“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that book bloggers are eagerly anticipating.
Pretty and popular track star Marijke Monti is confident about almost everything – she’s got great friends, a great family, and she’s on her way to the State Track Championship. In fact, the only thing Marijke isn’t confident about is her relationship with Tommy Lawson.
Lily Spencer has spent her entire high school career preparing for the future – she’s participated in every extracurricular activity and volunteer committee she could. But, at home, she watches her mother go on date after date with dud-dudes, still searching for “the one.” Lily realizes that she’s about to graduate and still hasn’t even had a boyfriend.
While they live on each other’s periphery at school, Lily and Marijke never seemed to have much in common; but, after a coincidental meeting at the movie theater, Lily gets an idea – why can’t life be like a movie? Why can’t they set up their perfect romantic situations, just in time for their senior prom, using movie techniques?
Once the girls come up with the perfect plans, they commit themselves to being secret cohorts and, just like in the movies, drama ensues.
I LOVE the premise for this. I’m a huge movie buff, and I spent much of my high school years wondering exactly what Lily and Marijke wondered – why isn’t life like a movie (specifically, Before Sunrise or any romantic comedy), and how can I make it more like one?
I feel like this is going to be a bit of a squirmy read for me, because Lily is a lot like I was in high school – minus the mom and dates. But I also love that it seems to focus a lot on Lily and Marijke’s unexpected friendship, too – it seems really true to life. I totally had friendships with people in HS that came about unexpectedly like this one, for crazy reasons. I’m really looking forward to finding out more about the two of them, and what they can do together!
Are you excited about JUST LIKE THE MOVIES? Did you have a similar fantasy about life being like the movies? Which movies would you most want your life to be similar to? What’s on your wishlist this week for books? Let me know in the comments!