Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Book Review: Just Like the Movies by Kelly Fiore

18018509Title: Just Like the Movies
Author: Kelly Fiore
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Release Date: July 22, 2014
Source: Publisher for Review
Edition: eARC (300 pages)
Genre: Contemporary

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 planning 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 the movies, drama ensues.

Marijke and Lily are complete opposites. While Marijke is popular and has a boyfriend that every other girl at the school would die for, Lily doesn't really have any friends and spends most of her time volunteering or babysitting. After running into each other at the movies, the both of them begin talking and decided that there's no reason for life not to be like the movies. They decide to try to each get a guy to ask them out to prom by using all these gestures used in movies, such as Say Something.

Marijke already has a boyfriend: Tommy. Everyone at their school flirts with Tommy because they absolutely love him. Tommy doesn't flirt back, though Marijke has a hard time trusting him because everyone likes him so much. Tommy is really devoted to her, though. Tommy hasn't asked Marijke to prom yet, and she is really into the big, grand promposals, so of course she decides to go along with the idea that she and Lily come up with. Marijke also is a track star, which is just another reason why she is so popular.

Lily doesn't have a boyfriend and she doesn't even really have any friends for that matter, so when she and Marijke begin to get close as friends she has a hard time wrapping her head around the fact that someone may actually want to be friends with her. Lily is kind of skeptical of love because her mother has had her heart broken so many times, and she always goes out on dates and leaves Lily at home to babysit. Lily has a crush on Joe, who is really into biking. She will do anything to win his heart over, even if it means embarrassing herself in the process.

I absolutely loved Just Like the Movies. I'm not the biggest contemporary fan, though there was just something about this one that made me really want to read it. I think it was the whole movie aspect of this-it was really interesting how the girls would use scenes from movies and then act them out to try to win a guy's heart so they could get dates to prom. I also liked how this book was about more than just love; it was about the friendship that Marijke and Lily began to have as the story went on. I loved how the girls were always there for each other and they had a really close bond, it was just so heart-warming. I'd definitely suggest this book if you are looking for a fun summer read!


1 comment:

  1. This sounds like such a good book! I'll have to pick it up!
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