Just Like The Movies
By: Kelly Fiore
Available June 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.
This Blonde’s Review:
This book is one of those easy fun reads where nothing plays out quite like it should. It is a typical fluffy girl book. Take two girls, one popular and one invisible, their love of romantic chick flicks, two hot guys, and prom approaching. It was adorable.
Lily and Marijke build a friendship based on trying to get the guys they want to want them back. Sure, Marijke has the guy but he’s not really there. Her boyfriend has other priorities and puts her last no matter how often she puts him first. She will do whatever it takes to get him to say he loves her. Lily is invisible and has no idea how to get her guy to notice her. Working together they use the best romantic movies they know to win their guys over.
The best part of this book in my opinion was the way nothing worked out the way it did in the movies no matter how they tried. They find themselves in situation after situation and no matter how great it looks, somehow it doesn’t play out the way it should. But the other best part is the friendship they find with each other.
Of course the girls end up with their best possible endings, but they don’t necessarily get there quite as easily as they would have hoped. The character development for Marijke and her boyfriend were great because they had to learn a few things before anything between them would grow. Lily and her guy had a few things to realize themselves but may have had an easier path of it since theirs was something new.
This book is relatively predictable. Once you know what’s coming you know what will happen. But this isn’t supposed to be a big deep and unpredictable book. It’s supposed to be a fun and enjoyable read and it fits. If the idea of two girls trying to use scenes from a romantic movie seems like your kind of book then you’ll enjoy this.