Made the reading experience significantly better for me
and all this praise i will still despite all this praise I will still this book four stars instead five and here is my why In a couple of years I will probably remember only the vague details of this book The movie references and the love story between Mac and Arden But I will never forget how this book made me feelAll those tears that I have shed because of them all those movies I have watched pausing the book for a while just so I can grasp the whole meaning and most importantly all the ANGER I felt in the end I finished the book I read the last few pages and I was angry Angry at Mac and angry at Arden angry at destiny and angry at the writer for ending this book in this way I am slowly beginning to realise and understand why this was the perfect ending but I can never get over the feeling of anger and I don t remember feeling anger in such a way about any I don t remember feeling anger in such a way about any book This could be counted as a compliment I suppose And that is why this book can t be my favorite But it definitely did change something in my life and my experience and I will carry that with me foreverThank you to Netgalley and the publishers Corgi part of Penguin Random House for sending me an ARC copy of You Me and the movies in exchange for my honest reviewWishlist Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest A different ind of a story with a sprinkle of romance nostalgia happiness and sadness Just like life The story spanned the past and the present and made way for the possibility of a future Arden had an affair with a professor Mac who was a classic movie buff Cut to the present time she saw a man on the hospital bed who resembled Mac He had a stroke and aphasia and could talk only in phrases All of them were from the movies he saw with Arden during their short affair My first book by Fiona Collins it was fun to read the present and get the visuality of the past through Arden s memories I loved how the author showed me happiness and love for the old classics There was something so special when the characters remembered the dialogues I got to see the aleidoscope of their life together in all colors The author s writing made me smile and emotions gathered in me when I learned about Arden s life in the present uite a contrast from the effervescent girl she was I loved how the author got her out of the shell slowly down the pages and I got to see the woman who had found her joie de vivre All shades of life were sensitively dealt with by the author There was much to smile about some to cry and frown But it was all about letting go of past and living life completely in the present finding the small joys in life Well this felt completely different to previous books from Fiona Collins it was less humorous and real life in feel If you are a big classic movie buff you will probably love this story however I hadn t seen most of the films discussed in depth and found I was skimming the sections where Arden and Mac were analysing the films I just like watching films for the story and without looking for hidden messages Speaking of which I m fairly sure there is a message within this book it felt like that sort of story but for the life of me I couldn t uite put my fingers on it Alternating between present day life for Arden and her great love affair with Mac thirty years earlier we see just how life has changed her and Mac I enjoyed seeing how the two timelines progressed while at the Sa Bizarrely I saw a review for this book imagine One Day with movies One Day is my favourite book and that review made me need this book in my life When will I learn these beautiful plain cover books can smash your heart make you ugly cry and leave you broken I have been swept up in these pages it s all been so vivid theres not a character I didnt bond with root for feel for I ve been swept away by giddiness and punched so hard in the stomach I m not sure when I m going to get over it One Day left me crying for days I m writing this review days after finishing and I m still upset You me and the movies and music books long summer days and rainy nights happiness hope youth first loves friendships the future the past middle age bad decisions and utter utter sadness And I d read it again I will read it again I will read it again and again even though it s going to hurtI m 100% sure this will be my book of the year the book that may me cry the hardest the book that I read with a weird sad hopeful smile until it smacked me round the face the book that took me way longer to read than necessary because I could not see the words through my tears the book that now sits beside One Day and Charlotte Street my all time favourite reads Thank you Fiona Collins you ve broken me but that journey that story those movies made it worth E and Clyde Some Like It Hot and These movies spark both bittersweet memories of their passionate relationship and the potential for a reflective Arden to finally fulfil the promise of her younger self And in the course of her visits to Mac she starts to reconnect with the world in a way that she didn’t think was possibl. .
I loved this book It s such a great premise and the characters were wonderfully drawn I was at university around the same time as Arden and so many memories flooded back when I read the book not only the clothes and music and movies but also the feelings of a young woman let loose on the world She is a fantastic character And Mac well I now Arden What happens after the happily after You Me and the Movies is a bittersweet nostalgic contemporary romance about tarnished fantasies regrets and second chances I m not one for romance but I like a small dose now and then something to lift me out of my Spells And Leave spells leave sighing with a content full heart
I also prefer my romance in the form of movies with a dash of Hollywood magic also prefer my romance in the form of movies with a dash of Hollywood magic when my book club mate Michelle mentioned You Me and the Movies it didn t take long for a copy to end up on my Kindle And I couldn t be glad i I read this as my C author book for my A Z of romances I thought from the blurb and cover it was chicklit and I suppose it was in some ways but really I m not exactly sure how I d catergorise it It wasn t as funny as most chicklit nor was it as romantic as I expected The book s heroine is Arden a 48 year old who s suffered through an abusive relationship and come out the other side only barely She is visiting a friend in hospital when she spies her first and last love in one of the beds This of course stirs up the memories of their time together and we get to read about their relationship via flashbacksMac was a lecturer and Arden a university student when they had an affair and considering they ve not seen each other in about 30 years the reader realises how the flashbacks will pan out pretty early on Mac taught film and throughout their romance he and Arden watch and discuss a list of movies which would be featured in his lectures hence the title I loved reading about the movies Most I ve seen they re famous movies nothing obscure Mac s theme for the movies is the way women are depicted in each I did enjoy reading Mac and Arden s take on whether there s anything feminist about the likes of Fatal Attraction or Pretty Woman I m not sure I agreed with all their views but they were a fun part of the bookThe flashbacks also help Arden realise she can be strong enough to live her life the way she wants to now her abusive ex is out of her life and that perhaps she might get another chance at a romance that doesn t end badly So on paper the book sounds like a winner ButI ve been trying to put my finger on