It only happens in the movies – Holly Bourne

Title: It only happens in the movies
Author: Holly Bourne
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Genre: Romance, Teen, Drama
Pages: 410
My Rating: 7.5/10

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It only happens in 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 cliches. Oh, and zombies…YA star Holly Bourne tackles real love in this hugely funny and poignant novel.


It is the first time that I read a book by Holly Bourne but this book was on my wishlist for ages. And I finally bought it last month. The thing is that I am getting older and some teen books are not very interesting for me anymore. Some books are still amazing, but I can’t always identify with them anymore. Which is pretty normal. But I love romance movies and that is the reason why I bought this book.

So Audrey is very skeptical about romance and romance movies since her parents got divorced and her boyfriend broke up with her. For her Media classes, she has to write a paper about something media related and she decided to write about romance movies, who are not always very realistic. I am a huge fan of romance movies because they always bring me in a great mood. But even I started to think about romance movies more often. They are indeed unrealistic. And the movies always have the same ingredients like the meet the right person, they fall in love and they have extraordinary dates, then he or she messes everything up and he/she has to apologize and not just having a ‘I am sorry conversation’ but a huge over the top ‘I am sorry’ gesture.

I like how Holly Bourne talks about every single aspect every romance movie (and book) has. And how funny it is that almost the exact same things are happening to Audrey. Maybe with a different result but the aspects are still there.

And now every time I see a romance movie I have to think about this book and how ‘Audrey (or Holly Bourne) was so right about it. I still believe in romance but I will look at those movies differently.

I like how every character develops in this book, especially Audrey who absolutely thinks that romance movies are unrealistic and I don’t need a man right now to I am ready to date someone again. It is easily written. I also picked this book because teen books are easier to read and since English is not my first language, it is good to read something that is a little bit easier. If you know what I mean. I just wanted to read something that didn’t include a lot of difficult English words.

But you know what? I really think that everyone could read this book since it is mostly about how Audrey thinks about romance movies. Because not every real-life relationship is like in the movies. Sometimes you just can’t forgive what the other did to you.



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