Title: It Only Happens in the Movies
Author: Holly Bourne
My Rating: 5 stars
I SQUEALED AFTER I HAD FINISHED THIS. THIS. IS. THE. LEGIT. BEST. BOOK. I’VE. EVER. READ.
Ok I jumped into this book mainly because of the actress x director romance. I was surprised it was far from what I expected but I kept going because I’m an actress and a director myself. That doesn’t make sense but you see when you encounter something in fictional world that is the closest to your real life, instead of repulsion you get to feel a different affection towards it different from what you usually feel towards other books. That’s just how it is. Well that’s how it was for me.
Moving on, I haven’t ever felt this intense connection with a character until this one. I feel like I was exactly breathing the same air as Audrey Winters. Her views in life were frighteningly alike as mine. Mum, I think I might have found my soul mate!
Someone who hated romance films?
Someone who loved acting?
Definitely Audrey and oops.. me. I hate how romance films literally glamorize everything, it repulsed me every time and I love how Audrey feels the same way too.
Throughout the pages of the book, we get to know Audrey Winters, a girl fresh from break-up and is currently under the pressure of having to take care of her sulking mother with her older brother away for college. With her dad leaving his own family for another, Audrey felt suffocated and forced to mourn for the loss of a fatherly love while trying to make sure she doesn’t lose her mother’s. With all these weighing down on her, she knew she had to have a break and that by all means working for their town’s cinema wherein she met Harry who she has been warned off to. Harry is a director working on his zombie film and couldn’t have been lucky enough to find Audrey to play his zombie bride. Starting then, Audrey and Harry embark on their journey with the former being anxious that Harry could be just another man who would just break her already shredded heart. But the latter, determined to prove her wrong.
Needless to say, I love Audrey, my strong and independent girl, so much I could marry her! I love how she stood through it all. She handled the matters into her own hands which turned out damn well, so damn well to the point that I want to pat her on the back and say “that’s my girl” because she is!! I love how opinionated she was taking the “preach” into another level and she doesn’t let anyone deter her from what she believes in. And last but not the least, she doesn’t take ANY BULLSHIT from ANYONE.
Harry, God I swooned over him! He’s literally the one of the few that I didn’t mind hearing sexual comments from. I usually roll my eyes at any guy who tries to squeeze in sexual antics into every damn conversation but Harry? Oh I don’t mind because well 1) he knows his limits 2) he’s actually funny 3) he damn well knows he’s good at it 4) it comes off as natural unlike the ones I usually read that make my eyes hurt from rolling them a hundred times. Despite his love for the whole female population, I especially love how he genuinely cares for Audrey, knowing when to push and when to retract.
Overall, I love their relationship. I love everything especially when they are together. They’re at their best and most real selves when in the arms of each other. I love how they genuinely enjoy each other. The banters are highkey okay-ed from me!!!
God I effing love the ending. I was actually about to give 3 stars but noooo this book doesn’t deserve that because Holly Bourne knows exactly what she’s doing and knows exactly what I wanted!
“The movie either ends when the couple gets together, or someone dies before you can see the relationship develop. So you only see this perfect idea of this couple. You don’t see the niggles that can become cracks and how those can become giant crevices over time”
“Love changes over time. No person is ever perfect for another person. No couple goes through life without an argument or a bad patch.”
You gotta love a book that teaches you something 😉