Review: The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch

The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch

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.

The Movie Version
Emma Wunsch
Young Adult Fiction
Amulet Books
October 11, 2016

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.

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