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