Holly Bourne is an author I’ve seen so much about in the last few years, but have never actually managed to pick up one of her books.
The first chapter of It Only Happens In the Movies was one of the samplers I picked up at YALC, and I was definitely interested in reading it. So when I saw on Twitter that it was only 99p on Kindle and iBooks, I was on it like a car bonnet, and snapped it up as soon as I could.
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… YA star Holly Bourne tackles real love in this hugely funny and poignant novel.
This book was… basically perfect. It was funny, it was real, it had characters who were so believable and far from perfect. It had realistic sibling relationships and friendships that are strong enough to withstand one member acting like a knob for months. It had dissections of movie tropes and a romance that felt so real, so achingly real, that I was swept up in it.
I have very little negative to say about this book. I might have enjoyed it more if I were more of a film buff, because I really didn’t know half the time what was a real film and what was a fake film in the book. Cinema Paradiso was discussed, and I know that’s real, but Dicky Curtisfield is clearly a pisstake of Richard Curtis. And yet Love, Actually was mentioned, so Richard Curtis clearly also exists in this universe? I was slightly bewildered by that.
But that is a minor, minor quibble in a book which I really very thoroughly enjoyed. I would have liked more of Audrey’s friendships to shine through, as I’ve heard that’s something Holly Bourne does very well, but I guess that just means I’m going to have to read the Spinster Club books.
Also, there were zombies in this book. Who doesn’t like a few zombies to spice things up!
It Only Happens In The Movies is *still* only 99p on Amazon and iBooks, and honestly, if you’re not buying it right now, you are missing out.