Book Review: It Only Happens In The Movies by Holly Bourne

“Love isn’t just a feeling. Love is a choice too. And you may not be able to help your feelings, but you are responsible for the choices you make about what to do with them.”

Published in 2017, It Only Happens In The Movies by Holly Bourne follows Audrey who is over romance. While dealing with her parents’ contentious divorce, a breakup of her own, and shifting friendship dynamics, she has every reason to feel cynical. But then she meets Harry, her fellow coworker at the local cinema. He’s brash, impulsive, and a major flirt. And even though Audrey tries to resist, she finds herself falling for his charms. But in this funny, insightful, and ultimately empowering novel, love—and life—isn’t what it’s like in the movies.


An engaging and light-hearted young adult book that tackles some important sensitive issues for its target audience along the way, It Only Happens In The Movies provides refreshing lessons about first-time relationships.

The story and relationships were too YA for me to really engage with, but it’s certainly a book that I would recommend for younger readers, and Bourne is definitely an author that should be on their bookshelves.

What I did love, however, were the movie references and exploration of first kisses over the years.


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