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Fiona Collins writes a story of Arden Hall with a narrative that oes back and forth in 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 she faced included a troubled marriage she is now 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 #left with serious brain damage after an accident Mac can make short references to the reat 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 life that she used to be a life force to be reckoned to be We are iven 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 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 ave 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 ot 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 know 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 et into I knew exactly when in time we were which made the reading experience significantly better for me And despite all this praise I will still Collections of Nothing give this book four stars instead of 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 canrasp 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 unde. 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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Uaded to visit someone in hospital as she is leaving the ward her friend comments that another patient looks like Mac Bartley Thomas Mac wa 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 c 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 Communism 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 mightet 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 Atnow scenes The book is sad and dramatic at but I wasn t really moved by it Unfortunately It Also Had Touches Of Feminism It also had touches of feminism 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 How to Read the American City Close Up good sign Iuess everything was a little average and that was the problem Average rating of 3 out of 5 i can of 3 out of 5 I can 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 A different kind 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 et 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 ot to see the kaleidoscope of their life together in all colors The author s wri I loved this book It s such a Consumed: Food for a Finite Planet 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 know Arden shouldn t haveone there but I couldn t blame her at all This is a book which would make a reat Richard Curtis movie it s feel ood and poignant and very very funn. 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.