It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne ~ Review and Discussion

It Only Happens in the Movies

Goodreads Synopsis ~

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…

Review ~

I know for a fact if you’re a reader and have been for a while you’ll have come across romance in books. It pops up in all genres, sometimes it’s the main thing the book focuses on other times, it’s just an extra. Needless to say we’ve all witnessed the cliche’s that pop up in books, and in films. It Only Happens in the Movies essentially is ripping apart all the cliches we have, in a hilarious and poignant way.  

It’s focused not only showing how the love we watch and read is a pile of trash because it’s not how it happens in reality, but on how love can affect families. Audrey’s not blind, she know love isn’t like in the movies, and so she decides to do her school project on it. Before her father left them, she loved romance films but him leaving made her rethink everything she knew about love. Or thought she knew about love.

I am a huge fan of Holly Bourne’s work – I love her writing and her stories and I wish more people would read them. If you’ve ever wanted to read a book where the character voices how cliche things are, and involves zombies (it’s hilarious, it’s because Harry is a film maker as said in the synopsis) then give this book a shot. Love isn’t like the movies make it out to be, likewise with two books make it out to be. 

Love in movies and in books is shown to be romantic, perfect, cute, they’ll always come back to one another no matter what the others done. In reality…it’s messy, complicated and sometimes no matter how much you may love someone. You have to have make the choice to walk away because you deserve better. This book shows how imperfect real love is…and I think the imperfect kind of love is my kind of perfect.

My Rating
5 star rating


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Now then if you have yet to read it, please do not read the discussion as it does contain spoilers, since I go into a chat about the book. DO come back once you’ve read this book, to read my thoughts and leave your thoughts in the comments below. You can skip down till you see the black and pink hearts again – that’ll be the end of spoilers.

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Discussion ~

Ok there’s this one part that I really want to talk about because it involves periods. And I have a thing about how a lot of books just avoid the topic of periods (like I get it it’s not the most interesting thing to read about but don’t tell me Shadowhunters don’t bleed once a month) Anyway the part I want to discuss is page 262 in the book when Audrey tells Harry she’s on her period which is why she doesn’t want do it right then. And he leaps away I was just sat there thinking ‘it’s blood, it’s natural without it you’d not have been born’ but it’s something I think a lot of males do. They seem to leap away when periods are mentioned and as a girl I myself am aware of how ‘hush hush’ the whole topic is in society. It’s like non existent, girls don’t talk about it usually with other girls. I bet you though, if guys had something like periods they’d never shut up about it and wear it like a badge of pride. 

I also loved how in the book we’re told ‘love isn’t just a feeling, it’s a choice too’ and to me that stood out. A lot of us just assume it’s a feeling and for Audrey in terms of how she viewed her father, that totally changed when she realised he made the choice to walk out on her, her brother and her mum and go with someone else. Another thing I found interesting was Audrey saying how her dad and his new girl were constantly uploading photos almost as if they were trying to prove to others how happy and in love they were. 

In our day and age that is a very valid point. So many of us do and will do this, we may not we may witness others do it but a photo is just a photo. It can be altered, changed and doesn’t truly reflect what’s going on in a person’s life. The internet allows us to filter our lives and show people only one part to us and our life. 

I loved the ending so much. Harry made this cheesy ass film expecting it would mean he’d be forgiven for everything, and that they could just carry on as normal. And even though Audrey loved him, she made the choice to not go back to him, because she wouldn’t be able to trust him again when he lied to her. She had the guts to walk away and that is the reality of love. It’s messy, it’s complicated not perfect. And it’s not kisses in the rain, and the girl always forgiving the boy or vice versa. 


Have you read this book? What did you think if you did? If you’ve not read it, are you planning on it? Let me know in the comments lovelies. Thank you for reading 🙂


6 thoughts on “It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne ~ Review and Discussion

  1. […] Anyway she’s an excellent writer and to me, she voices the questions and opinions I’ve had for a while and some I didn’t have but made me question things and develop who I am as a person. If you’re not into feminism don’t be put off it by it, it’s not thrown in your face. But it’s there, and it trying to show you the misconceptions of feminism and why we do need feminism. She also has mental illness rep in the first book Am I Normal Yet? for OCD and it truly opened my eyes. Also her latest book It Only Happens In The Movies? SOOOO GOOD! (the review and discussion I did for It Only Happens In The Movies) […]


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