Friday, June 27, 2014

Review: Just like the Movies by

Just Like the Movies
By: Kelly Fiore
Release Date: July 22, 2014

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.

Kelly Fiore has perfected the thought of bringing movies to life in high school beautifully.  I can completely see this happening in real life and it amazes me the amount of lessons and experiences learned in this book and if you get a chance to read it I hope you see all the little ones that just make you think hmm maybe I should think more for or about myself and perhaps things will work out one day.  It’s a beautifully written book that just puts a smile on your face just like movies!

We meet Marijke and Lily separately, this book is told din two POV’s but instead of being it girl guy POV it’s girl girl POV, and it’s about two girls that don’t completely know each other but by chance happen to run into each other and form a bond and a friendship.  Their bond is over movies and wanting their happily ever after.  This book can literally be a movie and I know that I would go and watch it.

Both characters struggle with the significant other in their life, whether trying to get one or trying to keep one and together they come up with crazy movie like plans to help each other out.  During all these crazy things, some being a big fiasco for nothing at some points, there are still back stories about their home life and their families.  Those are some lessons that need to be learned as well, but the main story in this book I think isn’t even about the potential relationships I think it’s about two girls who couldn’t be any different finding each other at the most opportune time and becoming the best of friends.

Marijke and Lily’s relationship is my favorite thing about this book, friendship.  Don’t get me wrong I love the romance in this book because it’s innocent and put together quite nicely but friendship is more important sometimes.  The guys are very likable even if one of them is questionable at times, that might be the girl’s insecurities though.  Overall this book was delightful, fun, interesting and just a good time.  Definitely a book that you can read over the summer and feel good about it, it may even inspire you to try and put a movie moment into reality.

I love the cover with its movie kiss feel to it.  This is the second book I’ve read from this author and I’m ready for more.  She really knows how to tell a great story with a lot of meaning behind it.  Can’t wait to read the next one.

About the Author:

Kelly Fiore is the author of Taste Test. When she's not writing, you can find her in the kitchen, trying new recipes and rocking out to Def Leppard. A former high school English teacher, Kelly lives in Maryland with her husband and son.


Disclaimer:I received this book from NetGalley and Bloomsbury USA Children's Books, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!

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