The Movie Version is a YA contemporary book that is much more character-driven than I was hoping. It’s written in first person from Amelia’s point of view. She is a high school junior, who hero-worships her older brother, Toby. He’s kind of an ultimate cool guy, who does a little more drinking and drugs for my taste. Toby and Amelia share a love of movies. They’re always quoting movies to each other instead of having actual conversation. And they imagine the “movie version” of their lives. I really liked the premise of this book.
In execution, I did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would. I wanted more action, less character development. It takes 1/3 of the book before the major event takes place. I won’t reveal what it is, but it’s hinted at in the book description, so avoid that if you want to be surprised. Also, Amelia drove me nuts! I couldn’t stand being inside her head. She was so blinded by her love of Toby. I found it quite nauseating.
I did really enjoy her romantic encounters and her relationship with her best friend. They discussed the DTR (“define the relationship” talk) a lot, and it brought me right back to high school. I had forgotten all about that expression.
If you like character-driven books, you may enjoy this one a lot more than I did.
Rating: 2 Stars
Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This fact does not in any way impact my thoughts/feelings about the book.