It Only Happens in the Movies
The greatest love story ev ...more
A short, by no means definitive list of just some of the literally innumerable awesome things this book contains:
- feminist criticism of romcoms
- a takedown of the bit in The Fault in Our Stars when the characters' steamy makeout happens in the Anne Frank House
- a screaming rant against the line "not like other girls"
- a powerful, badass, damaged heroine who heals herself
- and a bunch of satisfying scenes in which that heroine screams and/or gets her ...more
The story was about challenging the notion of romantic-comedies or romantic movies in general. How it is not realistic, giving women false sense of security or hope and calling out the misogynistic viewpoints that are ingrained in our society.
This is exactly the type of book young girls should be reading and I love that Holly Bourne always challenges particula ...more
“You can’t help your feelings. But you can choose what to do about them.
I am literally standing up right now, wildly clapping my hands in frenzied adoration and reverence to that most wonderful, powerful conclusion to a supposedly romantic story. Seriously. I could still feel goosebumps all over. Just *sighs*
But wait, did I just say romantic? I guess I did even though the main purpose of the book is to contradict everything about romantic movies. It’s actually a blatant deconstruc ...more
this story is about what is essentially audrey's senior year of high school (i say essentially cause hoe is british) and the life changes that are happening to her. her father has left her mother for another woman. her brother is away at uni. her ex dumped her pretty savagely. and there's a new guy at work that she's kind of crushing on.
unfortunately, the most satisfying part of this book is also the ...more
I think it's fair to say that Holly Bourne has fast-tracked her way to the title of my favourite YA contemporary author as this is the second book by her that I have enjoyed in recent days.
I love rom-coms. They are my absolute favourite type of film to watch. My personal favourites are any of those Richard Curtis ones with Hugh Grant playing a foppishly dashing leading man! Heck my dog is even named after a dog from a rom-com (Brinkley in You've ...more
5 PERFECT STARS!
Trigger Warning: Mental Health, Substance Abuse, possible Self Harm
To begin, I got this in my bookboxclub subscription and for the month of November I've only been reading books from my subscriptions. I've found some really really good reads and this is 1000000% included! Honestly I'm so surprised by how much I enjoyed this.
What I liked so much is how it challenges the representation of romance throughout films (I'm also going to include books as well) and how ...more
Anyway, overall I thought it was a great reflection on all things relationship, first love, betrayal ...more
Audrey is tired of romance movies after her parents dealing with their messy divorce. In her final year of studies before going to Uni, she lives alone with her Mum who is mentally struggling to cope with all of the stress. To save some money up, Audrey finds work at a local cinema and meets Harry who loves making his movies. Both have some hidden secrets of their own that over time, start to be revealed as important life decisions have to be made... The p ...more
I’m happy to announce, though, that It Only Happens in the Movies was delightful, and my cover buy paid off. And now I have yellow books to use in my pictures, so it’s a win all round really.
Not only does Audrey have a pretty difficult home life (thanks to her dad for leaving their ...more
Why love is never like the movies?
So apparently love and romance aren’t like the movies! Surprise surprise!!
Ladies and gentlemen welcome to the book that deal with true life romance, with all its highs and lows. Without sugarcoating it. Without showing you the happy fluffy side of things only. This book show you true life romance. It shows you how to choose yourself, to love yourself first. Something many girls would relate to.
Because you always leave a little piece of ...more
5 stars !!
This book got me !! I was all over the place: happy, sad, feeling butterflies, laughing out loud, the pain and embarasment. It got it all! This book was good and sad at the same time and well written! I couldn't stop reading!
- warning tearjerker -
“Shit, I'm sorry. I'm so sorry," I yelped.
Harry was rubbing his jaw. "What was that?"
My keys were in my fingers, my back was to him. I fumbled with the lock. I had to get out of here. Oh my God, I'd tried to ...more
Audreys character was a bit annoying at the beginning, she changed her whole life just to avoid her ex-boyfriend. Its not something I can imagine doing myself.
To be honest for about 50 pages I was hating this book. There were two possible endings and I absolutely loved the one she went with. If she did anything else I would have no faith in Ho ...more
First off, I am a hardcore lover of romance movies, books, shows etc. So, you might be wondering why a girl like me would even pick up a book that smacks down the notion of romance movies and how they can be full of empty promises and realistic scenarios. Well, this is exactly what intrigues me, as I'll be the first to admit that 90% of romance movies are a tad unrealistic but I think that's what makes me love them. As a sucker for a ...more
I was super excited when I heard there was a new Holly Bourne book coming out, because the Spinster Club trilogy is absolutely phenomenal and I love everything about it. So I jumped straight into this one, hoping for more of the same.
And I did kind of get more of the same. But I also...didn't. There's definitely plenty of feminism here. Audrey's sick of the classic ...more
I love the cover. I love the concept. I love the movie tie-ins. I love that this ended how it should have. I love that it subverts the tropes.
Ultimately its necessary. Stories like this are needed to shed a light on healthy relationships.
All that being said...I still felt torn. Maybe it's the conditioning...I don't know.
Like I said, it's been a month and I still seek resolution. Full RT ...more
I'm so sorry for never writing a decent review on this book and not being able to now. How could I, having forgotten so many of the little things I loved about this novel?
I do remember I loved the author mentioning all the cliches we see in movies and then using them, in one way or another, to steer her characters. It Only Happens at the Movies isn't a typical, predictable contemporary read at all - not as far as I ...more
I love this.
BUT IT MAKES ME SO ANGRY.
LIKE . . . thoughts. . . what are they???
This book showed actual REAL relationships in REAL life and important things that I quibble over in contemporaries:
- [x] not everyone was a relationship expert at age 17 and hsgbldfghbbgfjfdb.
- [x] About how cliches are bs and never actually happen in real life.
- [x] Not everyone has everything figured out at 17-19!!!!!!!!!
- [x] People have shit going on in their lives.
- [x] basically this book was perfect fo ...more
I think I really enjoyed it but I might change my mind/rating tomorrow morning....
more thoughts soon!
Nope, I’m gonna leave the five star rating! I really loved this book and the movie parts in between! Definitely a recommendation
"Romance films are money-spinning cathedrals of
love, wobbling on the foundations of unbelievable
and damaging stereotypes."
‘It Only Happens In The Movies’ is one of my most anticipated read of 2017. It has a fresh take on romantic comedies and tackles all the clichés like a pro. It is different than anything else I have read and smashes the misogyny and sexism deeply ingrained in the society.
Each chapter starts off with a movie trope (like a bad boy who ch...more
Well what can I say? This was probably my most anticipated book of the year and Holly Bourne is my favourite author so there was definitely a lot to live up to! I was counting down the days until publication day, but managed to grab an early copy from her London Piccadilly book launch last week (which was so fun and I got the chance to meet so many other book bloggers!) and devoured It Only Happens In The Movies in o ...more
Inspired by what she saw, she started writing teen fiction, including the best-selling, award-winni ...more