Just Like the Movies (If Only... Series)

Just Like the Movies (If Only... Series)

by Kelly Fiore


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Pretty, popular Marijke Monti and over-achieving nerd-girl Lily Spencer have little in common—except that neither feels successful when it comes to love. Marijke can't get her boyfriend to say "I love you" and Lily can't get a boyfriend at all. When the girls end up at a late night showing of Titanic, sniffling along with the sinking ship, they realize that their love lives could—and should—be better. Which sparks an idea: Why can't life be like a movie? Why can't they create perfect romantic situations? Now they have a budding friendship and a plan—to act out grand gestures and get the guys of their dreams. It seems like fun at first, but reality turns out to be much more complicated, and they didn't take into account that finding true love usually requires finding yourself first.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781619633568
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 02/09/2016
Series: If Only... Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kelly Fiore is the author of Taste Test. When she's not writing, you can find her in the kitchen, trying new recipes and rocking out to Def Leppard. A former high school English teacher, Kelly lives in Maryland with her husband and son.



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Just Like the Movies 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
valercrazy More than 1 year ago
3.5/5 stars. If you would have asked me about 75 pages in if I thought I would end up liking this book, I would quickly have said “nope”. I was instantly turned off by one of the two narrators (I’ll explain why later) and I began dreading her chapters but I finally got past that and I’m glad that I did. I ended up liking this book and I actually ended up rooting for the narrator that I previously disliked. To begin, it takes some big kahunas to act out movie scenes for a guy; whether you are already dating him or are trying to attract his attention, it’s incredibly brave. I have to give it to these girls; they made a pact and followed it through. The story revolves around Marijke and Lily, two girls who are strangers until their chance meeting at the movie theater. Now, I am an avid movie watcher/goer which was probably what attracted me to the book and I loved that this all started at a movie theater. Kelly used a good mix of old and new movies as reference points for these girls and I really enjoyed them, especially the frequent 90’s references which all made me grin like crazy. I didn’t exactly love the way that the movies were tied in, I felt like they could have made a bigger impact, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Marijke and Lily are an interesting pair, they are complete opposites and strangers before their chance meeting but throughout the book a strong friendship is forged. This friendship is easily the best part of this book, everyone is so focused on finding a happily ever after that they forgo friends but their quest for love actually brought these two girls together. I’m not saying that it’s anywhere as good as the friendship in Open Road Summer but that is a nearly impossible standard to compare to. Their friendship was an accurate portrayal of friendships, they changed each other for the better and the worse; Marijke gave Lily a makeover which caused some identity issues but they also taught each other how to communicate and deal with situations. It was a give and take relationship which was interesting to read. Marijke. Marijke. Marijke. I was so frustrated with Marijke’s character when I first started this book, I wanted to smack her in the head so many times that I lost count. Her boyfriend Tommy, who can be the world’s biggest douchebag, was her world and she ended up trading her identity for that of “Tommy’s girlfriend”, effectively losing herself and her friends. She revolved around Tommy and she didn’t even realize that she lost everything that used to be important to her until Lily came into the picture, a true friend who wasn’t afraid to stand up to Marijke.  It got to the point where I didn’t want to read anymore but when I evaluated why, I realized that it was personal. It hit a little too close to home. I was in a relationship and it wasn’t good, I was consumed and I couldn’t even see. My friends would try to talk sense into me but I would never listen. I was Marijke but less athletic and vocal and annoying, I’d like to think. Since that relationship, I have been an advocate for smart dating and not dating just to date, especially not dating an attractive douchebag. I just took this situation so personally and when she kept forgiving him, I was more frustrated than I should have been. I understand that now. After that, I started to understand Marijke and I was so proud of her again and again, there was real growth in this book. Overall, I did really enjoy this book. It was a light read that went by fast with a great message that was weaved throughout the entire book. I loved the emphasis on friendship and the lessons that both girls learned along the way. There were some questionable things but as a whole, I really enjoyed this book.
Lisa-LostInLiterature More than 1 year ago
"My arms are already tired and I’ve been holding this speaker dock over my head for less than a minute. How did John Cusack do it with a boom box three times this size?" Just Like the Movies was exactly as adorable and fun as I thought it would be when I first laid eyes on that cover. Marijke and Lily are such opposite characters. Marijke is the popular girl in school with the hottest rock star boyfriend in school, while Lily is super quite, naive, and extremely shy, mostly unknown to her other classmates. Marijke and Lily meet by chance in a movie theater one night while Marijke is crying and overcome with relationship drama, and the two (oddly enough) decide to, together, attempt to win over their love interests by doing things they’ve both seen in movies. "Love, real love – it’s worth fighting for, you know? It’s worth doing everything you can to save it. Even if it means making a fool of yourself. Even if it means losing the person you love in the end. As long as you’ve really tried – well, then you know that you’ve done all you can." Maybe I’m totally dating myself here, but it was so fun remembering the love stories that I grew up on. From When Harry Met Sally to Say Anything, with several others in between. (If you haven’t watched these movies, you definitely should!!) This was a perfect beach read. It was a super quick and so much fun. I read the entire book in one day (which, as anyone who knows me will agree, is extremely uncommon for me) and loved every minute of it. If you’re looking for a great, silly and super fun read, this is definitely one worth reading.
CelesteP More than 1 year ago
Just Like the Movies is definitely one of those books that ended up surprising me while I was reading.  I went into the book thinking that it was going to be a fantastic and charming romance - and it definitely was that! - but I also got a great story on what it means to look beyond romance and cute boys, and how you can find yourself in the process. Both Marijke and Lilly have cute romantic love interests, but are also able to find strength and empowerment in their own lives, in a way that makes this more than just a cute summer read.  I highly recommend this book for YA contemporary fans, but also for educators and parents who are looking for a fantastic and thoughtful book that's both fun for readers and also has some great life lessons.  This is the book that you want to give to your best girlfriends, and the younger and older women in your life, so you can laugh, cry and swoon over this story together. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love love. Im like afrodities daughter