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Starring In The Movie Of My Life

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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  82 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Thirty-five-year-old Samantha acts without thinking. Her heart is huge while her sense of purpose is small; she's willing to fight for those she loves, but she's never learned to fight for herself. Eighteen-year-old Melody is cold and calculating, and she's driven by the desire to better herself. As these compelling yet deeply flawed women battle for the affections of twen ...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Preventive Measures
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Samantha Janning
When author Laurel Osterkamp contacted me to coordinate her blog tour, I was excited to work with her and her novel Starring in the Movie of My Life. The synopsis reeled me in quickly, and once I started reading, this novel was very difficult to put down. There are three characters that are followed: Samantha and Nathan Linden, who are husband and wife, and Melody, a teenage student of Nathan’s. When Melody is attacked at a school dance, it is Nathan that plays hero, getting her away from harm. ...more
Screenplaydiva
If you are a fan of women’s fiction from authors such as: Jodi Picoult, Jennifer Weiner, Elizabeth Berg, et al and want to break from dark stories featuring vampires, werewolves and other things that go bump in the night, then I highly recommend STARRING IN THE MOVIE OF MY LIFE by Laurel Osterkamp!

The book is told from two different viewpoints: Samantha “Sam”, a 35-year-old who is has recently married Nathan “Nate”, a 25-year-old high school teacher, and Melody, a 18-year-old high school senior.
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E.B. Loan
I received a copy of this book many moons ago. Long before I had my grubby little hands on my now, much used Kindle. It was the last paperback I read. Two things about this story caught (and held) my attention. 1. Tense. The book is written in present tense. As a writer, I've been told this is a serious no-no. After reading Ms. Osterkamp's book, I feel compelled to ask the obvious question: why? It is a good story...in any tense. Who died and determined that present tense is passe? Whoever it wa ...more
Laura
This story fluctuates between two female characters points of view. Melody an 18-year old high school senior who is manipliative and seeking attention from others because she lacks that comfort at home, and 35 year old Samantha, who wears her heart on her sleeve and makes rash decesions but the best of intentions. Both of their worlds collide and both have the power to dramatically alter the story of each others lives, but will they do that, or will they make the right decisions for themselves. ...more
Ellen
Samantha is married to Nathan Linden. She is also 10 years older than Nathan. Melody is 18 years old and a senior in high school. Nathan Linden is her teacher. Melody falls for Nathan or
"Mr. L," after he saves her from being raped at a school dance. This is the story of their lives, and is told from alternating points of view between Samantha and Melody, each telling their own story. Samantha has her own issues, but she is very likable. She is still insecure in her relationship with Nathan, and
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Elsie Love
I received a copy of this book many moons ago. Long before I had my grubby little hands on my now, much used Kindle. It was the last paperback I read. Two things about this story caught (and held) my attention. 1. Tense. The book is written in present tense. As a writer, I've been told this is a serious no-no. After reading Ms. Osterkamp's book, I feel compelled to ask the obvious question: why? It is a good story...in any tense. Who died and determined that present tense is passe? Whoever it wa ...more
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MICHELLE'S REVIEW:


RATING: 3.75 HUMAN NATURE STARS!!

Starring In The Movie Of My Life, was not at all what I was expecting. This book is a rollercoaster of emotions for me. I think it is well written, and I don’t want to deter anybody from reading it, as it is very well written, but I had a hard time with Melody’s character.

I do realise and understand that she was written to be this manipulative piece of work. She almost redeemed herself in my eyes at the end...almost. I realise she is only eight
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Marissa
This novel was purely excellent! I really enjoyed reading it. Throughout, I was thinking how this story was going to go; I was in the middle, and found this story to be unpredictable, which I liked, because this will make you turn the pages that much faster for more. There were many things I liked in this story, and one was definitely the films, which is of course a huge part in the characters, especially in Samantha's life. I just loved how different lovable films were referenced here. It was j ...more
Ashley
Laurel Osterkamp’s new novel, Starring in the Movie of My Life, is one of those rare reads I come across where I’m so enthralled from the first page that I can’t stop reading and nothing else gets done until the book is finished.

The novel centers around three people, eighteen year old Melody, cold, calculating, and driven to better her circumstances; Samantha, thirty-five, flighty, generous, but lost and confused about her own life; and twenty-five year old Nate, Melody’s English teacher and Sam
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Kitty Bullard
After reading "Following My Toes" I went quite a while before reading "Starring In The Movie of My Life" I must say that I love the way Laurel Osterkamp writes. She keeps you interested and this is great for a woman that is actually not much of a 'chick lit' type reader. This story read smoothly and had me hooked from the beginning. There is nothing better than a story that involves a love triangle, the suspense of trying to figure out who Nathan will choose keeps you on the edge and you feel ge ...more
Susan Anderson
Of Unputdownable Mothers & Flicks

Starring in the Movie of My Life by Laurel Osterkamp is a sparkling book. Matter of fact, I didn’t want this coming of age story to end. The novel is about Melody and Samantha who travel through high school and proto-adulthood duking it out, conniving, and dreaming, their loves and lives coming together at pivotal points in the story, influenced by an older generation before choosing their own ways. There are surprises on every page, I'm not kidding, events I
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Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading)
This is my second time reading Laurel Osterkamp. I read her latest novel, The Holdout, earlier this year and I really enjoyed it (Read my review of The Holdout here). Laurel kindly offered me the chance to review any of her previous novels and I'm so happy that I chose Starring in the Movie of My Life. This book was great and I could not put it down!

