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PH Blog Tour: It Only Happens in the Movie by Holly Bourne [Review + PH Giveaway]

Hello readers! It Only Happens in the Movie PH Blog Tour starts on November 22 hosted by Erika of The Nocturnal Fey. Thank you, Erika for the opportunity of letting me join the PH blog tour. I’m so happy that I get to read this amazing book!

Anyway, I’ve included the blog tour schedule so you have chance to visit other bloggers and read their review! 🙂

 

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Title: It Only Happens in the Movies
Author: Holly Bourne
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Usborne Publishing
Release Date: October 1st 2017

* BLURB *

Audrey is over romance. Since her parents’ relationship imploded her mother’s been catatonic, so she takes a cinema job to get out of the house. But there she meets wannabe film-maker Harry. Nobody expects Audrey and Harry to fall in love as hard and fast as they do. But that doesn’t mean things are easy. Because real love isn’t like 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 clichés. Oh, and zombies… YA star Holly Bourne tackles real love in this hugely funny and poignant novel.

* Buy Links *

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* About The Author *

 

Holly Bourne writes YA novels and blogs about feminist issues. Her favourite things to complain loudly about are: the stigma of mental health, women’s rights, and the under-appreciation of Keanu Reeves’ acting ability.

Holly’s first two books, Soulmates and The Manifesto on How to be Interesting, have been critically acclaimed and translated into six languages. The first book in the ‘Normal’ series, Am I Normal Yet?, has been chosen as a World Book Night book for 2016 and has inspired the formation of Spinster Clubs around the country.

Before becoming a full-time author, Holly was editor and relationship advisor for a charity website.

Author Links
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* Giveaway *

Giveaway is open to PHILIPPINE residents ONLY.

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Blog tour schedule


 

Review:

I’m a Holly Bourne virgin and this is my first time to read her book. So I don’t know her writing style and all. Usually, I’ll binge someone’s works to get an idea or be familiar with the writing style, but this one is an exception.

Audrey Winters works at Flicker (local cinema) to divert her attention because she can’t take it anymore of what’s happening at home. Her mother is catatonic, her brother lives at the university and his father left them for a new family. Audrey also came from a broken heart and has promised to stay away from any man. However, he met Harry at Flicker as they are colleagues. Harry is a zombie film maker, who loves to flirt with girls.

At first, Audrey annoyed me. She’s too bitter about romance but I understand where she came from. I like that I get to see how Audrey matures in this book and how she became strong for her family, friends and especially for herself. Also, Audrey’s on point about her opinions about romance which I can’t help but agree. On the other hand, why Harry is so adorable despite what he did. He is so sweet, though he screwed sometimes. At some point, like Harry, I hoped for a happily-ever-after between him and Audrey. They are cute together and their chemistry is really good. I could feel their strong feelings for each other and I’m shipping Audrey and Harry until the end.

This book is full of cliché as they claim it. Most parts are predictable but the ending shookt me. I can’t believe what happened towards the end. I really thought that they will live to what they acclaim but I’m wrong. Further, the pace is good and the writing style is commendable. I really enjoyed this book because of likable characters, zombies (hahaha yes there are zombies), and especially the message! It made me want to  binge read all Holly Bourne books!

It Only Happens in the Movie opened my eyes that happily-ever-after do not only happen in relationships. We do not limit ourselves to achieve the happily-ever-after by getting into relationship but by loving and appreciating ourselves. As long as we are happy and satisfied with ourselves, there is happily-ever-after and this book breaks the stigma about it together with other books and songs promoting self love.

 

Rating: ★★★★☆ 


 

Quotable quotes:

“smiling is sometimes the only way to stop yourself crying.”

“When you’re dead inside you don’t have to worry about being careful.”

“But I couldn’t help falling in love. It’s not something you have no control over.”

“The fact she’s spent her whole life being labelled and she doesn’t get to decide what the label is.”

“It takes two people for a relationship to fail.”

“Because what I’d learned was, love isn’t just a feeling. Love is a choice too. And you may not be able to help your feelings, but you are responsible for the choices you make about what to do with them.”

“The only love affair I needed to invest in right now was one with myself. Spend some time with me. Figuring out myself and why I picked the relationships I did. I was holding my heart to me. Because I’d realize I was the only person who could give me a happily-ever-after.”


 

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