Music meets Movies in this sweet college romance from the bestselling author of Cinder & Ella.
NYU freshman Nate Anderson is a triplet who is desperate to escape his wild and crazy brothers. After they screw things up for him one too many times, Nate flees his housing situation and takes the first available room for rent as far from his brothers as he can get.
Enter his new roommate Jordan–a quirky LA girl who believes that everything in life has already been done in the movies. In this heartfelt tale of love, friendship and family, Nate learns how to deal with his new adult life using Hollywood films as a guide.
“Amazing concept with movies as chapters, and fantastic storyline.”
“I loved this story and was humming along to the songs from the book whilst reading. I can see this book becoming the movie it was written to be.”
“If We Were a Movie made me want to binge watch movies, listen to old playlists and re-read it all at once.”
“So this is what a Pearl-approved guy looks like.” She shook her head once and cracked a smile. “She’s got good taste, I’ll give her that. You’re an odd mix of sexy and adorable. Don’t see that often.”
I handed Jordan the electric guitar that I’ve had since I was twelve, and laughed when her eyes got really big. “You play the electric guitar, too?”
“Music major,” I teased, picking up my keyboard. “I play this, too. A little. And the bass guitar.”
“Awesome.” She examined the electric guitar with awe.
“Why do you seem so surprised?”
She looked at me as if the answer to that question should be obvious. “Hello. Have you met yourself? You with an acoustic guitar singing soft songs around a campfire or in a coffee house makes perfect sense. But I can’t picture you up on a stage, jamming on your electric guitar like a rock star.” She studied me a moment, then shook her head. “You’ll have to play for me, or I’m not going to believe it.”
Firstly, can I say how much I love the cover? I mean it’s seriously pretty. It might even beat The Avery Shaw Experiment for my favorite Kelly Oram cover. It’s just so blue and simple. I truly adore it. Now, on to what’s BEHIND the cover, shall we?
Nate is an easy character to sympathize with. He has a good life, but he just wants to be recognized as his own person and create music. He’s so dedication to his craft is admirable. I don’t know that I’ve ever been that dedicated to anything. I loved his dynamic with his brothers. I HATED his dynamic with Sophie. Actually, I just hated Sophie. I can’t really say why because SPOILERS, but I didn’t love her when it started and it just goes downhill from there.
I did enjoy Jordan. She’s an interesting character. I can definitely appreciate a girl with a healthy love for films. I loved that she wasn’t a film snob. A lot of movie buff characters you read about look down on the quirky romantic comedies, especially the teenage ones. If it doesn’t have a special, deeper meaning or use strange lighting or an innovative new storytelling method then it’s crap. Not so with Jordan. She likes the award winning stuff as well as the cheesy romantic things. Any girl who can tell you the plot of 10 Things I Hate About You off the top of her head is a girl I’m bound to love.
As for the romance and story, I worried a little that this would venture into the cheating territory which is something I always have problems with. Regardless of your age, if you are unhappy your relationship and want to be with someone else, man up and say it. Thankfully Kelly spares us that and so I don’t have to rant about it.
I really enjoyed Jordan and Nate’s friendship above all else. They connect immediately and are instabuddies. Jordan is immediately supportive of Nate’s endeavors and vice versa. I also really loved the way Nate handled the whole end situation. I can’t really talk about it because of the spoilers again, but he really mans up in a mature and responsible way and I found that to be the sexiest thing ever.
Basically, this is exactly what you’d expect from Oram. In a word, amazing. Kelly has quickly become a go-to author for me when I’m in the mood for a contemporary that pacts a heartfelt punch with a few laughs thrown in. Though this doesn’t knock Cinder & Ella from my all-time-favorite-Kelly-Oram-book spot, it does come close and that’s all you can really ask for!
Signed copies of V is for Virgin & A is for Abstinence (1 winner, 2 books)