exactly what is wrong with You Me and the Movies and I think my biggest beef is the fact there s no clear hero I started reading the book thinking the hero was Mac but into the mix came James Mac s neighbour who also starts visiting Mac in hospital A minor issue was Arden s age Okay I loved her age 48 almost the same as me And yet she never really seemed to act that age She doesn t act like a teenager but I always had the feeling she and her friends seemed to be in their 30s I also had the dilemma of Mac s age I couldn t uite work out how old he was supposed to be in the now scenes The book is sad and dramatic at times but I wasn t really moved by it unfortunately It also had touches of feminism and empowerment but nothing that made me punch the air in triumph I must admit I was enjoying the book much in the beginning and it was around the 50% mark that I became restless with it It felt long but when I checked it was only around 350 pages so Not a good sign I guess everything was a little average and that was the problem Average rating of 3 out of 5 This is one for movie obsessives and film fans Fiona Collins writes a story of Arden Hall with a narrative that goes back and forth in time from when as a university student she embarked on an emotionally intense and passionate relationship that was everything revolving around the classic movies she loved and watched with her lover Film Studies lecturer Mac Bartley Thomas a man who was the centre of her world As is often the case this all consuming youthful love affair was destined to not last and Arden s life trajectory through the years shaped her into a very different woman from who she used to be The trials and tribulations of the life she faced included a troubled marriage she is now thirty years later divorced lonely doing an uninspiring job and to all intents and purposes a broken womanOn visiting a friend in hospital the present day Arden coincidentally encounters her former lover Mac left with serious brain damage after an accident Mac can only make short references to the great movie classics they watched all those years ago such as Pretty Woman and Casablanca However these references takes Arden vibrantly back to a time that meant so much to her and the woman full of li. He only speaks in movie references but they make her remember everythingAfter a marriage which threatened her entire sense of self Arden Hall is divorced doing a lacklustre job and living a uiet rather unexciting life But one day visiting a friend in a London hospital she suddenly re encounters her former lover from thirty.
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To Be We Arebe We are a picture of how her life then began to take its toll on her There is humour in this entertaining story of movies love and of an Arden who slowly begins to find herself again to begin to live again This an enjoyable read overall but the storytelling at times made for a rather uneven reading experience Many thanks to Random House Transworld for an ARC What happens once the film has finishedArden is a survivor She has left her abusive husband and although she is eeping people at arms length she is fine Then one
evening after being persuaded to visit someone in hospital as she is leavingafter being persuaded to visit someone in hospital as she is leaving ward her friend comments that another patient looks like Mac Bartley Thomas Mac was a lecturer at Warwick Uni when Arden had been a student there Arden makes an excuse to go back to the ward to double check and yes the patient is Mac This sends a whole host of memories cascading down on Arden as she and Mac had been lovers Spending almost 3 years together Mac a Film Studies lecturer and Arden an English Lit student work their way through some iconic films Arden returns to the hospital to visit Mac each evening Mac has had an accident which has resulted in Mac barely being able to speak but at the end of the first visit Mac is able to mutter a uote from the first film that they had seen We are taken back and forth through time as Arden reminisces over the affair between them and the young woman that she was The films that they watched together really helped to see the relationship that Arden and Mac had This is than a chick book or a romance book This is about friendships and relationships and how through remembering how she was 30 odd years ago Arden begins to rebuild herself and believe that she can take charge of her destiny again I even think that I liked almost all of the characters too and that never happens I can t begin to say how much I LOVED this book It had me laughing falling in love and ultimately crying The agony that is first love was very convincingly written and I was there with them in their private screening room watching the classic movies that I too love so much Life doesn t end with the happily ever after drive off into the sunset of movies and this story explores the what next aspect of storytelling NetGalley Wishlist Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest You me and the movies is the perfect book for the fans of the movie theaters It will fill an emptiness you have felt all your life because such a book previously didn t exist Perfectly entwined movie references with one incredible love story is the only thing you might need for a perfect reading date Okay maybe hot chocolate too And a warm blanket And a few tissues Two people Ten classic films A love story you ll never forget Arden has just started university when she meets Mac and uickly falls head over heels for the handsome charismatic film lecturer Their love affair is dramatic exciting and all consuming the sort of thing you only see in the movies But it didn t lastAnd thirty years later leading a very different life Arden is visiting a friend in hospital when she suddenly comes across the man she never forgot Badly injured in an accident Mac can only make brief references to the classic films they once watched together Casablanca A Star is Born Pretty Woman among others and they make Arden remember everythingChapter by chapter we dive into the memories that Arden holds close to her heart All the feelings she though she forgot now flow back to the surface Mac can t say than a few words but those words mean the world for Arden The bittersweet memories of their relationship help Arden re connect with the world in a way she no longer thought was possible But will a movie worthy love ever be hers again This book gave me a story I wasn t prepared for I am a sucker for romance in real life but when it comes to books I don t ship couples easily and I don t do awws and aaahs But this book got me It captured my heart and then broke it into a million pieces I loved every single moment Every single situation every memory every scene at the hospital The whole story is surreal Imagine encountering your ex from thirty years ago in a hospital badly injured and he can t say anything than words that mean so much to you And that is amazing because he can at least say those words But after so many years don t you want to now Aren t you curious about the why s and the how s and what happened after parts Arden had so many uestions unable to be answered And maybe that was for the best Leave the past behind and start again The time flow was immensely written jumping from past to present but in a very tidy and clear way easy to get into I new exactly when in time we were which. Years ago charismatic Film Studies lecturer Mac Bartley Thomas who is lying in a bed on the same wardSuffering from a brain injury and unable to converse all Mac can utter is short references to the famous films he and Arden once watched together back when she was a student and they conducted their affair Casablanca Bonni. .