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INTL BLOG TOUR: This is Not A Love Scene by S.C. Magale [Review]

Title: This is Not a Love Scene

Author: S. C. Megale

Format: eBook

Published: May 7, 2019 by Wednesday Books

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

This Is Not A Love Scene rings brilliantly true from the first page to the last.” —David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author 

Funny, emotional, and refreshingly honest, S.C. Megale’s This is Not a Love Scene is for anyone who can relate to feeling different while navigating the terrifying and thrilling waters of first love. 

Lights, camera—all Maeve needs is action. But at eighteen, a rare form of muscular dystrophy usually stands in the way of romance. She’s got her friends, her humor, and a passion for filmmaking to keep her focus off consistent rejection…and the hot older guy starring in her senior film project.

Tall, bearded, and always swaying, Cole Stone is everything Maeve can’t be. And she likes it. Between takes, their chemistry is shockingly electric. 

Suddenly, Maeve gets a taste of typical teenage dating life, but girls in wheelchairs don’t get the hot guy—right? Cole’s attention challenges everything she once believed about her self-image and hopes for love. But figuring this out, both emotionally and physically, won’t be easy for either of them. Maeve must choose between what she needs and what she wants, while Cole has a tendency to avoid decisions altogether. And the future might not wait for either.

S. C. MEGALE is an author and filmmaker. She’s been profiled in USA Today, The Washington Post, and New York Newsday, and has appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” and the CBS Evening News for her philanthropic and literary work. As a humanitarian, she’s spoken on the USS Intrepid, at the NASDAQ opening bell, and to universities and doctors nationwide. She enjoys making connections all over the world. 

Megale was raised in the long grass of the Civil War, hunting for relics and catching fireflies along the banks of Bull Run. A shark tooth, flutes, and a flask are some of the items that hang from her wheelchair, and she had a fear of elevators until realizing this was extremely inconvenient. She lives with her family which includes her parents, sister and brother, service dog, and definitely-not-service dog. 

This is Not a Love Scene is her first published novel.

Thank you Meghan for reaching out to invite me to join the blog tour of This is Not a Love Scene and St. Martin’s Press & Wednesday Books for providing me a copy thru NetGalley. (Note: This does not affect my opinion of the book.)

Maeve has a rare form of muscular dystrophy and trying to live a normal life. Honestly, I don’t like Maeve. I tried understanding her, to logic with her. But failed. She acts opposite of what she wants. Maeve does not want to be treated differently, do not want special attention because of her condition. However, she gets mad when people do not give her special treatment. Plus, I really think it is very weird to be friends with old men. I’m unsure if she feels comfort with them but I really think it is weird and scary. Maeve also bluntly flirts with married men. Another weird thing and inappropriate act for someone. 

Cole, Maeve love interest, tall, good looking and bearded. However, I don’t feel the chemistry. There is no chemistry. It is disappointing that Maeve seems like insist herself to Cole so she could have him as her boyfriend. She sounds very desperate.

On the other hand, I admire Maeve’s parents dedication to take care of her. They devote their time and exert all effort. But, Maeve does not want it. It’s disappointing that she acts like a child. 

This is Not a Love Scene could be good or better if some sensitive topics where addressed properly. The concept is great but because of terrible MC it became problematic. 

Megale is a terrific new voice in the world of YAThis Is Not a Love Scene rings brilliantly true from the first page to the last. Megale’s prose is refreshingly original, her pacing already at a master level, and her storytelling abilities will pull hard on every emotion you have…Look out for this writer.” —David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author

A humorous, hearty novel about the realities (and fantasies) of being a teenager with a disability….Readers will want to zoom in on this [#ownvoices] story featuring a strong, sexually confident, disabled female character.” —Kirkus Reviews 

Informative and inspiring. It makes for an altogether thought-provoking and empathetic reading experience.” —Booklist

This Is Not a Love Scene is so good. S.C. Megale is remarkable… This book is the result of her unswerving determination and undoubted talent.” —John Flanagan, New York Times bestselling author of the Ranger’s Apprentice series

“My ride-along with Maeve was a joy from first sentence to last. She’s authentic, unabashedly honest, fun to be with, and I still catch myself wondering what she’s been up to lately.” —Eric Lindstrom, author of Not If I See You First   

Megale’s pacing and style are absolutely wonderful. I feel deeply attached to her characters, and I can’t believe how perceptive many of her descriptions/observations are, especially disability related ones.”  —Shane Burcaw, author of Laughing at My Nightmare

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