Fiction – Young Adult
Lights, camera—all Maeve needs is action. But at eighteen, a rare form of muscular dystrophy usually stands in the way of romance. She’s got her friends, her humor, and a passion for filmmaking to keep her focus off consistent rejection…and the hot older guy starring in her senior film project.
Tall, bearded, and always swaying, Cole Stone is everything Maeve can’t be. And she likes it. Between takes, their chemistry is shockingly electric.
Suddenly Maeve gets a taste of typical teenage dating life, but girls in wheelchairs don’t get the hot guy—right? Cole’s attention challenges everything she once believed about her self-image and hopes for love. But figuring this out, both emotionally and physically, won’t be easy for either of them. Maeve must choose between what she needs and what she wants, while Cole has a tendency to avoid decisions altogether. And her failing lungs might not wait for either.
Writing negative reviews is really hard for me. The last thing I want to do is hurt anyone’s feelings! My feelings get hurt really easily so I never want to do that to another person intentionally. However, as I’ve said before, I always want to be honest and upfront with you all if I didn’t enjoy a book. And this book was just not for me!
I was hesitant to keep reading about 20 or so pages in because nothing about the story was pulling me in, but I decided to push on and it did get more interesting. I was entertained enough to keep reading and was not dreading picking up the book so that’s always a plus, right? As my friend Jenna would say—I didn’t hate my life while reading it.
I typically enjoy Young Adult books and don’t seem to typically have an issue with feeling like they are too “teeny-bopper” or anything. However, This Is Not a Love Scene felt extremely juvenile to me. I kept reminding myself that these characters were apparently eighteen years old because I felt they acted like they were thirteen.
My main issue with this book was the overall message it conveyed. The main character never developed any true self-awareness and the story as a whole seemed to say settle for whatever you can get because that’s all you can really hope for anyway. The ending left me feeling disappointed, sad, and frustrated. I was hoping this book would be encouraging but it was far from it.
Please don’t let my opinions keep you from reading this book! These are my own thoughts and you could very well feel differently about it. I’m becoming comfortable with having the unpopular opinion. 🙂
Available May 7th!
Thank you to Wednesday Books for my Advance Reader Copy. All opinions expressed are my own.