Book Review: You, Me and the Movies by Fiona Collins.

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It's been a while since I read a Fiona Collins book. I'm a fan of her work and really enjoyed 'A year of being single,' and 'Cloudy with a chance of love,' so was really excited to read 'You, Me and the Movies.' It was very different to what I expected and I hope I can explain my thoughts well enough to understand.


The Blurb.


Two people. Ten classic films. A love story you’ll never forget.



Arden has just started university when she meets Mac – and quickly falls head over heels for the handsome, charismatic film lecturer. Their love affair is dramatic, exciting and all-consuming; the sort of thing you only see in the movies. 

It couldn’t last. But thirty years later, leading a very different life, Arden is visiting a friend in hospital when she suddenly comes across the man she never forgot. Badly injured in an accident, Mac can only make brief references to the classic films they once watched together: Casablanca, A Star is Born, Pretty Woman among others… and they make Arden remember everything.

The bittersweet memories of their relationship help Arden re-connect with the world in a way she no longer thought was possible. But will a movie-worthy love ever be hers again?


My Review.


Firstly, I really enjoyed the movie references in this book and felt like Fiona did a fantastic job in linking them to the story, from the way they were projected into Arden and Mac's real life, to the way Arden dressed like her favourite characters. It was a really cool element and one I applauded Fiona for, as it was so detailed and specific. It also made me feel like I need to get my butt in gear and watch some of the classics - it took my sisters and I years to finally watch 'Dirty Dancing' and now it's one of our favourites. Although, Arden and Mac seemed to watch a few scary ones, if i'm correct with the titles, so I don't know how many I could tick off their list. 

Now, I'll be honest, I did struggle with this book a little bit, not for the story or the writing, I thought it was very well written and it did keep me turning the pages and wanting to keep reading. I guess after reading Fiona's last few books, I was expecting something light-hearted, which I don't think this book really is and once I realized that it wasn't a romantic, comedy, I started to appreciate it a bit more. In understanding that what Arden had been through was very serious, I appreciated there were reasons behind her grey outlook on life, which at first took me by surprise and made me feel like it was a bit doom and gloom. The story is about how everything that happens in life has an impact on who you are and how you choose to respond to it. I wanted Arden to shake it off and be happy, but again, I had to be patient and realize that it wasn't that easy. It took Mac to come back and help Arden re-evaluate how she was living and for that I was grateful, because she needed it. 

The biggest issue I had a hard time with in 'You, Me and the Movies,' was the affair. It made it really difficult for me to like Arden and Mac, as I just couldn't get past it. I grew to care about Arden in certain ways, but I just couldn't admire Mac like she and everyone else seemed to. He didn't come across great to me, no matter how enigmatic he was. I didn't connect with him at all. 

My favourite character had to be James, I was intrigued by his quiet, yet straight-forward nature and enjoyed his dialogue. He made me smile and I wanted to see him find someone and not be so lonely. I looked forward to his scenes, as he was just a nice person. 

If you're looking for quite a gritty book, that is a bit raw around the edges and celebrates the good old days of cinema. 'You, Me and the Movies,' is the book for you.

Happy Reading.
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