life, this book takes that secret wish, the thing every girl, or guy, wishes and dreams about at least once in their life and runs with it. It turns it into a fun lighthearted tale of friendship and miffed grand gestures and yes of course romance.
Essentially this book has everything one looks for in a fun lightheartedly fluffy YA contemporary and I loved every bit of it. I literally read it in about two hours and was smiling the whole time. I admit at first I didn't really love one of the two main characters but she grew on me fairly quickly. I loved the premise behind this book, two high school girls fed up with waiting for the movie kind of romance and love and so decide to take it into their own hands, it screams funny and heartwarming and it delivers.

Let's Talk...
  -Plot - Plot wise this book is everything the description promises it will be, a funny tale of friendship and misguided love, basically. I really enjoyed the fact that it was a lot more about the growing friendship between these two girls who have never talked before and who dive into this widely funny adventure of grand gestures and flash mobs, yes flash mobs.
 - Lily - From the very beginning I loved Lily. She's the kind of girl who does all the behind scenes things at school, the invisible girl who decides to go out with a bang for her senior year. She's the girl who has secretly pinned for the boy of her dreams for two years and finally decides to go after him. Not only did I love her just by herself, I of course loved her friendship with Marijke, and her budding relationship with Joe. I have to say that I enjoyed her romantic pursuits more than Marijke's though Marijkes were wildly hilarious and entertaining I didn't like Tommy.
 -Marijke - I didn't really like her at first, she was clingy and I hated her slightly unhealthy relationship with Tommy, who I also hated(Well hate is a strong word let's go with despise), but once she started hanging out with Lily she really grew on me and some of her romantic gestures were definitely the best parts, I mean Flash Mob, need I say more?
 -Tommy - Tommy is Marijke's boyfriend for around a year now and basically he does not appreciate her what so ever which caused me from the beginning to not like him. Though I must say I really like the way the author ended things with them in the end(you know as opposed to the beginning).
  -The cover - It's sappy and lame and while it kinda fits the book I just don't like it..that's all.

Overall - I really loved this book and yeah. The premise dragged me in but the awesomely flawed characters and hilarious gimmicks kept me captive,(obviously I am feeling dramatic after reading this book).

Would I Recommend This? Yes.
Who To? Rom-com lovers? and anyone looking for a fun contemporary read.
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Yes.

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