Friday, November 2, 2012

Book Review: From Notting Hill With Love...Actually

Author: Ali McNamara
Publication Date: October 1, 2012 (Paperback)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark

Movie buff Scarlett O'Brien believes that real life can be just as exciting and romantic as films, and she will stop at nothing to prove that it's easy to live life like a movie heroine.

When she is offered a house-sitting job at an impossibly grand mansion in Notting Hill, she jumps at the chance to live out her film fantasies. It's just a shame that her new neighbor, Sean, is so annoying and so irritatingly handsome. As a chaotic comedy of her very own begins to erupt, Scarlett must decide where her heart truly lies.

What sort of happy ending does she really want? Will it be a case of Runaway Bride or Happily Ever After?
“But that’s real life, Scarlett. Life is not a heart-shaped box of chocolates.” – Finished Copy pg. 66
“Life can be just like a movie, and it doesn’t just happen occasionally by accident; it happens every day, over and over again.” –Finished Copy pg. 69
“I’d told Sean I believed everything happened for a reason. What if my reason for coming to Notting Hill was more than just to prove my family wrong about the movies? What if the reason I’d come here was to get the chance to find the final piece of my jigsaw, the something that was missing from my life-the chance to find my mother again?” – Finished Copy pg. 127
Scarlett O’ Brien’s life revolves around the cinema, literally. Starting with her career, her fiancĂ©’s career, and her deep passion for film, her entire life is consumed with all the big screen flicks and how she can adapt them to fit into her own monotonous lifestyle. Her friends and family are starting to become skeptical of her “obsession” with all things cinema, and she is on a mission to prove them all wrong. She wants to prove to them that a movie can happen in your everyday, ordinary life!
This book was such a sweet and charming piece of one of my favorite genres out there: chick lit! It really is based around Scarlett’s love for the cinema, so there are tons of movie references. I enjoyed this for the most part, but sometimes it got under my skin. I wouldn’t say it was overdone, but you definitely get the point after the first few chapters. Besides that small factor, I absolutely loved this book and I think it was written with tons of imagination and actually made me want to watch Notting Hill!
I wanted to see our main character, Scarlett, bloom as she traveled to Notting Hill for a short “break” to figure her life out. I felt so sorry for her at the start of the novel because her life just seemed so dull and rather boring. Her fiancĂ©, David, got on my absolute last nerve, but I believe that was the point. He was so strict with money and constantly nagged her about one thing or another. Even her best friend, Maddie, couldn’t appreciate her love for the cinema, and I just wanted to flick them all off the pages. I loved Scarlett, even though she was somewhat odd and quirky at times; this helped set her apart from other fictional characters.
I loved Sean, the rather nosy and sometimes arrogant neighbor that Scarlett meets while she is in London. The first time that I was introduced to Sean I must admit that I was not quite sure that I was going to like him at all. Once I saw him interact more with Scarlett and I saw his adventurous side come out, I immediately wanted her to leave David and fall deeply, head over heels in love with Sean. He brought out a side of Scarlett that I needed to see. Within the first few days of knowing Sean, Scarlett was being whisked off to a wedding for someone she didn’t even know. It was great to see her break free from the norms! I am so anxious for more from this author!
***A big thanks to the publishers at Sourcebooks Landmark for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review***


1 comment:

  1. What a cute book. I like the sound of Scarlett as a heroine. Thanks for the review.