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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 "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 a very different 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 purp Wishlist Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest You me and the movies is the perfect "BOOK FOR THE FANS OF THE MOVIE THEATERS IT " for the fans of the movie theaters It 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 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 reat love affair wit 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 moody spells and leave me sighing with a content full heart I also prefer my romance in the form of movies with a dash of Hollywood magic So 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 Nine Ghosts glad it didYou Me and Movies is not your typical rom com featuring star crossed lovers who make it despite all odds with cute film references sprinkled throughout It s a bittersweet tale tinged with nostalgia loss regret appreciation for movies overcoming the past and jumping on those precious second chances when they come by And it hooks you in almost immediately by making you care about its charactersArden in the beginning of the book is a middle aged woman a creature of routine stuck in a mundane job trying to find herself again after escaping an abusive marriage that s left her closed off to external relationships But she s transported back to the past after a chance encounter with an old flame a married film studies lecturer she met as a student in uni who s barely clinging on to life after a car accident As Arden reminisces her past we are introduced to a completely different side of her the bright wild and selfish side andet to know what went down with her and the film professor Mac one movie at a time The List as it s referred to in the book is a thoughtfully curated collection of classic Hollywood movies that corresponds to Arden s and Mac s illicit affair from its salacious beginning to its woeful end Fiona Collins love of movies is apparent throughout the book and reflected cleverly through the insights made by her characters and through a smattering of amusing referencesWhat makes this book special is the characters and how invested you Las Maravillosas Obras de Dios: Historias B�blicas Para La Familia get as Collins takes them throughood times bad times serendipitous turns heartbreaking realizations and nostalgia trips And despite delving in sensitive topics such as abuse depression extra marital affairs and the book never ets melodramatic Collins is tactful 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. ,
Den a university student when they had an affair and considering "they ve not seen each other in about 30 years the "ve not seen each other in about 30 years the 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 et 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 #I also 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 The New Song: For the Sunday School, Societies of Christian Endeavor, and Other Religious Exercises (Classic Reprint) good sign Iuess everything was a little average and that was the problem Average rating of 3 out of 5 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 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 writing made me smile and emotions Arabian Challenge gathered in me when I learned about Arden s life in the present uite a contrast from the effervescentirl she was I loved how the author ot her out of the shell slowly down the pages and I ot 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 Der Verlorene Koffer: A Graded Reader for Beginning Students go of past and living life completely in the present finding the small joys in life I loved this book It s such areat 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. 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.
Fiona Collins ☆ 0 DownloadN her approach and uides both the characters and the readers delicately through heavy themes "never lingering longer than needed Collins will take you through a rollercoaster of emotions and " lingering longer than needed Collins will take you through a rollercoaster of emotions and you reassess several things about your own journey There were several times when I found myself wondering the same things about my life as Arden did hers The importance of reaching out and keeping people in your life opening yourself up to new experiences not dwelling on the past and using it instead a tool to better understand yourself and move on and most importantly knowing that the best years of your life are still ahead of you 455 What happens once the film has finishedArden is a survivor She has left her abusive husband and although she is keeping people at arms length she is fine Then one evening after being persuaded to visit someone in hospital as she is leaving the 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 o 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 Thathelped to see the relationship that 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 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 American Literature Student Text giddiness and punched so hard in the stomach I m not sure when I moing to Cheyenne: A Sweet Historical Romance 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 soing 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 "reads Thank you Fiona Collins you ve broken but that journey that story those movies made it worth it 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 et to read about their relationship via flashbacksMac was a lecturer and Ar. 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. .