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The Movie Version

3.29  ·  Rating details ·  311 ratings  ·  111 reviews
A whip-smart, heart-wrenching debut YA novel about first love, first loss, and filmmaking that will delight fans of Jandy Nelson and Jennifer Niven

In the movie version of Amelia’s life, the roles have always been clear. Her older brother, Toby: definitely the Star. As popular with the stoners as he is with the cheerleaders, Toby is someone you’d pay ten bucks to watch
368 pages
Published October 11th 2016 by Amulet Books
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Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

2016 has honestly been such a good year for YA.
There are so many books about topics that would never have been published even a couple years ago. Obviously we still have a long way to go with representation, etc. but I think we're heading in the right direction. The Movie Version is one of the books that gives some insight into the life of a girl whose brother suffers from a mental illness.

This review will be short and sweet, since it's spoiler free! Oh, and before, trigger
Jun 24, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, kindle, e-book, netgalley
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Why this book?

Seemed like a book for me

What I thought

Being someone with the same illness as Toby's I found this book insulting. Amelia seems so ashamed of her bother and it really pissed me off. She acted like he will never would be normal again which isn't true. This also made me dislike Amelia even though I liked her in the first half of the book. As for the romance it was so awkward, especially the way Amelia exp/>What/>Why
"Terrific? That's not how to describe Toby. He's charming and brilliant and bright and shiny. Toby is the movie star is his own movie! In all our movies!"

Amelia hero-worships her older brother, Toby, and always has. But here's the thing about building idols: when they falter, your world might come crashing down along with them. For Amelia, this moment comes when her brother starts exhibiting signs of a serious mental illness. She finds herself entirely unprepared to deal with the new reality.
With that cover, title, and synopsis, I went into this book thinking it was going to be some fluff and minor teenage angst that was probably blown way out of proportion. I was not expecting mental illness.

I didn't click with Amelia. Her inner monologue is much younger than her 17 years. She's quite awkward and whiny and a little selfish. Most of that can be attributed to teenage stuff, but it got repetitive hearing her struggle with how Toby's illness was going to make her look. And I absolutel
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Things I loved about this book in no particular order: the movie references (I may not have understood all of them, but quoting films is something I do a lot IRL, so it felt very realistic!), best friends who care about you (I adored Ray and her actual cinnamon bun selling job), sibling relationships, reading about how a mental illness affects everyone around the sufferer, sex scenes that weren't romanticised and Abdi, who was kind of like Abed from 'Community' (maybe it's not a coincidence that ...more
Olivia & Lori (The Candid Cover)
DNF at 35%

The main character is so whiny and everyone is always on drugs. There was also this very graphic scene with the main character's preppy boyfriend and that's where I stopped. I just cannot relate to this book at all. The fact that the main character is so dislikable was a real turn off. Just not for me.
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
Jul 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
Full detailed review on my blog : Word Wonders

*I was provided an eArc of this book by the publishers through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*

What I was led to believe -and actually believed- and what this book actually was are 2 things on different ends of a spectrum, which in this case was a big issue. When I read the blurb for this book and requested it I expected to read a fun, cute contemporary with a strong sibling bond as well as a little romance maybe? What I got was a book about
Kristy Mauna
Another book I DNF at about 40%.. I always feel bummed out about not being able to finish a book, but I've been so busy lately that I'm in this "life's too short to read books you don't like" mindset. So, I just couldn't finish this one. It was not for me.

The Movie Version started off interesting. We meet Amelia and her brother, Toby, as they are ditching class to get high. Which brings you to believe this book is going to center around their relationship. . . Which it did for the most part and/>The
Jul 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley

This was a "heart on your sleeve" type of story about a teenage girl and her struggle to accept her older brother's recently diagnosed mental illness. The book, cut into two, relates the 'before" and "after" with snippets of movie scripts that relate Amelia's memories/dreams. The true heart and soul of this novel is the sibling relationship between Amelia and Toby. I have a younger brother and could totally relate to the love and loyalty that Amelia feels towards Toby. Especially when
The Blonde Bookworm
A touching read! I was pleasantly surprised by how much I became attached to the characters. Amelia's character grew exponentially throughout the story and her family began to learn how strong she was. I loved the importance of mental illness in the novel. I felt like her brothers illness was portrayed well with the proper respect. Although it was not my typical read, I did enjoy this novel. I would highly recommend this novel to readers who enjoy YA contemporary novels.
Sep 19, 2016 rated it liked it
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The Movie Version is a great novel about so many different things, it’s one of those books where the author cleverly uses the passions of the protagonist as a way of telling a more serious tale with a much deeper message.

Amelia is obsessed with movies and so she has always imagined the movie version of her life. She has always been in a happy and content situation which meant she always knew who played what role in her life. Her older brother Toby is the sta
Regina Scarborough
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Melissa (BookNerdMomo)
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I received this eARC via the publisher from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
All quotes are from the ARC and subject to change.

