Title: It Only Happens in the Movies
Author: Holly Bourne
Audrey is over romance. Since her parents’ relationship imploded her mother’s been catatonic, so she takes a cinema job to get out of the house. But there she meets wannabe film-maker Harry. Nobody expects Audrey and Harry to fall in love as hard and fast as they do. But that doesn’t mean things are easy. Because real love isn’t like the movies…
I had been eyeing this book for a while before I finally decided to give it a go. The whole thing looked right up my alley YA contemporary wise and I was not let down.
Audrey is borderline cynical when it comes to movie romances, which is honestly refreshing, to get a different perspective on something everyone seems to love and not think too deeply about. But of course, throughout the book, Audrey is put to the test as the movie romance slowly begins to appear in her own life – in the form of Harry.
I really enjoyed this book. It had all the great qualities of a Young Adult contemporary, but also managed to get into some darker themes concerning drugs, alcohol and divorce. And in the center of it all is love. Teenage love at its best. With its ups and downs, misunderstandings, grand declarations and bittersweet reality.
I think what got to me the most was the horrifying aspect of Audrey’s parents’ divorce. It was brutal and so painful to read about, especially how it affected Audrey and the situation she was put in. It really sucks when grown people cannot act civil towards each other and work things out on their own without having to bring in their children to try and fix their mess *deep sigh*
Harry is the almost stereotypical player/bad boy that everyone warns you about not to get involved with, but of course he has a much gentler side to him, however it is usually corrupted by various kinds of substances that makes him unstable and more prone to making mistakes, some bigger than other.
Oh, and throughout the book they are filming a Zombie movie. I thought I should mention that.
Do I recommend this book?
I do. It’s a good book.
To those who enjoy YA and are not afraid of Zombies *wink wink*