Bad boys turned good, kisses in the rain, climbing through bedroom windows... It only happens in the movies. When Audrey meets Harry, it’s the start of a truly cinematic romance – or is it? Audrey knows that Harry is every movie cliché rolled into one. But she still chooses to let him into her heart...
Perfect for fans of John Green, It Only Happens in the Movies is a raw, intensely funny takedown of the lies we’re told about relationships.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Audrey is struggling with the wreckage of her parents’ traumatic divorce and a callous break-up of her own. She has given up on love, and we’re offered Audrey's enjoyably passionate denunciations on the happy-ever-after lies spread by movies and the media. Enter Harry. Armed with boyish charm and a rare talent for zombie filmmaking, he provides Holly’s anti-love stance a thorough test. Sharp, honest, and laugh-out-loud funny, Holly Bourne’s radiant novel offers a welcome twist on a regular YA romance.
Audrey Winters is off romance. Her mother is still suffering from her father's abrupt departure, and Audrey's not entirely over having "bought the I-lost-my-virginity-to-an-attractive-but-morally-bankrupt-asshole T-shirt." When she starts a new job at a fancy movie theater in Bridgely-upon-Thames, she recognizes coworker Harry as a charming flirt who hits on everyone. This doesn't make her immune to his charms, however, especially once she's starring in his zombie movie, a return to acting after her post-breakup retirement from high school theater. Seventeen-year-old Audrey is also working on a school project about romance movies, which she thinks encourage unsustainable relationship expectations. Alongside snippets of Audrey's rom-com essay, British author Bourne draws her protagonist as a believable mix of self-awareness and inexperience as she does her best to cope with her selfish father and hurting mother, her largely absent brother, and Harry's omnipresent ex. Audrey's struggles with whether to trust Harry and whether love is worth the pain it can cause are plausible, and though the book does fall prey to an old trope, with Audrey pitted against Harry's ex, it's a smart, funny, and emotionally satisfying rom-com. Ages 14 up. \n
It was really good, kinda funny in bits, but sad in others. Would recommend 😋
A must tead
This book will have you laughing crying and occasionally swearing, but above all it will have you look at your own choices in life. From romantic relationships to friendships to what films you like and what they say about you. A true to the heart book and I can’t recommend it enough.
This book really opened my eyes to relationships in real life, Sometimes things don’t always have a happily ever after and that’s ok. This book made me cry so much 💯 recommend.