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Not Like the Movies de Kerry Winfrey
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Not Like the Movies (2020 original; edició 2020)

de Kerry Winfrey (Autor)

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What happens when your life is a rom-com . . . but you don't even believe in true love? Chloe Sanderson is an optimist, and not because her life is easy. As the sole caregiver for her father, who has early-onset Alzheimer's, she's pretty much responsible for everything. She has no time--or interest--in getting swept up in some dazzling romance. Not like her best friend, Annie, who literally wrote a rom-com that's about to premiere in theaters across America . . . and happens to be inspired by Chloe and her cute but no-nonsense boss, Nick Velez. As the buzz for the movie grows, Chloe reads one too many listicles about why Nick is the perfect man, and now she can't see him as anything but Reason #4: The scruffy-bearded hunk who's always there when you need him. But unlike the romance Annie has written for them, Chloe isn't so sure her own story will end in a happily-ever-after.… (més)
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Títol:Not Like the Movies
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I really loved Waiting for Tom Hanks and was excited to see a sequel but unfortunately I did not enjoy it as much as I anticipated. So a few things I really enjoyed was getting to see the side characters again especially Uncle Don who is wonderfully geeky and funny, the coffee shop setting (key to a modern rom-com romance), and getting a deeper look into Chloe's life. I really appreciated the honest portrayal of what its like to care for a relative suffering from Alzheimer's, its absolutely heartbreaking and dealing with it is extremely stressful. Especially if you are the sole caretaker with no one to share the burden with. The author does not try to sugarcoat it at all. There was also a great scene with Annie and Chloe having what was clearly a long overdue fight and conversation about the movie, its impacts, jealously, family and friendship. It was a scene that felt very real and its always a pleasure to read a story that contains strong female friendships. My biggest dislike of the book was actually the main character. I was getting a lot of mixed messages about her. First she is portrayed as a quirky, charming optimist but then she acts like a very negative and pessimistic person. She is very wishy-washy on her feelings about Nick and is constantly yo-yoing between caring about him and not. It was very tiring trying to figure out where her mind was at. Also the whole thing about the mom coming back looking to reconcile felt very much forced and like an afterthought, didn't need that storyline added. Overall not a bad book and if you read the first it would probably be nice to read the second but it just doesn't have the same panache as the first. ( )
  awesomejen2 | Jun 21, 2022 |
This was a very good book, I liked Waiting for Tom Hanks better because it was funnier but this books last quarter was more satisfying, so the ending makes up for being slightly less funny. It still has the same great characters as the first book so if you liked that I think you'll like this one too. ( )
  kevn57 | Dec 8, 2021 |
super cute, super quick read ( )
  littlemuls | Aug 3, 2021 |
*Disclosure: I was provided with an advanced digital copy of this book via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.*

I absolutely love rom-com movies, and this book totally fits the bill.

It's funny, quirky, has moments that are both heartwarming and cringeworthy. Chloe is the perfect protagonist - sunny, colorful, constantly positive, drowns her emotions in baking pies, - and absolutely doesn't believe that life is like the romantic comedies her best friend Annie adores. Even though, when you look at it, and when she admits it, her life kind of is. As my teen would say, this book is meta.

Of course, like any great rom-com, she also self sabotages the relationship constantly. There is an obvious attraction, but Nick is her boss, and she can't risk their work relationship, because her first priority is taking care of her dad, and that includes paying for his nursing home. With all the tension dripping from them both, I wanted to shake Chloe and have her pull it together (but that would make for a short book!) Worth adding - while this IS a romance book, and Chloe has definite ideas about keeping things easy and on a physical level, this is actually a pretty clean book - no steamy love scenes here.

All the relationship self-sabotage and the taking on to much/never asking for help bit could become annoying, but we get enough backstory to learn that Chloe was put in a position of responsibility at an early age. Between that and her mother's abandonment, It's easier to relate to where she is coming from and her feelings that the only one she can rely on is herself. Her sunny, colorful persona is armor against disappointment and possible hurt.

Like any great rom-com, there is a supporting cast of quirky and fun characters: her flaky brother Milo, her unreliable co-worker Tyler, the ever-present coffee shop client, Gary, and Mikey Danger (I think we all know a guy like him.)

I have not read Winfrey's first book Waiting For Tom Hanks. While this book is a sequel, it works well as a stand-alone. There aren't any heavy hints or massive downloads of backstory - just passing references of how friend Annie's relationship with her now-fiance developed, but they don't detract from or slow down the story.

Honestly, if ANYTHING annoyed me about the book, it was Annie, her movie, and her obliviousness to how it was affecting Chloe AND Nick.

All in all, NOT LIKE THE MOVIES was a fun book and the perfect escape. ( )
  jenncaffeinated | Jul 4, 2021 |
This is my first book that I have read by this author. I have heard of the author's prior novel but after reading this book, I will have to grab a copy to check out.

I had such a fun time reading this book. Everyone was entertaining but the award for the most funniest goes to Nick's one friend and bowling partner, Doug. You never knew what was going to come out of his mouth. Yet, I loved everyone from Chloe and Nick to their friends, Annie, Drew, Uncle Don, Tyler, Tobin, Gary, Doug and Shivan.

When Chloe would get flustered she would say and do crazy things too. Like the time she walked in on Nick "shirtless". She threw a roll of paper towels at him. Readers of rom coms will want to pick up a copy of this book for themselves to read. This book may not be like the movies but it is ten times better! ( )
  Cherylk | Jun 28, 2020 |
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”Chloe,” he says.  “I don’t want anyone else.  I want you.”
I stop breathing.  My soul leaves my body.
“But here’s what I need to know,” he says.  “What do you want?”
He looks me straight in the eyes then, his own eyes clear and full of conviction, seeming so much like the Dad I used to watch sitcoms with in our living room.  “Not everyone’s your mother, sweetheart.  Not everyone’s gonna leave you.”
…for now, I’m reminded that romance isn’t the only great love story of our lives.  Sometimes the love we have with our lifelong friends, the ones we can depend on through changes and fights and joys and heartbreaks - sometimes those are the greatest love stories we have.
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What happens when your life is a rom-com . . . but you don't even believe in true love? Chloe Sanderson is an optimist, and not because her life is easy. As the sole caregiver for her father, who has early-onset Alzheimer's, she's pretty much responsible for everything. She has no time--or interest--in getting swept up in some dazzling romance. Not like her best friend, Annie, who literally wrote a rom-com that's about to premiere in theaters across America . . . and happens to be inspired by Chloe and her cute but no-nonsense boss, Nick Velez. As the buzz for the movie grows, Chloe reads one too many listicles about why Nick is the perfect man, and now she can't see him as anything but Reason #4: The scruffy-bearded hunk who's always there when you need him. But unlike the romance Annie has written for them, Chloe isn't so sure her own story will end in a happily-ever-after.

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