The Movie Version Was Not For Me | ARC Review

Friday, September 9, 2016


Paper Bindings | The Movie Version Was Not For Me | ARC Review | TITLE: The Movie Version AUTHOR: Emma Wunsch RELEASE DATE: Amulet Books PUBLISHER: October 11th 2016 - DNF (Did Not Finish)
TITLE: The Movie Version
AUTHOR: Emma Wunsch
RELEASE DATE: Amulet Books
PUBLISHER: October 11th 2016
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“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.”


DNF (Did Not Finish) @ 16%


I found The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch to be:
  • Telling
  • Slightly Aggravating
  • Not For Me

I requested The Movie Version from Netgalley because it sounded promising.


Take a girl with family drama and what sounded like a movie addiction (I mean, who hasn't imagined their life as a movie at one point in time) add in a brother with some sort of problem (possibly a mental illness I guessing based upon the blurb) and you get what sounds like a pretty intriguing book. 

Unfortunately, the awesome concept was the only thing this book had going for it.


The book may be a YA book, but it is definitely intended for mature YA audiences. 

It started off with her skipping class to get high with her brother. Right about where I stopped reading, she was giving her boy of questionable status a blowjob on her grandmother's couch. (Questionable because they still haven't had the 'Are we dating?' conversation as she pointed out to the reader.) As she said, making out with him was less "awkward" since she hadn't seen him in a while.

I'm not saying teenagers aren't out there smoking pot and having sex, because I know that happens more than society wants you to believe it does. But this book was a bit too harshly real for me to enjoy.

I would have been fine with the level of realism if this book was 'shown' to me.


The writing was very weird, almost like stream of consciousness kind of thing: 'So-and-so said, "blah blah blah." Oh yeah.... *explains it to reader*' 

Everything I read in the first 16% of The Movie Version was full of telling and very little showing. It was like the brattiest girl in school had me trapped in the bathroom and was going on and on about herself and her day and there was no way for me to escape. 

I wanted to care about the characters, I still am pretty curious as to what her brother is suffering from, but I just couldn't force myself to care because I never really got to see anyone else aside from Amelia.

After only 16%, I don't feel I know actually enough about Amelia to judge her by anything other than my initial impression. 


So I'll tell you that: She was very selfish and kind of a bitch

"Ray [Amelia's BFF] secretly started calling her [Emily] Muppet when she realized she had an uncanny resemblance to a combination of Beaker, Gonzo, and Kermit. But she's not a bad person or anything. She's just kind of there."

Those last two lines? Is that how you think of the other girl in your trio of friends? 'Just kind of there.

Unfortunately, I had to put this book down because I just could not stay in her head any longer.


Overall

Overall, The Movie Version was definitely not a book for me. I didn't really like anything about it, so I cannot recommend it. I'm sure there are plenty of people who will love the realism and like this book, but I am sadly not one of them.

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