Just Like the Movies

Just Like the Movies : An If Only novel

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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
  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 17.78mm | 362g
  • Bloomsbury Childrens Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1619633566
  • 9781619633568
  • 1,050,750

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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
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About Kelly Fiore

Kelly Fiore has a BA in English from Salisbury University and an MFA in Poetry from West Virginia University. She has received two Individual Artist Grants from the Mid Atlantic Arts Council. She is the author of TASTE TEST, JUST LIKE THE MOVIES, and THICKER THAN WATER. Kelly lives in West Virginia with one husband, three kids, two dogs, a cat, and a hedgehog.
www.kellyfiorewrites.com
@kellyannfiore
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Rating details

1,118 ratings
3.77 out of 5 stars
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4 32% (362)
3 30% (337)
2 8% (85)
1 2% (20)
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