It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne

Romance movies have a certain magical feeling that makes us want to believe in things that are as far from reality as possible. The grand gestures, the kiss in the rain, the improbable happily-ever-after, the cynic in us scoffs at it, yet the teensy bit of romantic in us hopes for a fairytale relationship story. Holly Bourne, in her latest book, has stressed on the role of romantic films shaping the mindset of the viewers in the form of a very realistic yet funny and enjoyable love story.

Audrey Winters, namesake of Audrey Hepburn, has a love-hate relationship with the romance genre of movies. She blames this entire genre for the downfall of most couples as these particular movies raise people’s expectations (most unrealistic ones) and turns normal relationships into bitter overwhelming ones. Her parents’ divorce and her ex-boyfriend’s betrayal adds to her strong hatred for romance. Sweeping off the feet is something she doesn’t do, at all. When she meets Harry, her co-worker at Flicker Cinemas, her strongest belief is about to take a flip-turn and change her perception towards love. Or does it? You have to read the book to find out what kind of happy ending Audrey carves out for herself.

Coming to my personal opinion, I dislike love stories. To say dislike is the least, I absolutely hate them. I am much like Audrey in real life. However, this book was a fresh take of breath from the usual mushy and clichéd love stories I have sworn off against. It Only Happens in the Movies was full of funny quips that will make you giggle, rolling your eyes moments, stuck to the page like glue moments and mostly plasters a smile on your face throughout the reading tenure. Apart from the happy stuff, there are also some pretty intense and emotional scenes, especially the ones with the breakdown of Audrey’s mom. It made me tear up multiple times.

The characterisation is brilliant and nothing about the characters is unbelievable. Holly Bourne has a quirky writing style and great storytelling capabilities. Although I did find the parts, where Audrey zones out and gets into the skin of the characters she is playing, a tad bit dramatic. In addition to that, a part of the back story of Harry’s equation with his parents wasn’t touched properly even though it was mentioned quite a few times, which makes me secretly hope there might be a sequel to the book. *Pleads in a squeaky way*

I would suggest you to pick up this book if you intend to do some light reading. This was a welcome break from all the intense and tome like books I have been devouring the past few months. Also, if you have made a vow never to pick up romance books, then this might just be the perfect one for you, especially due to the ending. *wink wink*


Publisher : Usborne Publishing

Pages : 410

Rating : 4 / 5

You can buy the book here.

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