This Is Not a Love Scene: A Novel

This Is Not a Love Scene: A Novel

by S. C. Megale


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"This Is Not A Love Scene rings brilliantly true from the first page to the last." —David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author

Funny, emotional, and refreshingly honest, S.C. Megale’s This is Not a Love Scene is for anyone who can relate to feeling different while navigating the terrifying and thrilling waters of first love.

Lights, camera—all Maeve needs is action. But at eighteen, a rare form of muscular dystrophy usually stands in the way of romance. She's got her friends, her humor, and a passion for filmmaking to keep her focus off consistent rejection...and the hot older guy starring in her senior film project.

Tall, bearded, and always swaying, Cole Stone is everything Maeve can't be. And she likes it. Between takes, their chemistry is shockingly electric.

Suddenly, Maeve gets a taste of typical teenage dating life, but girls in wheelchairs don’t get the hot guy—right? Cole’s attention challenges everything she once believed about her self-image and hopes for love. But figuring this out, both emotionally and physically, won't be easy for either of them. Maeve must choose between what she needs and what she wants, while Cole has a tendency to avoid decisions altogether. And the future might not wait for either.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250190499
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 506,565
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 3.10(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

S. C. MEGALE is an author and filmmaker. She's been profiled in USA Today, The Washington Post, and New York Newsday, and has appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” and the CBS Evening News for her philanthropic and literary work. As a humanitarian, she's spoken on the USS Intrepid, at the NASDAQ opening bell, and to universities and doctors nationwide. She enjoys making connections all over the world.

Megale was raised in the long grass of the Civil War, hunting for relics and catching fireflies along the banks of Bull Run. A shark tooth, flutes, and a flask are some of the items that hang from her wheelchair, and she had a fear of elevators until realizing this was extremely inconvenient. She lives with her family which includes her parents, sister and brother, service dog, and definitely-not-service dog.

This is Not a Love Scene is her first published novel.

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This Is Not a Love Scene: A Novel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
SaraOxo 15 days ago
This Is Not A Love Scene by S.C. Megale a four-star read that will set the scene. This was a great story; I adored some the characters, but some others lacked a little something and some I wondered why they were even in the story. But overall well done to the author for giving us a compelling story that didn’t make me love Maeve all the time just because she lives with a disability, I do find that at times disabled characters are portrayed as too nice and understanding all the time, and that’s not life, living with a disability doesn’t make you an angel. But that being said it does show you the reality behind living with a disability the dark moments that make life harder, that’s why I’m giving this four-stars, as at times I struggled to give it any.
Katie__B 15 days ago
3.5 stars I went into this one with low expectations because the early reviews were mixed, but I ended up enjoying the story quite a bit. I wouldn't say the main character is my favorite person in the world, but I did appreciate a glimpse into the life of someone with muscular dystrophy. The strengths of the book were seeing how the character dealt with things most kids her age don't have to worry about as well as seeing how her family was affected as well. Eighteen year old Maeve loves film making and guys. Unfortunately, most boys her age don't seem to give her a second glance because she is in a wheelchair. However, maybe her luck is changing as one of the actors in her senior film project, Cole, appears to be interested in her. But maybe the chemistry they share will end up amounting to nothing. Or maybe love is in Maeve's future. Who knows? You probably should just read the book to find out! Maeve is a bit awkward, comes on too strong, and has other flaws just like any other person in the world but I never felt she was annoying, it was more sometimes she made me cringe. I tried to give her the benefit of the doubt when it came to certain situations because I think not knowing what the future had in store for her factored into some of her behavior. I've been going back and forth trying to decide if Cole needed to be more fully developed as a character or if it was a realistic portrayal of a teenage boy. Maybe it's a bit of both. I just wish I understood him better but then again it's not like when I was in school I ever solved the mystery of teenage boys. Teenagers are weird, that's for sure. I did enjoy this one even if it wasn't a perfect read. On a side note, I thought what the author wrote in the Acknowledgments about her brother was beautiful and it made me tear up. I won a free advance copy of this book in a giveaway but was under no obligation to post a review. All views expressed are my honest opinion.
lauriesophee 15 days ago
A young girl in HS looking for a boyfriend, seems as if it is an everyday story. The only difference is Maeve is in a wheelchair and growing weaker each day. She only wants to live her life to the very fullest and experience what her friends are partaking in. This is a story of friendship, maturity, love and hurt. An interesting read that the teenage years will savor!
onemused 15 days ago
"This Is Not a Love Scene" follows Maeve, who lives her life in a wheelchair due to a form of muscular dystrophy. Maeve is eighteen, and what she really wants is a boyfriend. She feels like she cannot beat around the bush, so she is very, directly and intensely flirty with pretty much all guys. She is in a filming class with her best friends, and they are working on a film together. When she communicates with one of the actors, he seems to be super into her- sometimes. Maeve navigates life and love in this novel about what it feels like to have a visual disability. She is not perfect, nor does she want to be- she doesn't want to represent people who have disabilities; she just wants to live her life in peace, preferably with a boyfriend. A big thing for Maeve is knowing people who don't just see her for her disability but for who she really is. The strongest part of this book is how Maeve could be the same character with or without her disability- she is not defined by this and wants others not to define her by it also. On the other side, Cole was a hard to like character. I was never sure of his motives, and they really seemed so far out there that I did not really understand why Maeve liked him. This could have been helped by having some chapters from his perspectives, so that he did not seem so flat as a character. While the book is largely about Maeve, I felt like the ending left a need for us to see some kind of character growth from Cole also. There are also some tucked-into-the-ending issues that I would have liked more time to process and resolve, such as suicide, hoarding disorder, and child abuse. They felt a little rushed into the book, and I felt like they deserved bigger/more treatment. Overall, I loved the portrayal of Maeve as so real and flawed but whole. I would have liked more attention to the love interest (since this is a big theme of the book) and to the ending issues. I am giving it 3.5 stars but rounding up to 4. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.