Pretty, popular Marijke Monti and over-achieving nerd-girl Lily Spencer have little in common—except that neither feels successful when it comes to love. Marijke can’t get her boyfriend to say “I love you” and Lily can’t get a boyfriend at all. When the girls end up at a late night showing of Titanic, sniffling along with the sinking ship, they realize that their love lives could—and should—be better. Which sparks an idea: Why can’t life be like a movie? Why can’t they create perfect romantic situations? Now they have a budding friendship and a plan—to act out grand gestures and get the guys of their dreams. It seems like fun at first, but reality turns out to be much more complicated, and they didn’t take into account that finding true love usually requires finding yourself first
- Age Range: 12 – 17 years
- Grade Level: 7 – 12
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (July 22, 2014)
- ISBN-10: 161963354X
- ISBN-13: 978-1619633544
I got JLtM via Netgalley and was pretty excited for it upon reading the summary. It seemed like a good, quick, summer read…and it was! Granted, this is a typical teen setting–there’s nothing really mature here, but it is such a cute story. The two girls couldn’t be any more different and when the story first started with their alternating POV’s I wasn’t sure how on earth two such opposites could come together. The girls did manage to come together and their antics for having great movie-like love stories were perfect. Granted, I don’t think this is probably for everyone. It does have a very specific, young audience, but it is cute and a fun little escape. I think it took me all of two and a half hours to read, so it would be a great beach or vacation read.
JLtM releases on July 22, so do check it out when it releases.