Thursday, 29 December 2016
Book Review: The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch
Going into The Movie Version I didn't really know what to expect, from the author as well as the book in general, I just knew the synopsis drew me in and I had to know more. When I began reading I initially liked the relationship between Amelia and Toby, how they were there for each other, knew what the other wanted, and especially loved the movie quotes where they randomly said a quote and waited for the other to correctly name where it was from.
Now before I get to the actual review part, it's going to be vague and hopefully not spoil it for those who have yet to read The Movie Version. First of all I really enjoyed reading this book, I loved seeing family dynamics that felt real, working parents at thier own business working long hours, older siblings (Amelia & Toby) expected to look after thier younger twin brothers when thier Grandmother wasn't available. Everything in thier life is going great, but Amelia goes away during the summer for a job and when she comes back her brother is a completely different person. He sits in his room smoking pot, isn't bothered with school, and just isn't the person she knows. But she doesn't want her parents to find out and covers for him a lot, especially when he disappears for twenty four hours with no contact with anybody. What follows is a story of shock, sadness, but also hope, that there is going to be light at the end of the tunnel.
For me Amelia definitely made some bad choices, she chose to ignore the problem, refused to acknowledge what was really going on, and did anything she could to make herself busy, even joining a video club and drivers ed. I think her feelings were misguided in some instances, and a lot of that went towards Epstein, her summer boyfriend and occasional hookup. But she also accomplished a lot of things. She overcame her fear of driving which does a lot for herself and her brother later in the book, and also learned that she can't deal with everything herself, that it's OK to talk about what she is feeling.
The Movie Version was a book I really enjoyed, and although it didn't blow me away it definitely drew me into the story. I liked the characters and how the whole situation was dealt with in a very tasteful but informative way.