Review: ‘Just Like the Movies’ by Kelly Fiore

Review: ‘Just Like the Movies’ by Kelly FioreJust Like the Movies by Kelly Fiore
Published by Walker Books for Young Readers on July 22nd, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 300
Format: eBook
Source: borrowed from the library
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.

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Marijke is pretty, popular and a track star. Confident about everything in her life, she seems to be really insecure about her relationship with cutie Tommy. Lily is your over-achiever, straight A student who has her whole life ahead of her. She also has a crush on a boy who doesn’t know she exists. Told in two point of views, two teenage girls have been duped by love and want to try to live their love life as a romantic movie.

I loved this one. I thought it was a cute and fun read and was exactly what I needed. It has the notion of a being a romance, and it was, but it’s also a book about friendship. About two girls who didn’t realize they needed someone until they were gone. The two had different personalities and complimented one another. Marijke who is strong and confident about her own abilities, and Lily who pretty much analyzes everything that she does. Her brain always warring with her actions. The boys weren’t the main focus of the story, and I was forever grateful for it.

Just Like the Movies is like one of those chick flick movies you want to watch over again just because it was super cute and funny. This is in book form and I couldn’t help but smile at the predictable but cheesy parts. Really enjoyed it.

q&a interview

How do you come up with the names for your characters?

KF: All of my last names, for the most part, come from a last name generator. Or I just Google “last names starting with M” or something like that. My first names, though, usually have more significance. Names I liked when we were coming up with my son’s name have made quite a few appearances, like GiGi and Nora in my first book, Taste Test.

Who are some of your favourite authors and do you think their writing style influenced your own?

KF: I aspire to absorb all kinds of good writing styles into my lexicon so I can use them later. My favorite authors include Barbara Kingsolver, Bram Stoker, Alice Sebold, Laurie Halse Anderson and AS King. I admire all of these authors so much, but Kingsolver has left a really indelible mark on my work — her use of metaphor is really amazing and I am always re-reading her books while I’m writing.

What were some of your favourite novels you have read when you were a teen?

KF: I read Danielle Steel novels VORACIOUSLY as a teen, along with the Sweet Valley books. And the RL Stine & Christopher Pike books as well.

What can we expect from you in the future?

KF: I have two YA contemporary books forthcoming from Harper Teen in 2015 and 2016. After that, I suppose the sky’s the limit 🙂

If Just Like the Movies turned into a movie, which actors would you cast as Marijke and Lily?

KF: I think that I’d like to see someone like Dove Cameron as Marijke – she seems perky and hopeful and optimistic like Marijke – and Laura Marano as Lily – but I can’t take credit for that choice because: Casting Call: Actors We Want To Star In Our Favorite Book Adaptations

reading progress



Makes me wonder what that would feel like to have someone really fight for you. And not in a scary, controlling way, but in a way that makes you believe that there is actually someone out there for everyone.
I hate when women throw away opportunities for the men in their lives. Why would you do that? Why would you want to be less successful just to be with someone? Shouldn’t he support you with what you want to do?
They say you can fall in love at first sight. What about falling into friendship? Can you become BFFs over the course of a few short weeks?
Love, real love—it’s worth fighting for, you know? It’s worth doing everything you can to save it. Even if it means making a fool of yourself. Even if it means losing the person you love in the end. As long as you’ve really tried—well, then you know that you’ve done all you can.
That the movies aren’t a solution for problems, but they are a place to forget the problems you have. At least for a while.
It’s time to make a choice. And I choose me.





  1. valeranne

    December 14, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    I enjoyed this book a lot too! I’m excited to read her first book!

  2. Jaime Lynn

    November 26, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    I am not a huge chick flick, or chick read, kind of person. As I have gotten older though, I have learned how to appreciate them. In small doses. Sometimes, they are exactly what you need! This sounds like one that I could actually enjoy, so I may have to give it a try one of these days!

    • giselle

      November 27, 2014 at 11:38 PM

      Yeah I hear ya! I’m not into chick lit books lately but this was adorable.

  3. Amber (YA Indulgences)

    November 26, 2014 at 1:17 AM

    Oh this book sounds so cute and amazing and chickflicky in a good way. I thought it would be given all the romantic movies re-enactments. There wouldn’t happen to be that Dirty Dancing dance scene in here, would there? 🙂 Wishful thinking, but I loved that dance at the end. I like the the romance isn’t the focus. Gosh, I actually LOVE that.

    I have this out from the library so I may have to read it next week when I’m out of town. I love those quotes! And yes, the one about giving up opportunities for a guys is so true. I don’t understand why women would do that. I mean, I guess I can, but still.

    The interview is great. Omg, Laura Marano! YES PLEASE! I absolutely love her character in Austin and Ally at least. She sounds like she’d be perfect for Lily. OMG, TWO MORE BOOKS FROM HARPER! Yes please! I’m already enthusiastic about the whole thing. Haha.

    Great review! I loved the interview.

  4. Cali W.

    November 26, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    Love the Q and A. This book sounds so cute; good review. 😉

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