Just Like the Movies by Kelly Fiore
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers, July 2014
Rating: 5/5 stars
Synopsis: 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.
I absolutely loved this book. There were two point of views. One is from Marijke and the other is from Lily. They’re both high school seniors.
I liked Lily’s POV more because her situation is cuter and I can relate to it. She has a crush and wants her crush to notice her so they can go to prom together. Marijke already has a boyfriend, but she wants him to say, “I love you” to her and ask her to prom with an epic promposal. Her boyfriend is skeptical about the promposal part because they are going to prom together. They’re BF/GF.
I felt scared and anxious for Marijke when she was crashing Tommy and his friends’ game of paintball. I didn’t want someone to shoot her. She shot Tommy and won with the ‘element of surprise’.
I was sad the last chapter ended at prom. I wanted it to end with what happens to Joe and Lily as well as Marijke and Tommy. I want to know what happens to their relationships since they are high school seniors. If the ending was better, the book would be one of my favorites.