Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Just Like the Movies by Kelly Fiore

   Just Like the Movies by Kelly Fiore                                     Published by Walker Books, July 22, 2014
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 300
Source: Was sent this book for an honest review
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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 really enjoyed the premise behind this book. As a huge fan of chick flicks and big romantic gestures, I was immediately drawn in. That being said, I thought this book was just ok. It took me awhile to really get into the book and even longer to connect with the two main characters.
I liked Lily, I could connect with her but Marijke on the other hand took me awhile to get used too. Marijke is smart, a great athelete and a good friend but not so great in love. She really threw herself 120% into her relationship and honestly I think a lot of teenage girls still do that.

I will say Marijke really grew on me and she grew tremousdoly in the book. I was very happy with both of the character's growth! As for the love like the movies aspect, it was ok. I thought there was going to be a little bit more with some of our favorite scenes from those unforgettable movies in the book.
Overall, I did enjoy this book. It was a quick, fun read. I enjoyed the character's growth throughout the novel and was very happy with the way it ended.

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