Hi guys! I’m back again with another book review. This time it’s about the book It Only Happens In The Movies, by Holly Bourne. A YA, romance novel that I read in three days.

I’m trying something different this time, with the 14 bullet-point review. I like making lists so why not make a list of the review.

First of, the synopsis from Goodreads: 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… The greatest love story ever told doesn’t feature kissing in the snow or racing to airports. It features pain and confusion and hope and wonder and a ban on cheesy clichés. Oh, and zombies…

Also read: book review of Every Last Word

The book review of It Only Happens In The Movies

  1. I LOVED the main character, Aubrey. She has a lot of demons, but she’s also just a teenager and the author really mixes it well.
  2. At first, I disliked Harry, but I warmed up to him pretty quickly
  3. The setting in the movie theater is so fun!
  4. Also, the mention of all those old movies made me want to watch them to know what they were talking about.
  5. The relationship between Harry and Audrey is kind of weird in the beginning. She is so sure that she won’t fall in love, but then suddenly she is. It was too much aversion to make it kind of realistic for me.
  6. I felt so bad for Audrey with the whole family situation.
  7. The cringe-worthy character of Rosie was an added bonus. I like awkward situations ha!
  8. The author makes some fair points in this book about romcoms (though I’m not convinced they are bad at all 😉).
  9. There a very realistic sex scene in the book, which already makes it awesome.
  10. I like the realistic look on the child between the parents in a bad divorce. The feeling of having to take sides.
  11. I didn’t really understand the Leroy character and what he had to add to the story. He could’ve been left out.
  12. I’m happy the zombies were not really the main theme in the book. It was just enough zombie for me to take.
  13. Again, the book was SO realistic, in the family situation, the relationship, the teen angst, everything.
  14. THAT ENDING THOUGH. Did not expect it, but it was still very good.

There you have it. All in all, I really enjoyed the book. 4 out of 5 stars ⭐ is my final rating.

Do you like to read realistic books? Which realistic book would you recommend?