Just Like the Movies

Just Like the Movies

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Pretty, popular Marijke Monti and over-achieving nerd-girl Lily Spencer have little in common--except that neither feels successful when it comes to love. Marijke can't get her boyfriend to say "I love you" and Lily can't get a boyfriend at all. When the girls end up at a late night showing of Titanic, sniffling along with the sinking ship, they realize that their love lives could--and should--be better. Which sparks an idea: Why can't life be like a movie? Why can't they create perfect romantic situations? Now they have a budding friendship and a plan--to act out grand gestures and get the guys of their dreams. It seems like fun at first, but reality turns out to be much more complicated, and they didn't take into account that finding true love usually requires finding yourself first.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 275 pages
  • 149 x 215 x 22mm | 376g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 161963354X
  • 9781619633544
  • 1,413,749

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"These characters are just plain likable. They're complex and interesting, and earned sympathy goes a long way toward making the book such an enjoyable read . . . Big on charm, Fiore's sophomore novel is a solid entry in the genre it clearly loves." --Kirkus Reviews

"A lot of fun, and Fiore (Taste Test) also works in some girl-power advice about not letting a boy become one's whole life." --Publishers Weekly

"Fiore's latest novel is sweet enough to make readers want to revisit Lloyd Dobler's iconic romance in the seminal teen film, Say Anything, and plan their own grand gestures of love." --School Library Journal

"This novel will appeal most to girls looking for a sweet and uncomplicated teen romance. It will find a ready audience in most school and public libraries." --VOYA

"Fiore engagingly promotes female self-respect and personal growth . . . Cute boys and plentiful kisses will appeal, and teen readers, particularly of the female variety, will likely relate to the belief that with just the right orchestration and execution of an interaction, undeniable mutual love will reveal itself." --BCCB

"Has enough spice to keep readers feasting all the way through. . . . contestants may lose, but readers won't." --Kirkus Reviews, on Taste Test

"The perfect recipe for love!" --Fabio Viviani, Top Chef Season 5 favorite and Top Chef All Star, on Taste Test
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About Kelly Fiore

Kelly Fiore is the author of Taste Test. When she's not writing, you can find her in the kitchen, trying new recipes and rocking out to Def Leppard. A former high school English teacher, Kelly lives in Maryland with her husband and son.
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Rating details

1,191 ratings
3.78 out of 5 stars
5 28% (339)
4 32% (384)
3 30% (356)
2 8% (92)
1 2% (20)

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Just Like the Movies is definitely one of those books that ended up surprising me while I was reading. I went into the book thinking that it was going to be a fantastic and charming romance - and it definitely was that! - but I also got a great story on what it means to look beyond romance and cute boys, and how you can find yourself in the process. Both Marijke and Lilly have cute romantic love interests, but are also able to find strength and empowerment in their own lives, in a way that makes this more than just a cute summer read. I highly recommend this book for YA contemporary fans, but also for educators and parents who are looking for a fantastic and thoughtful book that's both fun for readers and also has some great life lessons. This is the book that you want to give to your best girlfriends, and the younger and older women in your life, so you can laugh, cry and swoon over this story together.show more
by Jessamyn Y Huang
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