It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne Book Review

I have given It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne five out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Book Description (via Goodreads): 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 of cheesy clichés. Oh, and zombies… YA star Holly Bourne tackles real love in this hugely funny and poignant novel.

A couple of trigger warnings before you read this book, to do with: mental health, drug abuse and self harm.

I loved this book to pieces and was exactly what I needed to read after the book I read just before (Murder at the Mill by M. B. Shaw). I know I could’ve read this book in a day if I had that time to spare as it was flowing so nicely and the story, for me, was very compelling.

I loved the characters in this novel. Audrey, the average main character, is at a challenging part in her life where she’s currently (trying) to get over a break up, she doesn’t know where she stands with her friends and has quite a few problems with her family. Audrey had such a realistic sense about herself and her actions that I could see my past-self in her sometimes. I love it when authors make their characters realistic as it felt, at times in the book, that it was made for me to read. Plus I always wanted to work in a cinema when I was younger.

Harry, the wannabe film-maker, who works with Audrey at the cinema. I really didn’t want to like Harry as he came across as this “bad” guy; smoking weed, getting drunk and wasn’t very sensible, but as the story unfolds, you simply can’t help yourself but love Harry and his charm he has with e-v-e-r-b-o-d-y, so it seems except with his parents. I love his passion for film making and was so glad that it was a bit part in this book.

This was my first novel I’ve read by Holly Bourne and will happily pick up another of her books. I really enjoyed her writing because it was easy to read through and also, I felt as though I couldn’t put this book down because I was completely captivated by the story. I thought the story was going down a different pathway right at the end so my blood started boiling and I started to get really stressed out at what I was reading, because I thought it was going to end differently and was so happy when Audrey stuck to her guns and thought about what was best for her instead of a “fairytale” ending.

This book is filled with drama, romance, heartbreak, fights, zombies and overall was one of the best realistic, young adult, contemporary books I have picked up this year. I would highly recommend this novel to the book lovers of all of the above.

I hope you enjoyed my review! I’d love to talk about the events that happen in this book so much more but I wanted to keep away from ruining it for the bookworms who haven’t got their hands on it just yet.

Have you read It Only Happens in the Movies? What were your thoughts on this novel? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,


7 thoughts on “It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne Book Review

      1. Yay! Officially it’s part three in a series (though reading it out of order worked fine for me) so you might like to start with ‘Am I Normal Yet’

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