Saturday, 11 April 2015
Review: What They Don't Tell You About Love in the Movies by Claire Watts
When I got the request to review What They Don't Tell You About Love in the Movies I was a bit hesitant, while the book has a pretty cover, I hadn't heard much about it or the author before, but after reading a quick chapter sample I had to know more and quickly replied with a yes please.
What They Don't Tell You About Love in the Movies begins with Kate and Joe's first meeting, which isn't a standard one. Kate is trying on her mothers dress, that is way too big, a knock at the door has her running to answer,expecting to see a friend and ending up with Joe, shocked and surprised by her attire he is initially left speechless, while she is embarrassed and can't wait to close the door in his face. While this may have been an unusual first meeting, we all know that first impressions count, and what more of an impression could Kate have left.
Told in alternating points of view What They Don't Tell You About Love in the Movies has a unique set up for the chapters. Each chapter is the title of a movie and between after the chapter but before the start of the next one, information about the movie is shared, from The Princess Bride, Beauty and the Beast, to Citizen Kane. The added touch of movie information was nice, and I liked the connection from the chapter titles to the snippets.
As the story progresses we see both sides of this relationship, yet unfortunately Kate doesn't see the whole picture, or just refuses to see it. Joe has mysterious friend, Phoebe, who is mentioned and not really elaborated on, and the way he occasionally acts with Kate, ignoring her or being distant made me think he wasn't too serious about the relationship at all and that there was more to this Phoebe than he let on. In fact I thought that Alex, Joe's friend, paid more attention to Kate, and was a lot more welcoming towards her than Joe ever was.
Kate I think was either too immature or just to stubborn to accept the facts. I felt like she wanted this relationship with Joe, but wasn't willing to see any further than him. Even though she recognised that he wasn't always attentive, or 'there' she still refused to accept that she felt more for him than he did for her.
I like how we get both sides to the story in What They Don't Tell You About Love in the Movies, but honestly, my opinion of Joe did not change at all, in fact I think I disliked him more by the end of the book than I thought I would, i won't elaborate on everything he does, I will let you make your own decision based on his action. What They Don't Tell You About Love in the Movies ended too soon for me and while I would have liked to have seen what happens next for Kate, I was happy to see her finally come to her senses.
What They Don't Tell You About Love in the Movies was a unique book, mixing literature with movie information that really made this book work. That being said however, I didn't really feel any spark towards the characters that made me want to love them, I just liked them.