Thursday, 29 December 2016

Book Review: The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch

Title: The Movie Version
Author: Emma Wunsch
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Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: 11th October 2016
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
A whip-smart, heart-wrenching debut YA novel about first love, first loss, and filmmaking that will delight fans of Jandy Nelson and Jennifer Niven

In the movie version of Amelia’s life, the roles have always been clear. Her older brother, Toby: definitely the Star. As popular with the stoners as he is with the cheerleaders, Toby is someone you’d pay ten bucks to watch sweep Battle of the Bands and build a “beach party” in the bathroom. As for Amelia? She’s Toby Anderson’s Younger Sister. She’s perfectly happy to watch Toby’s hijinks from the sidelines, when she’s not engrossed in one of her elaborately themed Netflix movie marathons.

But recently Toby’s been acting in a very non-movie-version way. He’s stopped hanging out with his horde of friends and started obsessively journaling and disappearing for days at a time. Amelia doesn’t know what’s happened to her awesome older brother, or who this strange actor is that’s taken his place. And there’s someone else pulling at her attention: a smart, cute new boyfriend who wants to know the real Amelia—not Toby’s Sidekick. Amelia feels adrift without her star, but to best help Toby—and herself—it might be time to cast a new role: Amelia Anderson, leading lady.
My Thoughts
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.

Final Verdict
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.

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