It Only Happens in the Movies-Book Review

34564400Audrey 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.


It Only Happens in the Movies by 

Holly Bourne


Author: Holly Bourne

Pages: 410

Publishing Date: October 1st, 2017

Publisher: Usborne Publishing


I was looking for cute, light and quick books as so many things are going on in life, I am in the right mood to read books which take time. So I asked for suggestions on my Instagram, and one girl suggested this book. I knew about it but it never intrigued me. I have this weird feeling when I see a book and know that no Fizah don’t read it. I tried to not follow my gut feeling a couple of time and it didn’t go well. But seeing this girl’s enthusiasm and the way she defines to me why I should read it, I was convinced.

“Love isn’t just a feeling. Love is a choice too. And you may not be able to help your feelings, but you are responsible for the choices you make about what to do with them.” 

Maybe Spoilers

The story is about a girl whose parents got divorced but her mother is still not in right mental state, her boyfriend dumped him due to SOME reason. She started a job in a cinema for taking a break from home, found a guy who is known as a playboy, fall in love, on and off, solve that SOME problem, stood against her father, boyfriend cheated on her, some cheesy stuff, then a forced attempt of not cliche ending which is a cliche.

Spoilers end

When I realized that this book has zombies in it, I knew it’s not going right.

Everything was forced in the book every relation, characters, friendships, dialogues, chemistry EVERYTHING. Nothing made sense to me. I am so angry on myself, I wasted my precious time reading it instead of working on my research proposal, which is a big deal for me these days. So I won’t waste much time on Ranting.

The writing is creepy and cringe-worthy, Again this YA was full of sex, even world sex and kiss is used so many times that if you’ll remove it you’ll have to read a good amount of less pages. The way the author totally explains everything about that, it made me so uncomfortable. In some parts family drama entered with BOOM, in other parts, too many supporting characters were used as fillers.

“All I’m saying is, love changes over time. No person is ever perfect for another person”

Audrey was confused and stupid, Harry was creepy and ridiculous, other characters were so lame.

I am giving it 2 stars only for those short parts where the cliche things only happen in movies were defined.

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15 Comments Add yours

  1. Bookworms corner blog spot says:

    I do think that some books marketed as YA should actually be NA. This doesn’t sound like my type of book and I am grateful for your honest review.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I agree…They really should focus on putting books in a genre…Thank you 🙂


  2. Empress DJ says:

    Shuck – sorry it wasn’t appealing to you

    Liked by 1 person

    1. It was worse than that.


  3. nicolepyles says:

    Aw bummer – I thought the cover looked charming.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. This pretty cover deceived me -_-


  4. Gemma Jackson says:

    Oh dear sorry this was such a miss. I hope your next read is better.
    Gemma @ Gemma’s Book Nook

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I hope so…It was such a scary experience.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. I’ve seen so many reviews for this book, all being low scores too. It sounds so good though and looks good too. Disappointing.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. It sounds good and looks good were the reason I decided to read it…I never recommend it to anyone.


  6. Bewitched Reader says:

    I’m sorry this one was disappointing. It sounded really cute.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Title is so pretty and it sounded cute…But it betrayed me hard.


  7. Gross. It sounds like it was worse than a book betrayal. Even NA isn’t going to want this one…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Exactly…It was a torture.


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