I had been really looking forward to this book. I am a huge Kelly Oram Fan, and was so excited she was also in on this project.
If We Were a Movie by Kelly Oram (Power of the Matchmaker #3)
Music meets Movies in this sweet college romance from the bestselling author of Cinder & Ella.
NYU freshman Nate Anderson is a triplet who is desperate to escape his wild and crazy brothers. After they screw things up for him one too many times, Nate flees his housing situation and takes the first available room for rent as far from his brothers as he can get.
Enter his new roommate Jordan–a quirky LA girl who believes that everything in life has already been done in the movies. In this heartfelt tale of love, friendship and family, Nate learns how to deal with his new adult life using Hollywood films as a guide.
“Amazing concept with movies as chapters, and fantastic storyline.”
“I loved this story and was humming along to the songs from the book whilst reading. I can see this book becoming the movie it was written to be.”
“If We Were a Movie made me want to binge watch movies, listen to old playlists and re-read it all at once.”
“So this is what a Pearl-approved guy looks like.” She shook her head once and cracked a smile. “She’s got good taste, I’ll give her that. You’re an odd mix of sexy and adorable. Don’t see that often.”
I handed Jordan the electric guitar that I’ve had since I was twelve, and laughed when her eyes got really big. “You play the electric guitar, too?”
“Music major,” I teased, picking up my keyboard. “I play this, too. A little. And the bass guitar.”
“Awesome.” She examined the electric guitar with awe.
“Why do you seem so surprised?”
She looked at me as if the answer to that question should be obvious. “Hello. Have you met yourself? You with an acoustic guitar singing soft songs around a campfire or in a coffee house makes perfect sense. But I can’t picture you up on a stage, jamming on your electric guitar like a rock star.” She studied me a moment, then shook her head. “You’ll have to play for me, or I’m not going to believe it.”
Let me start of by saying this book was a good read. I enjoyed it, but I have a few concerns.
This book tells us the story of Nate and Jordan, two college students both pursuing a degree with the hope of making it in a hard industry. Nate is a music major, Jordan a film major. So they both understand the hardness of their choice, and the passion they share for their chosen studies.
Clearly they are a perfect match, so it is no surprise Pearl sets them up in a very Typical Oram way. The only down side is Nate is in a relationship with Sophie, an absolute BRAT, who treats him terribly, and is insufferable.
Now I mentioned I had concerns. I really did.
First off, I have read 3 books (Actually 4, I beta-read another one 🙂 ) previous to this one with Pearl as a character. The starting novella was her tale. So by now I kind of have a feel for Pearl. Knowing each author will give us their version of the Matchmaker and her involvement, I was expecting a slight unique side of Pearl each time around. Yet in this book I found Pearl to be so utterly Oram style, that I had a hard time swallowing Pearl ‘deadpanning’, and being the character portrayed in this book. I felt her loose some of her authenticity.
Another hard issue for me in this book was Sophie. She is horrible. I know that was the idea, but it took up so much of the book, I felt that there was little left for Nate and Jordan to get their full story. I know each couple needs to face issues to grow and come through, but this was at certain points so annoying, I was really getting upset with it.
This is the 7th book of Kelly Oram I have read, and sadly this is not the best one. I felt that the whole issue of Nate standing up for himself and dealing with Sofie was not on the same level of growth as say Libby overcoming her self-esteem issues, or Ella dealing with her burns, or Avery getting over her heart being broken.
All in all this is a fun read, nothing to heavy and deep, but not the best in this series, and not the best of Kelly Oram so far.
Signed copies of V is for Virgin & A is for Abstinence (1 winner, 2 books)