I liked Samantha from the very first pages of the book. Melody, well, that was a different story. While I felt badly for Melody's difficult home lif
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Jennifer
What I liked:
The author gives us relatable characters. Each character has flaws and that is what makes them real. The two female leads, Samantha and Melody, tell the story. Each chapter alternates between the two points of view. The story works well because of the back and forth. The reader learns things about Samantha and then learns things about Melody. All the while Mr. Linden is somewhere in the middle. The story is about Samantha who is ten years older than her husband. Her husband is a hi
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Cheryl
A thoroughly enjoyable read — I found it refreshing and thoughtful! This contemporary story is well-written with characters that are easy to relate to. They could all be people you might know.

The alternating chapters weren’t confusing, but surprisingly fun to read. I especially enjoyed reading about 30-something Samantha. Melody, who’s a senior in high school, reminded me of several manipulative girls I knew at that stage in my life and even since then. The things we do for love and attention! H
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Michelle
Yet another underestimated book. This book was sweet, surprising, and heartwarming. I loved the different viewpoints from both Melody and Sam. Seeing the two different stories meet because of Nate and collide was very interesting. Laurel Osterkamp's writing style works perfectly for this novel.

Starring in the Movie of My Life is about Samantha and Melody. Sam is newly married to Nate Linden, and she soon realizes she still may have feelings for her ex, Collin, even though she's married. Nate sa
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Michelle  novelsontherun
RATING: 3.75 HUMAN NATURE STARS!!

Starring In The Movie Of My Life, was not at all what I was expecting. This book is a rollercoaster of emotions for me. I think it is well written, and I don’t want to deter anybody from reading it, as it is very well written, but I had a hard time with Melody’s character.

I do realise and understand that she was written to be this manipulative piece of work. She almost redeemed herself in my eyes at the end...almost. I realise she is only eighteen and her mother
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Bonnie (Words at Home Blog)
Starring in the Movie of My Life was one of those books that I didn’t want to stop reading once I picked it up. Osterkamp is a beautiful writer and wonderfully captures the essence of the two female leads. Everything from their thought process to word choice feels authentic and accurate for their ages. I was amazed how well she was able to transition between each narrator as well as past and present events; not once did I find myself confused or lost. The pace of this novel was perfect and I qui ...more
Preet
Starring in the Movie of My Life is one frustrating read, but in a good way. The alternating story between Samantha and Melody definitely keeps the story interesting. What was most compelling about this book for me was that I was able to both hate and feel sorry for a character at the same time. Melody wasn’t a character I rooted for, but I also understood how she became who she was and felt sorry for her. I found Samantha likable in the beginning for being lost. My favorite parts were finding o ...more
Len
The story is almost multi-plotted, with an interesting sub-stories pertaining to each character. It has an efficacious plot in keeping a reader engaged. The story revolves around characters with secrets that are slowly revealed from chapter to chapter.

The creation of a selfish brat Melody is quite impressive that as I was beginning to despise her and her callous, heartless actions, I was so surprised near the end at how much I warmed up to the character. All of a sudden, I discovered that after
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Laura Kay Bolin
Starring in the Movie of My Life, goes back and forth between two females. At the beginning there doesn’t seem to be any connection between the two. Samantha and Melody are two very different characters. Samantha is a 35 year old married woman who works at a video store. She is a great friend, who would do just about anything to help someone out and has a fantastic relationship with her father. She is flawed when it comes to her lack of direction for her future and still seems to carry a torch f ...more
Shauna
While there was certainly a hero I was rooting for and an anti-hero that I wasn't, I found myself simultaneously frustrated and sympathizing with both of the main characters in this book, and that made it an extremely satisfying read. Melody was incredibly bright and had enough redeeming qualities that I didn't want to see her slide down the same selfish, self-destructive path as her alcoholic mother. How does a person who has never experienced a healthy relationship with anyone learn how to fos ...more
Ashlea
I won "Starring in the Movie of My Life" in the First Reads contest and I have to say, I loved it! I didn't want to put it down and finished (because I unfortunately, had to put it down sometimes) it in two days. I loved the main character, Sam and truly felt for her. My favorite part about the book is that it doesn't go where you think it will. It keeps you guessing and ends in a way you wouldn't think but works perfectly. I really, really enjoyed this book - so much so that when I finished it ...more
Jacqueline
I read the blurb for this book and thought it sounded like something I wouldn't enjoy. I resisted buying it for quite a while, but I had loved several other books by this author and finally succumbed to its call. This book was not what I was expecting at all, with a storyline that went places I had not imagined. Ms Osterkamp's writing had me turning pages for more, rather than setting the book aside. I was completely won over by the realistic characters and their complex motivations, all reveale ...more
Jencey/
I finished the book. I liked the book. I will post my review later on my blog. I don't know about a Jodi Picoult/Jennifer Weiner combination. I found the story interesting and it kept my interest.
Valerie
I didn't love the characters in this book, had a hard time finding sympathy for any of them, really, but that made it a better book. Well worth a read.
Chrissy
Jul 30, 2011 Chrissy marked it as to-read
I can't believe I forgot I got this one in the mail! Ahhhhhh! It looks amazing! Review upcoming!
Liberum Latine
Solid writing and nice style made it entertaining, but the plot was fairly predictable.
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