Hi everyone! So I didn’t take part last month for Spooktacular, partly because I didn’t really know what to read but also because I had such a turbulent month. I barely read the book I was currently reading last month never mind started and finished another. However, I do love the blogger book nook so definitely want to stay involved and when I heard it was YA I just knew I had to take part this month as YA is my favourite genre and I have so many books on my list so this was a good chance for me to tick one off! So for this month’s prompt I decided to read It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne.
“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… The greatest love story ever told doesn’t feature kissing in the snow or racing to airports. It features pain and confusion and hope and wonder and a ban on cheesy clichés. Oh, and zombies…”
I absolutely loved this book! I have read a couple of books by Holly Bourne before and loved them both so when I saw she had brought out a new one I knew I needed to read it. I will admit I was a bit sceptical about reading it at first because, as you probably are right now, I thought it sounded quite cliche but it exceeded my expectations. I love Holly Bourne’s writing style which makes me fall in love with her books, particularly her characters. I always feel I can actually relate to the characters in Holly’s books, particularly because she doesn’t glamourise the issues that her books deal with.
I just love Audrey! I love the theme of the book with her hating romance films and the way the book is set out like a script/Audrey’s coursework in parts. The thing that makes the book less cliche is that it’s about all different romantic relationships around Audrey, not just her own and there being other themes such as friendship and mental health. Just everything about this book made me fall in love with it and I just couldn’t put it down. I also love the way Holly finished this book. I will admit that when I have reviewed her books in the past I have said I didn’t particularly like the way she just ends the book, without giving the characters any kind of resolve but actually it really worked for this one.
Q1. Young adult books sometimes have the reputation of being a bit cliché – what do you think about this? Does it spoil your enjoyment of a book if you can predict the ending?
I personally love Young Adult so I feel like I may be slightly biased when I say I don’t consider it to be that cliche. I feel like it maybe got that kind of reputation from books like twilight that take cliche to the extreme but I don’t feel like a lot of YA books are as cliche, particularly if you read something that is quite new/current. I don’t think I have really read a book where I have predicted the ending or if it is slightly predictable for me it doesn’t take the enjoyment out of it because of the fact that you don’t always know how it will get to that point and that can be the bit that surprises you.
Q2. Lots of YA books such as The Fault in Our Stars, 13 Reasons Why, and Everything Everything have been made into movies/TV shows lately – have you seen them? What did you think?
I have seen The Fault in Our Stars and 13 Reasons Why, although out of the two I have only read The Fault in Our Stars. I did like both, I can understand why 13 Reasons Why wasn’t for everyone though. My opinion on books being made into films/TV shows is that the book is always better than the film which is usually true. Although I can’t speak for 13 Reasons Why having not read the book, I actually thought that The Fault in Our Stars film was just as good as the book. I actually cried and I hardly ever cry at films, I didn’t even cry at My Sister’s Keeper!
Q3. Where does YA rank in your order of favourite book genres? Is it a genre you’d usually reach for?
It is my absolute favourite genre! I have always loved YA so it is certainly my go-to genre. I feel like I still fall under the Young Adult category and because it is something I have always loved I still enjoy it. There have been times I have seen a book and thought Ooh that might be too young for me, which I did think about this book, but actually I still enjoy them. I feel like a lot of YA authors write for all of their audience and not just parts of it so that their books appeal to both ends of the Young Adult spectrum. I feel like YA gets a bad rep, particularly as it has been considered to be cheesy romance but there are so many more sub genres like mystery, fantasy or coming of age, which is one of my particular favourites!
Q4. Who is your all-time favourite character from a YA novel? Why did you love them so much?
I have so many favourite characters that I am not sure if I could choose! One of my all time favourite character has to be Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Again, he was another character I felt I could relate to as I had always been the outcast in a similar way to Charlie. The thing that makes me fall in love with a character is being able to relate to them.
Q5. Pick a favourite YA series: The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, The Lunar Chronicles, or The Mortal Instruments?
In honesty, I have only actually read The Hunger Games and the Harry Potter series. I did love The Hunger Games, I managed to read all three in about a week. I also love Harry Potter, although I am still making my way through them. If I was to pick between the two I would say Harry Potter as I just love it. I have wanted to read The Mortal Instruments so it might have to be my next series to make my way through.
Have you read It Only Happens in the Movies or any YA novels you have loved recently? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!
Thanks for reading!