#Review It Only Happens In The Movies by Holly Bourne

Today I when a review of It Only Happens In The Movies by Holly Bourne. This was a fantastic upper YA and one I highly recommend. Check out my review and let me know your thoughts below.

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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.

Brought my own copy

It Only Happens in the movies was my first Holly Bourne book and it won't be my last. Going in to this I was expecting a cute contemporary romance, guys I didn't get that I got something more amazing, I got a story with real character's. Holly Bourne is not behind the doors in saying what she thinks and I love her for that. 

Audrey is any female or male teenager trying to work out romantic relationships and sex. I am going to say it again it was real. I loved Holly showing the highs and lows of relationships. Audrey has had her heart broken, her family is in disarray, she hates love and romance. So much so that in her media class she undertakes the project to show how romantic movie cliches give people unrealistic expectations of real life romances. At the start of each chapter we get a piece from her project and all the cliches are so true. This book is so much more than the characters, it's a open letter to teenagers. 

The journey Audrey goes on was so real (theres that word again) and its not easy and like the movies. Its hard and scary and life and people can disappoint you and sex isn't all fireworks and butterflies. 

Not like the movies also has some of the funniest and best dialogue I have read in a long time. I had so many emotions reading this book and I enjoyed it so much.

I highly reccommend you check this out. Its an upper YA with feelings. The main protagonist is A+, the concept of the story was fantastic and I just cant recommend it highly enough. 4 stars!


  1. I love every Holly Bourne book that I've read. Need to add this to my TBR!

  2. This sounds great! I'm a sucker for good dialogue and the ban on clichés sounds great. I may have to check this out!