It Only Happens In The Movies by Holly Bourne

Genre: Young Adult /Fiction /Romance

Published: 1st October 2017

Print Length: 416 Pages.

Rating: 4.1/5

About the Author:

Holly Bourne writes YA novels and blogs about feminist issues. Her favourite things to complain loudly about are: the stigma of mental health, women’s rights, and the under-appreciation of Keanu Reeves’ acting ability.

Holly’s first two books, Soulmates and The Manifesto on How to be Interesting, have been critically acclaimed and translated into six languages. The first book in the ‘Normal’ series, Am I Normal Yet?, has been chosen as a World Book Night book for 2016 and has inspired the formation of Spinster Clubs around the country.

Before becoming a full-time author, Holly was editor and relationship advisor for a charity website.

About the Book:

Audrey is over romance. Since her parents’ relationship imploded her mother’s been catatonic, so she takes a cinema job to get out of the house. But there she meets wannabe film-maker Harry. Nobody expects Audrey and Harry to fall in love as hard and fast as they do. But that doesn’t mean things are easy. Because real love isn’t like the movies…

The greatest love story ever told doesn’t feature kissing in the snow or racing to airports. It features pain and confusion and hope and wonder and a ban on cheesy clichés. Oh, and zombies… YA star Holly Bourne tackles real love in this hugely funny and poignant novel.


When I started reading this book, I didn’t like it. It was like all the romance novels out there. More of a rom-com. Everything was predictable. You know when you’re reading a book and you know what’s going to happen next and that is exactly what happens and there isn’t really an element of surprise or the unexpected. More than halfway through the book, I couldn’t figure out what the hype was all about.

All of that being said, I really enjoyed the book. I liked how Holly Bourne talked about the ugly side of relationships. It wasn’t all rainbows and sunshine. There were many moments when I was reading and I realized I had a smile on my face. When a book makes you smile or cry, it automatically becomes good. That’s like the unspoken law. When I read the last two chapters, I realized what all the hype was about and how it was not all that predictable as I had imagined. I won’t give away the details but I can tell you that you won’t be disappointed.

Will definitely be reading her books again.

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