Sunday, January 9, 2011
Only in the Movies by William Bell
William Bell is a writer from Ontario and I always love his books. Other books he has written include: The Blue Helmet, http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Stones-William-Bell/9780770428754-item.html?ikwid=stones+by+william+bell&ikwsec=Home, and http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Crabbe-William-Bell/9780773674837-item.html?ikwid=william+bell&ikwsec=Books
Only in the Movies is different from his other books. Most of his books are serious or mysterious. This one is much funnier and reminds me a bit of Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
The main character is Jake, a boy who realized his dream job would be writing scripts for movies after he sees a movie being shot by his house. To this end, he knows he must get into the York School of Arts where he at least stands a chance to learn about the performing arts. There, he meets an interesting cast of characters. Alba- the girl he falls in love with, Chad- the boy Alba falls in love with and his best friend Vanni. Jake uses Vanni's poetic way with words to help sway Alba to fall in love with him. Then, Alba wants to use Jake's way with words to sway Chad. If this seems confusing, it is because the whole love triangle, romantic comedy, Shakespearian tragedy with a little bit of Casablanca thrown in all plays out in one year at high school.
Although the plot does seem a bit hard to follow in a summary, Bell's writing is easy to follow and the reader will enjoy watching Jake try to win over the love of his life while learning about what is really important in life.