The Movie Version

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Amelia Anderson and her brother, Toby, have always been movie lovers, quoting movies back and forth, making obscure Netflix playlists, and imagining the “movie version” of their own lives, in which fun, popular Toby is always the star. But after a summer away, Amelia comes back to find everything changed. Toby has gotten secretive and strange, and Amelia can’t seem to connect with him anymore. It doesn’t help that Amelia has a boyfriend now, too (she thinks). Is Toby just going through an adolescent phase, or is it something more serious?

At first glance, Emma Wunsch’s novel The Movie Version looks like another fluffy young adult novel, a story of family struggles and new relationships. Don’t be fooled, though, because this book has an unimaginable degree of depth. Readers will get an eye-opening look into the realities of mental illness: what it can look like, how it feels to have it affect someone close to you, the way it can wreak havoc in a family. Amelia’s reaction to her brother’s illness–her anger, her withdrawal from friendships–are all very realistic, and readers will be rooting for her to figure out how to deal with her new life.

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Author Emma Wunsch
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 368 pages
Publisher Amulet Books
Publish Date 2016-10-11
ISBN 9781419719004
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Issue October 2016
Category Young Adult


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