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Just Like the Movies

(If Only . . . #7)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  1,371 ratings  ·  269 reviews
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 ev
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published July 22nd 2014 by Walker Books for Young Readers
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Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Warning: this is going to be one of those deeply personal reviews for me - I'm not even sure it's a review, it's...I don't know what it is. An essay? Philosophical thoughts? I don't know. But I hope you'll read on and find out why this book affected me so much, and why it might work for you. 

Just Like the Movies is one of those books that would normally be a really cute, light summer romance for me. It's a book that you can read really quickly (I finished in about 2.5 hours!), and just soak
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I am currently reading this title. Full review to come. ONE BOOK DOWN. A FEW MORE TO GO UNTIL I'M OUT OF THIS READING SLUMP!!!!

My rating system: (I do use half stars.)
5 - I do not use the 5 star. Not because a book might not be worthy, but because a book is never perfect.
4 - I loved it! There weren't too many flaws, and I had no trouble getting through it. (A 4 star rating is the highest rat
Due to me only really loving half of this book (the book that shows the POV of Lily Spencer) and feeling all kinds of irritated with the other POV in this story (Marijke Monti) I ended up just giving this book 3 stars. The book ending also was pretty rushed and I had a hard time with the final resolution with both of the girls in this book. I also thought the author waited a bit too long to have their individual stories sync up and I had a hard time with their not-so-meet cute.

I liked the premis
Laurence R.
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm really happy that I randomly bought this novel! It's such a cute one. I loved the friendship between the two main characters and I wish that it had been even more important in the novel. ...more
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3.5 Stars

Review to come!
Jaime Arkin
If you’re looking for a lighthearted summer beach read then look no further. Just Like The Movies totally filled that category for me, though when I read it I was not on a beach and it was not summer… but I wish both of those had been true.

Marijke Monti has everything… she’s pretty, she’s popular, she’s got the perfect family and the boyfriend every girl wants. And that is where her confidence lacks. She constantly questions whether she cares more about Tommy Lawson than he does about her. Bet
Marijke is pretty, popular and a track star. Confident about everything in her life, she seems to be really insecure about her relationship with cutie Tommy. Lily is your over-achiever, straight A student who has her whole life ahead of her. She also has a crush on a boy who doesn't know she exists. Told in two point of views, two teenage girls have been duped by love and want to try to live their love life as a romantic movie.

I loved this one. I thought it was a cute and fun read and was exactl
Stephanie Fitzgerald
Kept pushing myself to finish this one, but it just didn’t hold my interest enough. The over-the top Prom Proposals were the best thing about this book; very hilarious!
Nikki S
When I first heard about this book, I was super excited about it because I really liked the concept and I read Fiore's last book. Although it wasn't stellar to me, I still enjoyed it.

The synopsis is what got me. Every girl has had that one wish where one day her love life is like what she sees in the movies. (Or maybe in our case, what we read about in books.) This is why Marijke and Lily become friends. They take on the task of making their non-stellar love lives into what they believed to b
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I know I have said this numerous times before but I really do love these type of reads, the sweet make you awww and steal your breath away, give you a tooth ache reads. I crave them, I adore them, and I just can't get enough of them.

Marijke and Lily were lovable relatable characters that I couldn't help but like. Lily is sarcastic and so very smart but still struggling to be noticed by the boy that she has loved for two years while Marike is more outgoing and athletic and even though she has th
Unholy Unicorn
John Tucker Must Die meets any other half baked high school flick.

Marijke Monti
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Marijke's life is perfect. She is the daughter of a former quarterback/Prom King and head cheerleader/Prom Queen. She is popular, beautiful, and athletic. She has a firm grip on life, especially when it comes to the State Track Championship. The only thing that isn't perfect in her life right now is her relationship with her boyfriend, Tommy Lawson. Tommy has a guitar and a whole lot of complaining band. Guess we
Lisa Wolf
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
From my review at Bookshelf Fantasies:

You know how some young adult novels really resonate with adult readers as well? This isn't one of them... at least, not for this adult reader.

In Just Like the Movies, two girls bond over their love of rom-com movies and decide to use romantic movie strategies to win the boys of their dreams. For track star Marijke, that means going all Say Anything in her boyfriend's backyard, blasting Peter Gabriel from an IPod dock. (Unfortunately, he's not home at the ti
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love when a YA contemporary book incorporates some overall theme into the entire story. For this one, it happened to be romantic comedies. And let's be honest - most of us contemporary romance lovers also enjoy the rom-coms. This was a perfect blend of the movie world and the contemporary YA world, but this book was so much more than just a movie inspired romance.

Lily and Marijke are from two different worlds in high school, but both of them felt relatable. Lily is the girl that no one seems t
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
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“I swear that I will uphold my agreement to make our lives just like the movies. I promise to do whatever it takes, even if it’s totally embarrassing.”

Summer reads are hard to find. You want it to both be cute but still have a sense of depth to it. Just like the movies fit that perfectly. Not only was it the most adorable read but it made laugh and want to watch romantic comedies.

Marijke has everything, She’s popular, beautiful, track-star, and she
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
There aren't many books that I am able to finish within a day, but this one...this one was definitely one of them. Just Like The Movies is very lighthearted and sweet.

