Saturday, 11 April 2015

Review: What They Don't Tell You About Love in the Movies by Claire Watts

Title: What They Don't Tell You About Love in the Movies
Author: Claire Watts
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Genre: Young Adult
Source: Author
Publication Date: 1st January 2015
Rating: 3.5 stars

Tell Me About It
Kate and Joe ought to be a perfect match. They're both obsessed with movies. They definitely fancy each other. And they never stop talking. But it's never that simple, is it? This is what they don't tell you about love in the movies: (one) You never know what's going on in the other person's head, never, not even when they're telling you; (two) which you know already, because you're not necessarily telling them what's going on in your head either; (three) and most of the time you're not sure what's going on in your head anyway;
(four) most important of all, keep in mind, all the time, that you don't get 'happily ever after' when you're seventeen, you don't get anything 'ever after', not yet.
My Thoughts
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.

Final Verdict
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.

Dumfries Authors Launch New Young Adult Novels

Two local authors, Gill-Marie Stewart and Claire Watts, have teamed up with English-based friends Katy Haye and Pia Fenton to launch Paisley Piranha, a website dedicated to writing and stories for teenagers. All four authors have recently published YA novels and to celebrate this they will be holding a launch party at the Robert Burns Centre in Dumfries on Sunday 29th March from 2.00 to 4.30 pm.

Gill-Marie’s novel Music and Lies starts with a lie. At fifteen, George Wray knows she is far too old for family holidays. So she tells her parents one little lie. Which leads to her joining step-sister Becky at the amazing Forest Music Festival. And to meeting gorgeous, secretive Finn. Then having to tell one or two more lies. But unfortunately, she isn’t the only one who’s lying ...

Gill-Marie Stewart has lived in South Africa, France and Zimbabwe before settling in what she considers the perfect country: Scotland. She now lives on a farm in rural Dumfriesshire with her husband, five chickens, four dogs and three cats. Music and Lies is Gill-Marie’s first novel for young adults and begins a trilogy of books about George and Finn. It is available from Amazon in paperback and as an ebook.

Claire’s debut novel What They Don’t Tell You About Love in the Movies features Kate and Joe, who ought to be a perfect match. They’re both obsessed with movies. They definitely fancy each other. And they never stop talking. But it’s not that simple: you don’t always get ‘happily ever after’ when you’re seventeen. You don’t get anything ‘ever after’. Not yet.

Claire has been writing stories for as long as she has been able to write. For a long time, she wrote them for herself, while writing and editing non-fiction for children for a living. Then she decided it was about time to let other people read her stories. She moved from London to Dumfriesshire eighteen years ago, and when she at home she misses London and when she’s in London she misses home. What They Don’t Tell You About Love in the Movies is available in paperback and on Kindle at Amazon.

Katy Haye, who lives in Lincoln, says that she disappeared into books at the age of four and she tries to surface as rarely as possible. She writes fantasy novels, on the basis that ‘if you’re going to make it up, you might as well really make it up’.

The Last Gatekeeper, the first in Katy’s ‘Chronicles of Fane’ series, features Zanzibar Mackenzie, a teenager who’s always known she was different and finally discovers why when Thanriel knocks on her door. Zanfinds out that not only are angels and fairies real beings from other planets and that she is an alien herself, but that the future of life on Earth rests on her shoulders ...

Pia Fenton, on the other hand, bases her teen books squarely in the real world – well, the tiny fictional town of Northbrooke, New Hampshire in the USA. The first two novels in her New England trilogy – New England Rocks and New England Crush – feature British girls who for different reasons are forced to attend an American high school for a year. Neither girl wants to be there initially, but they soon change their minds. Hot local boys Jesse and Liam may have something to do with that ...

Pia is half Swedish and attended an American high school herself as a teenager – like her heroines, she didn’t want to be there at first but ended up having the best time of her life. She now lives in Herefordshire with her family and three stubborn but adorable dogs.

Katy’s and Pia’s books can also be found on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle.

For more information
Paisley Piranha website - Paisley Piranha YA book and film reviews - Paisley Piranha blog

Buy links

Music and Lies
£7.50 paperback, £1.99 Kindle

What They Don’t Tell You About Love in the Movies
£6.99 paperback, £1.99 Kindle

The Last Gatekeeper
£6.99 paperback, £2.59 Kindle

New England Crush
£6.99 paperback, £2.23 Kindle

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