Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Review - The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch




Title: The Movie Version
Author: Emma Wunsch
Pages: 372
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release date: 11th October 2016

Blurb from Goodreads:
 
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 Review:

DNF @38%

-Contains spoilers-

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to ABRAMS Kids and NetGalley*


 
Two of Amelia's favourite things are movies and her older brother Toby.
Amelia likes to think that there's a movie version of life where awkward things don't happen.
Toby isn't acting like his usual cool self and Amelia doesn't know what's happening.
Will Toby return to his former self?


Ugh.
Where to begin.
Amelia. At first I didn't mind her but after a while she annoyed me. I know she was young but she was quite self-centred. She also thought that her pot-smoking brother was cool. Doing drugs is NOT cool. Also, she didn't seem AT ALL worried when Toby was hallucinating.
I didn't like the romance. There didn't seem to be any spark between Amelia and Epstein. She wasn't even sure they were dating when she gave him a blow-job. And she had sex with him at his friend's house! Seriously?
I didn't on get with the writing style which failed to hold my attention.
At first I liked all the film references and the idea of a movie version of life but they were overused and got on my nerves.
I couldn't bring myself to read any more.


Unfortunately, this wasn't for me.