Review: Just Like the Movies by Kelly Fiore

Just Like the Movies - Kelly FiorePublisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (July 22nd 2014)
Hardcover: 288 pages
Source: Netgalley
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Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Pretty and popular track star Marijke Monti is confident about almost everything – she’s got great friends, a great family, and she’s on her way to the State Track Championship. In fact, the only thing Marijke isn’t confident about is her relationship with Tommy Lawson.

Lily Spencer has spent her entire high school career preparing for the future – she’s participated in every extracurricular activity and volunteer committee she could. But, at home, she watches her mother go on date after date with dud-dudes, still searching for “the one.” Lily realizes that she’s about to graduate and still hasn’t even had a boyfriend.

While they live on each other’s periphery at school, Lily and Marijke never seemed to have much in common; but, after a coincidental meeting at the movie theater, Lily gets an idea – why can’t life be like a movie? Why can’t they set up their perfect romantic situations, just in time for their senior prom, using movie techniques?

Once the girls come up with the perfect plans, they commit themselves to being secret cohorts and, just like in the movies, drama ensues


Just Like the Movie was exactly as it seemed: a rom-com that’s sweet, adorable, a little ridiculous and a whole lot of fun. The story is about two totally different teenage girls who both decide life would be much more interesting if it was like the movies. There’s Marijke (Ma-ray-ka), the popular track star with the hot and coveted boyfriend, Tommy. And there’s Lily, the quiet and geeky girl with the big crush of the star of the motocross team, Joe. They end up meeting at the movies and decide to team up and use strategies from the movies to win over the boys of their dream.

I liked Marijke because she was confident but she also frustrated me because the one thing she wasn’t confidence about was Tommy’s love for her. Tommy is the super popular guy-in-a-band, all the girls swoon for kind of dude, so Marijke is always worried he’ll leave her (or is cheating on her, etc.). Marijke and Lily’s game plan for this was for Marijke to show her love in a grand way, so this definitely results in some funny moments. Personally, I don’t think she should be in a relationship with someone she’s can’t ever seem to entirely trust. The truth is Tommy brings out the worst in her.  And I was super happy when Marijke realized that and put herself first (and that Tommy had to do some grovelling, though I think he needed to do more!).

Lily is an absolute sweetheart. She’s definitely shy and very school orientated, so it was great to see her friendship with Marijke help her become a more open and confident girl. She’s also kind of snarky so that’s always fun. Lily has a super adorable meet-cute with Joe  and their relationship is endearing.

I have a feeling Senior Wills are ind of like tattoos – easy why to doom relationships. But who am I to judge? I haven’t even written one word yet. Not even what to say…

‘I bequeath my undying love and affection to Joe Lomardi, who knocked me off my feet in the stairwell and in life. Let’s “motor” or way to the future. Vroom-vroom, baby.’

So this book is definitely about the cute rom-com-ness but I loved the adorable friendship that build between Marijke and Lily. They definitely help each other and really bring out the best in each other. The story touches a bit into family life, and a reminder that things aren’t always what it seems. I’m glad the girls had each other for the tough times.

The plot is pretty typical, including the whole “why isn’t real like like the movies” realization when everything blown up in their face, but no worries! We still most definitely get our happy ending. As a big movie junkie (especially of the rom-com variety), I love all the little references and the amusing antics throughout the book from classics films such as Say Anything and Pretty in Pink, to Pitch Perfect.

“Peter Gabriel’s voice is gruff and soft in all the best ways, but my arms are already tired and I’ve been holding this speaker dock over my head for less than a minute. How did John Cusack do it with a boom box three times this size?” (1% eARC)
“Peter Gabriel’s voice is gruff and soft in all the best ways, but my arms are already tired and I’ve been holding this speaker dock over my head for less than a minute. How did John Cusack do it with a boom box three times this size?” (1% eARC)

Overall, Just Like the Movies, is that perfect little pick-me-up summer time read. It’s got wonderful characters, lots of fun moments and even some good life lessons. It’s breezy read that’ll easily put a smile on your face and definitely worth checking out especially for fans adorable romantic comedies.

I look up at the scrolling sign above the theater doors. AND THEY LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER rolls across the screen. I look at Lily, then motion up.

“You still believe in that?”

“In what?” Happily ever after?”


She shrugs. “I don’t know about ‘ever after’. But I do believe in ‘happily.” (84% eARC)

{Thanks to Bloomsbury & Netgalley for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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0 Replies to “Review: Just Like the Movies by Kelly Fiore”

  1. Aww, ok I would like this especially for after I have finished a darker thriller. i love the reminds me of my childhood when boom-boxes were HUGE!

    1. Yup, this definitely perfect for that.
      The giant boombox! I think my childhood they were a tad smaller than those,haha.

  2. I agreeeee! I think Tommy could have done a bit more grovelling, but I was so happy to see Marijke realize she shouldn’t be the only one trying in their relationship. All the references are so fun too! Romantic movies are the besttttt. 😀

    1. Right! I was a happy person when she decided to put herself first (:
      Yes they are! haha.

  3. This sounds soooo sweet. x) I usually avoid the squishy chick-flick kind of books like this, but honestly? It does sound adorable!

    1. It’s really typical rom-com, but it’s too adorable to resist!

  4. Great review. This book sounds cute and I like the quotes you chose. <3

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