Title: The movie version
Author: Emma Wunsch
Genre: YA, Mental illness
Publisher & date: Amulet Books on October 11th 2016
“It doesn’t get easier,” he whispers.
“You just get more used to it.”
In the movie version of Amelia’s life, the roles have always been clear. Her older brother, Toby: definitely the Star. As popular with the stoners as he is with the cheerleaders, Toby is someone you’d pay ten bucks to watch sweep Battle of the Bands and build a “beach party” in the bathroom. As for Amelia? She’s Toby Anderson’s Younger Sister. She’s perfectly happy to watch Toby’s hijinks from the sidelines, when she’s not engrossed in one of her elaborately themed Netflix movie marathons.
But recently Toby’s been acting in a very non-movie-version way. He’s stopped hanging out with his horde of friends and started obsessively journaling and disappearing for days at a time. Amelia doesn’t know what’s happened to her awesome older brother, or who this strange actor is that’s taken his place. And there’s someone else pulling at her attention: a smart, cute new boyfriend who wants to know the real Amelia—not Toby’s Sidekick. Amelia feels adrift without her star, but to best help Toby—and herself—it might be time to cast a new role: Amelia Anderson, leading lady.
What I think of it
First of all: Thank you Netgalley and Amulet Books for the ARC!
I am so happy that more books are about Mental health, it’s such an important topic.
This story is so.. Real. Amelia knows nothing about her brother’s mental illness and doesn’t know how to handle it, her frustrations were realistic even though it’s not the right way to handle it. Yet after a while she understands how to help her brother and actually be there for him, she still needs to learn a lot but it’s very hopeful
This book actually shows how hard it sometimes is for people to cope with someone else’s mental illness and that’s what makes this story so different from others about that topic.
Overall I liked the book and I would definitely read more books of Emma Wunsch in the future!