Book Review: The Movie Version by Emma Wunsch

Type: Stand-Alone
Genre: Contemporary, Stand-Alone
Publication Date: October 11, 2016
Publisher: Amulet Books
Source: Review copy from NetGalley
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Summary:  A whip-smart, heart-wrenching debut YA novel about first love, first loss, and filmmaking that will delight fans of Jandy Nelson and Jennifer Niven

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.


3.5. I really enjoyed the book, but I couldn't bring myself to give it a four rating nor a 3 rating. 

I feel like I have been reading too many depressing books this summer. First there is Me Before You then The Last Star and now this. The Movie Version is definitely an emotional read. It deals with a lot of important topics like family and dealing with issues in your life. I definitely can't give a lot away because I would just spoil the book and that would not be fun at all. It definitely surprise me in the best ways possible. 

I especially love the sibling bond between Toby and Amelia. They are always there for each other and you can tell that Amelia was dealing a lot with what is going on in her life. The characters were really strong in the book. I really like Amelia in this story because of how relatable and realistic she is. Throughout this difficult time in her life, she learned to truly be herself and come out to be this strong, confident person in the end.

Overall, I was pretty amazed at how this book turned out to be. The author portrayed the ordeal realistically. The reason why I couldn't give it a higher rating was because, even with the amazing plot, it was hard to get into especially in the beginning.

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