The friendship created between Marijke and Lily was honest and charming. It was probably my favorite part of the entire book. It absolutely crushed me when their friendship hit a bump in the road because of all the things around them started traveling down hill. But like true friends, they rekindled and things ended up like a happ
Aug 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, ya, romance
This is a story that'll make you smile. If you want a quick and easy read guaranteed to be full of cute romance and fun friendships, I think you'll enjoy it. Just like any teen movie these days, from the meet cute to the dramatics of teenagers, overall it's a sweet story. Turn off your brain and have fun! ...more
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
It's nor a particulary good book tbh.
I liked the premise and I hoped for something at least vaguely similar to Holly Bourne's "it only happens in the movies". It wasn't. It was boring and it made me eye roll more than I care to admit since I did finish it after all.
This book fails Bechdel Test miserably and the older I get the more annoyed I get when I see it.
The characters are not developed enogh for the readers to care about them - all we know about Joe it that he likes morocross and has green
A. Meyer
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I recommend this book to anyone who likes Romance. It is a good quality book, not too long not to0 short. It was the type of book that encourages you to keep reading. I gave this book an A+ grade.
Michael Kott
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jake-zoe
I really liked the chemistry between the two girls and how they started out, one popular, the other not so much. And they came together nicely and believably. The POV switch from chapter to chapter, Marijke (Ma-ray-kuh) to Lily, was nicely done and it turned out to be a very readable novel and great story. Too bad it rarely happens in real life.
Jen Ryland
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: june-2014
Overall, I enjoyed Just Like the Movies, a book that gently pokes fun at the way girls and women have unrealistic romantic expectations from watching rom coms (and reading romantic books?)

The story is told from two POV's. Marijke Morris is a track star with an adorable musician boyfriend. But she's not happy -- she's insecure in her relationship and, as a result, hasn't made some important life decisions, like where she's going to college. Lily doesn't want to be anything like her mom, a single
Ashley (Loves Books)
Mar 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
***a version of this review will post to Ashley Loves Books at a later date.***

I’m not going to tell you this is a deep book, one that makes you think and ponder—but you shouldn’t really pick up a book about emulating and recreating romantic movie scenes if you’re really looking for that. It’s a bit fluffy, a lot romantic and fun with just the right amount of surprise and tenderness to really make it a solid contemporary.

Marijke’s boyfriend was probably one of my favourite characters. I was not
Jeff Raymond
I came away from this book somewhat frustrated. In a lot of ways, it's a really solid YA teen romance read, and the concept behind it is solid. It reminded me quite a bit of a few of the recent reads in this genre that I've read, which was great. My complaint is more about how it never really reaches the concept that it presents in a way I'd expect.

The short answer on this is that the book is about a couple girls who aren't so lucky in the love department and end up trying to woo their crushes u
Kelly Hager
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You know how after you watch a really good romantic comedy, you just kind of smile and sigh? That was my exact reaction after I finished this.

I really liked Kelly Fiore's debut novel, Taste Test, and the second I heard about this one, I knew it was likely to become a favorite of mine.

I love movies and am a huge fan of romantic comedies and things that are based around them (like this book and also The Mindy Project).

The best part of this is the developing friendship between Lily and Marijke. The
Brandy Painter
I enjoyed the concept of this book and how the ideas the girls had to make their lives more like the movies played out. It was very genuine and I appreciated how their developing friendship and different personalities were shown. The book is in first person and switches between their points of view. I liked both main characters for different reasons and appreciated how their stories turned out. I did feel like Lily's ending was rushed and didn't make quite as much sense. We just didn't get enoug ...more
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
The story follows two girls, Marijke and Lily, as they struggle to find a balance between the love lives and everyday life. They concoct a plan to live their lives like a movie, with bold and spontaneous moves. The question is, how far are they willing to go to get what they want? This book tells the story of two girls from different worlds who meet under unusual circumstances. Sound familiar? Right, so many YA books contain a similar plot. This one, however, does not follow your typical script. ...more
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a super cute funny read about two girls, Marijke and Lily who both go to the same school, but aren't friends. That is until both of them happen to be at a showing of the Titanic movie at their local theater.

Marijke has had a boyfriend, Tommy for nearly one year. Marijke is happy with this relationship, the only problem is that Tommy hasn't said those three words that every wants to hear "I love you." In comparison Lily has never had a boyfriend because she has been too busy volunteeri
Caryn Caldwell
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
When popular Marijke and under-the-radar Lily have a chance meeting outside of school, they discover that they have two things in common: they're both pining for guys who don't seem to reciprocate their feelings, and they both love the idea of happily-ever-afters. They vow to help each other achieve movie-like love, but it turns out that life is a lot less predicable than their favorite films.

This was a fun, fast-paced romantic comedy with interesting, life-like characters and a wonderful depth.
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jumanji
This was a super cute and quick read! Marijke, a runner who makes it to states, and Tommy, her gorgeous and coveted guitar playing boyfriend have been dating forever. Marijke is jealous of all the attention that Tommy get and while she trusts him, she doesn't trust him. Lily has always been more mature than most of her peers because she has had to raise her brother, due to her mom always being on the lookout for love. From the first time she saw him she's been in love with Joe Lombardi. When Mar ...more
Alicia Evans
I really liked the premise for this book and I was sad and frustrated with how it progressed. I had hoped the girls would learn something and be able to grow, which they did do to some extend. For one girl's story, there wasn't a lot of connecting the dots to form a strong sense on conclusion. And for the other girl's story, she continued to be in a relationship that was unhealthy on both sides, even after freeing herself from it for a time. I liked it once the girls met and I loved their friend ...more
Apr 20, 2016 rated it liked it
So nothing is really wrong with this book, I just didn't connect with it.

Some of my reader fails:
Marijke is the name of one of the main girls and I stumbled over it each time I read it. This probably isn't fair of me since I name my characters out-there names, but alas, I think I understand the issue now. Another thing it highlighted was the alternating POV. I usually LOVE this, another thing I do in my books, but bc it was two mc girls it took away from the love story for me... And I'm kind o
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