It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne

Content warnings: mental health problems and substance abuse, discussions of consent and sexual abuse/rape

I don’t really know where to start with this review. I absolutely adored this book but I read it when I was staying at my Gran’s house a month before she unexpectedly died so it’s one of those books that I just have weird feelings towards now. I didn’t think this would be a hard review because the book was so good but here we are.

Audrey does not care for love. Her parents marriage ended and it left her mother in a weird state so Audrey does not want that to happen to her so she swears off romance. That is until she starts a new job at her local cinema and meets bad boy Harry.

If you have ever read any book by Holly Bourne before you will know that her writing style is wickedly funny and super easy to read. I get so lost in her novels and they take me back to my teenage years. Her writing is super truthful at times that it hurts, she talks about sexual assault, the lack of sapphic relationships in movies, racism etc. At one point one of the characters talk about not being able to orgasm through penetration which I think is just something that is super important to include off the cuff in YA. Like it’s just spoken about casually but having that being in books lets young girls know that it’s a thing and it’s ok to be that way.

I read this so quickly that I didn’t really take any notes and I kind of hate myself for it. I remember the mother in this story was a bit of a mess, but you can 100% see where it comes from and how poor her mental health is.

I’m not going to talk spoilers but I would love someone who has read this to let me know because I want to talk about the ending and how satisfying it was for me.

My only thing with this book was because he was called Harry I could not stop imagining Harry Styles, who is an absolute sweetheart and not a bad boy and it was a bit disconcerting every time I read the name.

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