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Not Like the Movies: 08/08/20

Not Like the Movies

Not Like the Movies by Kerry Winfrey is the sequel / companion piece to Waiting for Tom Hanks (2019). Chloe, best friend to now married screenwriter, Annie, is trying to live her life in the aftermath of being the inspiration for the rom-com Annie wrote.

The world knows her and her boss as Zoƫ and Rick. While the notoriety is good for Nick's coffeeshop, both are getting sick of the constant questions regarding their real life relationship. Sure, they have chemistry but they aren't a couple. They aren't going to be a couple, right?

Chloe's life is the coffeeshop and caring for her father. He has early onset Alzheimer's. Chloe has a mother but she left and remarried years ago. She also has a brother but he's in New York, too caught up in his own life to help out at home.

Not Like the Movies is what I was hoping for from the first book. Chloe is a cynic but still has hopes and dreams. She wants to start a bakery. She's attracted to Nick but she doesn't live her life based on lessons gleaned from Nora Ephron romcoms. Basically, this book is more grounded and less reliant on a reader's knowledge of a very specific fandom.

Five stars

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