Just Like in the Movies

Finished Just Like in the Movies by Kelly Fiore.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 every extracurricular activity and volunteer committee she could. But, at home, she watches her mother go on date after date with dud-dudes, still searching for “the one.” Lily realizes that she’s about to graduate and still hasn’t even had a boyfriend.

While they live on each other’s periphery at school, Lily and Marijke never seemed to have much in common; but, after a coincidental meeting at the movie theater, Lily gets an idea – why can’t life be like a movie? Why can’t they set up their perfect romantic situations, just in time for their senior prom, using movie techniques?

Once the girls come up with the perfect plans, they commit themselves to being secret cohorts and, just like in the movies, drama ensues.”

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.  They weren’t even acquaintances before, but by the end of the book they’re actual best friends.  I love stories about friendship and while the focus of this is ostensibly on romantic relationships, the real prize is the friendship there.

Another fun aspect is all the references to really famous romantic comedies!  They have the classics from my childhood (Sixteen Candles, Say Anything) and some newer ones (Easy A) and a lot more that I’m leaving as surprises for you.  (Sadly, there is not a Teen Witch reference, which made me sad.)

Even so, highly recommended.



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