[Book Review]: From Notting Hill to New York…Actually- Ali McNamara

From Notting Hill to New York... Actually (Actually #2)GOODREADS SYNOPSIS: Scarlett O’Brien, utterly addicted to romantic films, has found her leading man. She’s convinced Sean is Mr Right, but the day-to-day reality of a relationship isn’t quite like the movies. With Sean constantly away on business, Scarlett and her new best friend Oscar decide to head to New York for the holiday of a lifetime. From one famous landmark to the next, Scarlett and Oscar make many new friends during their adventure – including sailors in town for Fleet Week, a famous film star, and Jamie & Max, a TV reporter and cameraman. Scarlett finds herself strangely drawn to Jamie, they appear to have much in common: a love of films and Jamie’s search for a parent he never knew. But Scarlett has to ask herself why she is reacting like this to another man when she’s so in love with Sean …


So once I finished the first book in this awesome trilogy, I had to keep going to see what happens next, and so I read this book in the space of 6 hours or so because I just couldn’t put it down. It’s one of those books where when you look back to see how far along you’ve read, you don’t realise you’re already past half way.

I would have to say this book wasn’t as great as the first book only because I found the first book had a lot more ‘movie moments’ and ‘movie scenarios’ in it than this one did. Also, as I started to read this book, I found the same pattern was starting to occur as it had in book one and I really didn’t want that to happen because you don’t want to read part 2 in a trilogy only for it to have the same story line, but I quickly guessed where Ali McNamara was going with everything soon enough and so it ended up going on a different path than book one did (to a point anyway), it did still feel a little like de ja vou while reading it.

Again, like book one, being a romantic comedy story, it is very predictable and you can basically guess where everything is going from the first couple of chapters, but even though it’s predictable, you still want to read it, just like you keep watching a movie even after you’ve guessed the plot.

The main character’s from book one weren’t really in this book. New character’s were introduced because Scarlett visits New York to see her dad. While she is still with Sean (which she should be after what she put poor David through in Book one), he doesn’t accompany her to New York until the end, where all the other character’s from book one also come into it -right at the end, but the way they were included when they were and why they were was pretty awesome really. Obviously this trilogy is based on movies, but let’s face it – these big happily ever after romantic gestures don’t really happen in real life – do they?

So it’s onto book number three for me today, I look forward to seeing how it’s going to all conclude and I’ll be back later on to share my thoughts with you all.

❤ MeLzY

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