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Not Like the Movies

Not Like the Movies

By Kerry Winfrey


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 Nick Velez, Chloe’s cute but no-nonsense boss.

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 #2: 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.


I really enjoyed Not Like The Movies. Chloe and Nick were both great characters. The stress Chloe was under and that she puts on her self was really relatable. It was a lovely story and I very much appreciated the nuances of Chloe especially. She tries so hard to be positive and cheerful and life keeps throwing stresses at her.

But there’s still a part of me that feels like I’m stuck here, sinking in quicksand while everyone else moves on.

Not Like the Movies by Kerry Winfrey, Chapter Six

As readers, you were rooting for her and Nick to end up together since Waiting for Tom Hanks. I will say, I think it’s important to read Waiting for Tom Hanks first. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself disliking Annie for writing a movie about her best friend and not taking into consideration how that would affect Chloe.

I really did love Nick for Chloe. The chemistry between them is burning and a couple of times, they hit the “we want to but we shouldn’t” moments. Nick wants to help and support Chloe but he needs to be more than just the person she turns to out of desperation. They are a great couple once they work through their issues.

In a low voice, Nick says, “You know I’m not another person you have to take care of, Chloe.”

Not Like the Movies by Kerry Winfrey, Chapter Nine

That’s why I believe in bright colors, and cute hairdos, and elaborate baked goods, and cheerful music. Because it all counts. In a world that’s often hard and cruel, the tiny bits of warmth and kindness matter, too.

Not Like the Movies by Kerry Winfrey, Chapter Nine

Especially in this social distancing world were everything is upside down, I liked the emphasis on the simple things that can bring joy and make people smile in this book.

*Received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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