This book wasn’t great but it wasn’t terrible. I had moments while reading where I was enjoying it and then moments where I absolutely couldn’t stand what was happening or how the main character was acting. The fact of the matter is that the synopsis is extremely misleading – it doesn’t highlight the fact that this book is about mental illness, instead it made it seem l/>

Laura (midorireads)
I'm not quite sure what I was expecting when I requested this book...obviously the title had me thinking it'd be something involving real-life, and then the "movie version" of this life would be the better, more exciting/interesting on. But this wasn't the superficial fluff I'd excepted, though sure, it was still very superficial in that dramatic way that is stereotypically teenaged.

If I were to sum up the synopsis of The Movie Version, I'd basically just be telling you that it's about MC Amelia (or 'Meals as she's c'
"Are you alive?" Ray calls.

"Bleck blech bleeeeck!" I respond.

How I felt about this book, honestly.

Amelia has recently returned from a summer away in Montauk, babysitting. As she's welcomed home, she immediately notices her brother, Toby, acting peculiar. Too bad, she has a preppy prep-school boyfriend, who lives in NYC, and she prefers to view life in The Movie Version way because it's much more glamorous. I mean, who wouldn't, right? Right.

So while on a casual rend
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Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was excellent I enjoyed the mental health representation the only thing I didn’t enjoy was the way that they describe the main characters first sexual experience it was super clinical
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Going into The Movie Version I didn't really know what to expect, from the author as well as the book in general, I just knew the synopsis drew me in and I had to know more. When I began reading I initially liked the relationship between Amelia and Toby, how they were there for each other, knew what the other wanted, and especially loved the movie quotes where they randomly said a quote and waited for the other to correctly name where it was from.

Now before I get to the actual review part,
Sep 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Review also found at

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  The expected publication is October 11th. 2016.

I wish I liked this story more than I did.  In concept I should have.  A story about mental illness written for the YA genre which is a very important and serious topic that deserves to have light shed on it and the stigma of it removed.  A good message to deliver to this demographic.

My is
Kim Zarins
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This was a really great debut. I enjoyed the early chapters and backstory showing the fun connection between Amelia and Toby through shenanigans and their shared passion in movies. As the plot unfolds, that obsession with movies became something of an inspiration and increasingly something of a hang-up for Amelia. She keeps holding her brother to a standard she’s always wanted for herself, casting him in a star role she’d never give herself. She’s conditioned herself to always choosing—or wantin ...more
falling asleep reading
Yikes. Let me keep this simple.

What I liked:

-movie loving main character !!!
-movie references
-movie script style flashbacks

Basically I loved the whole movie element.

What I disliked:

-the author using mental illness as a plot device??
-misleading synopsis
-the way everyone in this book reacted when they found out a character had a mental illness...disgusting

Karen Barber
Aug 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received a copy of this via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The constant film referencing might appeal to some readers, but I found it a bit of an in-joke that I soon found tiring.
Aside from that, this story of Amelia, her brother Toby, their family and friends and how they cope when Toby is diagnosed with schizophrenia was an interesting read. Amelia tries her hardest to support Toby, but sometimes making the decision about how to support someone isn't always obvious. ...more
Sep 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
i received a copy of this book from netgalley and amulet books, so thanks to them! this book was really sad and really, really real. I like that it's called the movie version, but it showed anything but that perfect lens on reality.

full review up here!
Oct 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was an interesting book - it had a schizophrenic character, which was interesting to read about, but overall, I wasn't blown away by this book. The characters fell flat for me and the story didn't reach the depth I was hoping for. However, it was an overall enjoyable read.
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, meh
Finally finished the (censored word) book
Maya Oppong
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was real. Extremely real.
It felt raw and Amelia felt like and actual person, that I'd actually meet, in my actual life. She wasn't a stereotype and not over complex. She was reflection of the entire novel. Simple. Amelia is just an awkward, nice,lonely, and weird girl who likes movies. She has two friends- Ray and Muppet. She adores her smart and suave older brother Toby.

When Toby is diagnosed, Amelia takes it extremely hard, she isn't so calm and cool anymore. A lot
Becca  ☾☁︎⋆ (
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA readers (be wary, this book can be triggering for mental illnesses)
Review first written on

I'm always for a YA Book in the Springtime (and almost Summer!) so The Movie Version sounded like a breath of fresh air. The book starts with Amelia, our heroine, coming home from a while away over the Summer. It's more than obvious that Amelia is a strikingly honest character from the get-go. She knows in the Movie Version of her life, her brother Toby is the shining star. He's everything that she's not; popular and ever-so-charming. He
Paddy Gillespie
This was certainly an interesting book. Overall, it's a fairly typical YA book with the main difference having to do with mental health (which is all I will say so as not to spoil anything). Not knowing anything about the topic, I think they handled it fairly well in its depiction. That being said, the majority of the characters were not very likable. The parents seemed very caught up in their own world and made the tough choice (but puzzling one) to keep the younger brothers completely in the d ...more
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Feb 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book was just awful. A somewhat interesting plot gets bogged down by overly simple writing and an unlikeable, unrealistic narrator with a fixation on her older brother. Terrible writing (every single sex scene was literally: "he put his penis inside me") and such a juvenile, immature tone that I had a hard time believing the MC wasn't actually 14 (or younger).

All it is is page after page of hero worship on the part of our Main Character, Amelia, and then an inability to deal whe
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