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From Notting Hill with Love...Actually (edition 2012)

by Ali McNamara

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Title:From Notting Hill with Love...Actually
Authors:Ali McNamara
Info:Sourcebooks Landmark (2012), Paperback, 448 pages
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I actually liked this book a lot more than I thought I would from the description. I also sort of liked the fact that the main character was a bit annoying in her delusions because she was just so optimistic. The pacing was excellent and the characters were fun. My only criticism is that the author pointed out in too much detail every time something mirrored a film scene. I would have loved to make those distinctions for myself and had a little chuckle every time I figured it out (because anyone who wanted to read this book would surely have loved and seen all the films mentioned), especially the ending. It was just all spelled out just a little too much. ( )
  mashiaraqcs | Mar 29, 2016 |
It seems like a fun book to read, especially if you saw both movies.
  mrsdanaalbasha | Mar 12, 2016 |
Cute premise, but at 312 pages it was about 75 pages longer than it needed to be. 2.5 stars. ( )
  Gingermama | Jan 24, 2016 |
3.5 Stars

From Notting Hill With Love...Actually, the debut novel from British author Ali McNamara, is a charming read for anyone who enjoys, as the title implies, romantic comedies.

Scarlett O'Brien is a young woman with a love of the cinema, a love her family and friends simply don't understand. After a row with her fiance David, Scarlett's father convinces her to take time for herself in order to determine what she really wants out of life. When an opportunity to house-sit in Notting Hill arises, Scarlett leaves her home in Stratford and heads for London. Although her family and friends think Scarlett is spending time away to make sense of her life, Scarlett herself sets out with the intent of proving that life can, in fact, be just like the movies. While in Notting Hill, Scarlett meets an interesting cast of characters, including handsome next-door neighbour Sean, who set into motion events that leave Scarlett thinking she will be able to prove wrong all those naysayers telling her life isn't like the movies. Along the way, however, Scarlett comes question if she is meant for a happily-ever-after and realizes that her actions can cause unintended pain to those she loves. Will Scarlett actually be able to prove that life is like the movies after all?

From Notting Hill With Love...Actually is fun, it's humorous and it has a wonderful cast of characters. While the plot itself is predictable, it does include a few twists that made me briefly wonder if the outcome I expected would indeed come to pass. While initially wary of Scarlett herself, mainly because it's hard to connect with a character obsessed with films, I ultimately found her endearing. Her difficulties in knowing what to do about life and love is a theme to which many readers can relate. My only criticism of the novel pertains to the characterization of Scarlett's fiance, David. While Scarlett is bubbly and full of life, David is flat and uninspired leaving it hard to understand why Scarlett is engaged to him. While this serves to make it easier for readers to attach themselves to Sean, Scarlett's friend in Notting Hill, with little to like about David it makes the unfolding and resolution of the love triangle plot that much more predictable. Nevertheless, given this is a novel version of a romantic comedy, the ultimate outcome of the love triangle is never really in doubt anyway and, for this reason, the lack of depth or likeability to David didn't impact on my enjoyment of the novel. ( )
  Melissa_J | Jan 16, 2016 |
Sappy, silly story. Put it away after two chapters the first time I picked it up. Tried it again and got 1/3 of the way through before I got bored and skipped to the end. Unsatisfying because I couldn't relate in any way to any of the characters. With the exception perhaps of Scarlett's father, the characters I got to know were self-serving and shallow. Not even a good book for the plane. ( )
  Desdelyn | Jan 13, 2016 |
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She was just a girl, standing in front of a boy ...wishing he looked more like Hugh Grant. Scarlett loves the movies. But does she love sensible fiance David just as much? With a big white wedding on the horizon, Scarlett really should have decided by now ...When she has the chance to house-sit in Notting Hill - the setting of one of her favourite movies - Scarlett jumps at the chance. But living life like a movie is trickier than it seems, especially when her new neighbour Sean is so irritating. And so irritatingly handsome, too. Scarlett soon finds herself starring in a romantic comedy of her very own: but who will end up as the leading man?

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Scarlett O'Brien is in love with the movies. Utterly hooked on Hugh Grant, crazy about Richard Curtis, dying with lust for Johnny Depp, Scarlett spends her days with her head in the clouds and her nights with her hand in a tub of popcorn. Which is not exactly what her sensible, DIY-obsessed fiance David has in mind for their future.… (more)

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